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Andrea Pauri

owner of "Tartufi da Pauri",


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What kind of job would you do if you were not worried about the income?

With a Basic Income and so with a economic-freedom, which job do u do?

  • Mar 22 2011: I think I'd continue in my chosen profession as an ESL teacher. I enjoy working with kids and seeing them progress from using mostly L1 into varying levels of English competency.
  • Mar 21 2011: I would conduct laughter workshops at High Schools throughout the world
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    Mar 21 2011: I'd become a student of the world..explore new places, meet new people..then share what I learn (via a book, blog, teaching, etc).
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    Mar 22 2011: I would become a traveler and explore the world...or an organic farmer
  • Mar 22 2011: If you have a "vocation" and that is how you choose your "job" which means your are doing what you like to do to begin with, and you're happy when your doing it, then income becomes a secondary issue. So to answer your question directly, I would continue to do what I presently do. I do not consider it a job. It is much beyond that. I only wish that more individuals would subscribe to the fact that money is not the deity that many would have us believe and that it does not make the world go around rather it causes the tail to wag the dog. Doing what you like is a gift to society.
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    Mar 21 2011: I would want to go back and be a homesteader as I did in my twenties: milking goats, gardening, making cheese, planting edibles, stalking the wild asparagus and sell the extra produce at a farm stand but the new twist is to do my acupuncture out of the house.
  • Mar 20 2011: wildlife photographer, a polyglot, translator/interpreter, writer and a language teacher ^^
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    Mar 19 2011: i'd be a travelling food taster for fhe rest of my life. I'd start in Portugal and head East around the world, walking between meals to keep in shape. I might even keep a diary of my tasty travels.
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      Mar 20 2011: That, sir, is a very tasty idea indeed! I could also imagine traveling and writing a book on these culinary adventures!
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    Mar 19 2011: Teach American children Chinese in order to broaden their minds/perspectives and lay the groundwork for a collaborative future that is educated enough to resist the perpetual conflict paradigm that drives our worldview.
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    Mar 19 2011: a professor
  • Mar 18 2011: I would travel the world and - through art, music, and conversation - convince children that they can achieve anything they put their minds to.
  • Mar 18 2011: Researcher. I would go ahead and do field research in the remotest places, try to really understand how people live and what they need and how they want to get it in poor, rural areas. I´d also learn more languages and translate to connect cultures.
  • Mar 18 2011: I would get whichever job allowed me to make as much money as possible while increasing my talent. Then, I would have the means to invest in worthy causes.

    Simple physics teaches that force is equal to mass multiplied by velocity (F=MxV2). As I see it, our ability to be a force for good is dependent on our means (our mass) and our talent, passion, etc. (our velocity).

    If this is true, our force is at least somewhat dependant on our wealth. Obviously, increasing either factor (mass or velocity) will produce an increase in force, but why not try to increase both factors simultaneously?
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      Mar 19 2011: An excellent metaphor, relating in increase of a good cause to an increase of a good effect.
      But, as a concerned physicist, its acceleration. F=ma, not mv.

      mv is momentum. As a parallel you could say that nothing increases momentum quite like an increase in velocity which in your case, I suspect, would be an increase in participation.
      • Mar 21 2011: If only I could vote "+1" twice...
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      Mar 19 2011: I love your way of thinking ' to make as much money as possible while increasing your talent thus investing in noble causes 'sounds terrific to me " hope everyone understands this is the future
      'it's a quadruplicate win. You win doing what you love doing you make the money the cause gets the money 'everyone is happy 'love love love it
      • Mar 22 2011: Making money is rarely fun though. It seems mostly ruthless - you have to take it from SOMEone! (or someone else takes it on your behalf if you are employed). I just read a book on the Harvard MBA course and the grads it produces. They all leave with this aspiration to make money to enable a big personal contributions to good causes, and as the author saw, it almost never happens. When you become as famous as Billy Gates I suspect there's no choice. I don't know why its like that, and I don't want to find out, I just think its naieve to say these things. Sorry if this is not in the fluffy spirit of the question!
        • May 10 2011: Close, but not necessarily so. At CorruptionManagemenet.com we don't have to be ruthless about anyone honest. And even the dishonest end up on balance benefiting from our system. So, if you find a social cause that can produce income and you can use/join it - full speed ahead! And I'm sorry about the Harvard kids not finding good social causes to join. If it's true - they're simply not looking hard enough or can't see the obvious... Or perhaps they aren't serious about their social causes to begin with, and simply jump on the most promising money-making opportunity that pays off big bucks right away... Few people really mean what they say about doing good. We've had many people trying to join our firm claiming they want to rid the world of corruption. Alas, most of the time they want a paycheck first and then the glory that comes with the badge of "corruption fighter." It doesn't work this way. Well, maybe in government and government-supported organizations, but in the end all too often they end up hurting, not helping the real work. I presume you won't be surprised that we find many anti-corruption agencies that are, ahem, corrupt to one degree or another.
    • Mar 21 2011: or
      [Force] ( true experience of the complete NOW)=[MASS]self aware(see our own thoughts-all of them) and[Velocity] the release (into freedom from thought / judgment / labeling)
    • Mar 23 2011: In Newtonian physics, force can only exist if a mass is changing it's velocity.
      It is some times non intuitive to many people, that bodies moving at constant velocity (and without any external force) do not require any force to keep on doing so.
      This is probably the case for most of us humans, we tend to maintain our inertia, and quite strongly resist any changes to our lifestyle. Most of our decisions are half chance, but once in orbit, we sort of stay there
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    Mar 18 2011: Hi,

    funnily enough, I'd still design and develop software, compose and play music, and write, though I'd take more time to write, novels in particular, and the choice of software will be strictly mine therefore quite different.

    But I'd say the biggest difference would be in the place where I'd be living ('cause I wouldn't have to live close to my current company) and the consistently lower amount of cortisol in my veins (anxiety hormone).

    A very good idea anyway, do you postulate to support us if we "make the leap"...? :)

    • Mar 18 2011: I am betting the answer is no :(

      I will leap with you if it is yes
  • Mar 5 2011: Parenthood! =)
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    Apr 26 2011: Voluntary works while travelling around the world and i would enjoy that to be teaching
  • Mar 23 2011: With a year left in my engineering degree, this is certainly something I've been considering recently. In the last couple of years I've gained an ever increasing love of music, and would love to dedicate my life to it. However, the work required to make a living out of music is long, hard, and unreliable, and may even drain the joy out of it. The big decision is whether I just follow my current engineering career path, with music as a hobby, or go all out and study music with the hopes of making it my life.

    One hell of a decision.
  • Mar 23 2011: i'd have a hammer and a list of albanian sex traffickers in europe
  • Mar 23 2011: I would become a PRIMARY SCHOOL teacher... Nothing is better than spreading education...
    It will help the poor ones to break themselves out of the chains of Poverty...THE SUREST WAY FOR THEM is ONLY THE EDUCATION and MOTIVATION!!
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    Mar 22 2011: Actually this is a problem that worries me mostly these years. I think I've done so many choices on consideration about income that I almost lose my ability to think about a question like this. Maybe I would like to be an TV Tour Show host who can travel around the world. Hope one day I could realize my dream. Bless.
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    Mar 22 2011: I'd continue to be a translator, because I adore this kind of job. My dream is to translate fiction. Also I'd like to be a consulting psychologist that is not very popular in Russia now. And much of travelling, reading, thinking and volunteering!
  • Mar 22 2011: I would own and operate and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. As soon as I have enough capitiol I will do just that.
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    Mar 21 2011: Okay, an adoptive parent and an organic farmer.
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    Mar 21 2011: Thank you for the question. I am at the point in life where income does not matter to me. I am not wealthy but I do have the resources to survive - in the financial, mental and physical sense.

    For now, I continue to work at my present job. Not for any love of the work, but because it is what I do. Today mind you I spent hours following various TED conversations. Tomorrow it will be deciding on whether to pursue another job while continuing to spread the sustainability message.

    I will continue to explore new areas and new opportunities in my profession by following the basic requirement I have established for a new job - of which the income level is not on the list.

    My present interest is on sustainability and spreading the message that Our Planet needs Our Help. The only thing we need to survive is the one thing we purposely destroy.

    I find I devote more time to promoting a paradigm shift in thinking and perhaps that is what I will do once I decide that working is hindering me from positively promoting the message.
  • Mar 21 2011: I would be a humanitarian developement worker. However instead of jumping into it, I am actually working now to put money on the side for in 10 years take a pay cute and to be able to travel to aid camps.
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    Mar 20 2011: If this was the case, the best pastime for such a person would be to make it happen for as many people as possible, as with groups and large numbers of interactions and cross-exchanges in ideas, we could collectively achieve in 2 years what takes 20 years to do, in reference to advances in art, design, technology and culture. Humanity would be free of the shackled of consumerism, capitalism and start thinking in terms of 'we' rather than 'me'. Lets work for such a goal. We dont have any alternatives, the way things are going.
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    Mar 20 2011: I would continue on the path of being an inventor, but I would add in public activist. I just want people to be more aware, just in general our society, more in america than most places, we are covering everything up with mass media garbage and it annoys me, so I would like to shed light onto what is good, what we can make better and hopefully bring people together to create a better more stable world we live in.