The Future Of Income

... it might not be what you think it is.

All my newsletters end with a request for feedback with results that vary from ‘crickets’ to an overloaded inbox. Sometimes, communication comes with a comment that references ‘unsolicited feedback’, but that’s not right. I solicit the feedback every week and am always happy to receive it. Be it positive or negative, lessons can be learned. So thank you. All of you.

A positive example is this link about Amanda Palmer that came from my friend JP (the other one). The article argues that Amanda ‘made’ Patreon ‘made’ Amanda ‘made’... you get the drift. Her place in my music pantheon is in the neutral quadrant, but I am a big fan of her approach to building an income to allow her to deliver her art. That, I have been a fan of since I first listened to her Ted Talk 6 years ago.

If you like the talk - you might also like her book.

The tie back to People First is to remind us all that there is no Future of Work, only a Future of Income, which in my opinion Amanda has nailed. A perfect example of The Business Equation in action.

‘JP’ was asking whether the ‘Amanda model’ is scalable. I say yes - maybe not massively so - but definitely yes.

Another positive ‘incoming’…

I really like your focus on people. It's a tough sell these days because the words are so watered down with the modern take … that it seems almost meaningless. Keep fighting the good fight.


On the negative front, I have previously mentioned that I did once get dinged for the age of my musical references. I get it. I'm trying to get better. I’ve also had odd slams that emerge through verbal misunderstandings, but through dialogue, we get through to the other side pretty quickly.


Sometimes the feedback makes you sit up, look around and mutter ... 'waaaaaaaa'. One such incoming occurred just this week. Unseen, yet explained, by the very next email, where a friend referenced Voltaire's advocacy of 'freedom of speech', 'freedom of religion' and 'separation of church and state' being done with humour, irreverence and occasional prison time.

Sense made. I ain’t no Voltaire, but I read those words and moved on to thinking how feedback uses bridges to allow free flow of insights, ideas and refinements. When you use a pier it all stops.

Mr. Robert Zimmeran’s All Along The Watchtower came to mind.

One interpretation of the song (in case you don’t know the words), suggests that it is a conversation between the Devil and Jesus, arguably preempting the foundation of the Gaiman/Pratchett novel that appeared nearly a quarter of a century later. But that’s a different story other than to award bonus points if you knew that Neil Gaiman is married to Amanda Palmer (see how feedback loops work?).

Whether the roles are correct only Bob can say (and to my knowledge, he hasn’t) BUT - the Joker is definitely someone who seeks to push their stick into the side of the establishment. That is what I am trying to do. It might be uncomfortable to have the stick in your side but part two of this program is to help us understand the stick and do something about it.

The problems we face as a society are unprecedented. We live in a divided world. So divided that even when we are on the same side we argue. With ferocity. With anger. With too little listening. Sometimes the diatribe is delivered with such force that any chance to turn the monologue into a dialogue is lost before it starts.

But yet in this song, now well over 50 years old, we find the Devil and Jesus talking together, riding side by side with different viewpoints, different understandings, but similar goals.

You know what I'm talking about. You know who I am talking about. Follow the advice and direction of whoever you want. But just because it feels right for you doesn’t make it right for me.

With all due respect… wake up and smell the coffee.


My thanks for your continued support and attention. Please do like the post, share through your social channels of choice and forward the email to colleagues, friends and family that want to join us on this journey. I truly appreciate all of your support and all your comments (positive and negative).