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 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 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"...? :)

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      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.
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    Mar 18 2011: Fisherman and philosopher
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    Mar 18 2011: I would definitely be a philosopher, probably an ethicist, and I would spend my time writing ethical analysis of news items.
  • Mar 18 2011: A Saint!!!!!!!!!!!.. ;-)
  • Mar 5 2011: The one I have always loved- Wildlife art!
    • Mar 19 2011: Had to say hi as I loved your response and l fully appreciate all life 'wildlife nature is all amazing I can understand you wanting to capture and appreciate it through art
  • Jul 13 2011: 111111111111112
  • Mar 24 2011: I would do some good around me. I would dedicate myself in helping people who don't have the means to express their feelings and thoughts freely.

    I would help children and grown ups deal with mental illness because most of the time, this is still a big taboo and people who suffer from it can't talk about it. Nor do people who live with them. Children with mental illness are not even properly acknowledged for.

    I would also help people who are stuck in an unhealthy work environnement get the help they deserve. So many people are just helpless in a difficult job situation and just can't talk about it and don't know how to get out of it. Abuse in the workplace is kept silent.
  • Mar 23 2011: Professional Couch Potato (PCP?)

    Nah. actually I would try to go and help fight desertification by learning more about permaculture and the groassis waterboxx system. Try to re-green stuff so we could get more food to more remote areas.
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    Mar 23 2011: i will do all type of job whatever i know cause i strogly belief we dont need to have a degree of any skills cause we are born with skills and will learn more from others as i share my skills .Just beccause someone has degree does not mean the person know all in that feild as some colleges are fake and scam, but at present for past two years i am already working without money part time for The Freeconomy Community where everybody help each other just for the love of it .Its PAY IT FORWARD concept no barter and hoping one day if all work according to such concept of freeconomy we all wont need money at all as reward.People who do work just for the love of it ,usually do two persons work, rest can just sit at home doing nothing , however,its impossible for anyone healthy not to move their body cause then not moving body can cause some other sickness. Most of the job is done by machine .
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    Mar 23 2011: I'd be a plastic surgeon for burned children, at a Public Hospital! I would be changing childrens life in every hour of everyday of my adult life. I would be making a profound difference to the people who need it most but dont have money for private hospitals and doctors. Unfortunately my parents did not have money to put me through to University. I had to find a job and help raise my siblings, hence I had studied part time for both my degrees and paid for my studies all this time. Having said that, I have adopted two orphans through an "Adopt A Child Programme" here at work, who I support financially on a monthly basis. For me its about making a difference in the lives of those that are less fortunate, however small!
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    Mar 22 2011: I would be either in social service or a researcher...
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    Mar 20 2011: I would create enormous sculptures, made of all kinds of scrap, so big that I would have to have a crane in my studio.
    It would be fun to have it in a building were my husband could have his chemistry lab next to my studio. We would have our own entrances and back yards. In that way we could easily choose when to dive into a project, with no contact between us and when to connect at breaks.
  • Mar 20 2011: I would like to be a publisher's reader.
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    Mar 20 2011: I second Gurneet Travel the World!
    Great people to meet.
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    Mar 20 2011: Traveler/explorer! Also, I would love to teach kids.
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    Mar 20 2011: A dreamer.
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    Mar 19 2011: Musician. Preferably Mozart.
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    Mar 19 2011: It's a great question and as I read through the comments all of which were inspiring it struck me that if we are to believe Ken Robinson (Which I do) then surely we should all pursue our dreams with gusto!
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    Mar 19 2011: I would run a Theatre Company. At age 38 I changed my career from successful restaurant manager to train as an Actor I have never made a lot of money but I have remained in the Theatre industry since I am 55 now and I have to say it really was the best professional choice I ever made. I also write and I am committed to make enough income so that I can do those two things and not have to worry about my family eating.
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    • Mar 19 2011: Ah... but for many it's not so simple. I am a husband and father, and therefore have the dreams of my wife and kids to take into account before I selfishly follow my own. Sometimes the correct answer is "no" or "not yet".
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        • Mar 21 2011: Certainly as we grow older (and lose much of the selfishness of the younger years), however with children you must play a balance between short term and long term planning. For by ignoring the first you risk not having a relationship in the future.

          However for those without dependents- dare.
  • Mar 19 2011: exactly what I do now: teach music and play concerts (and I am worried about money)
  • Mar 19 2011: Well as an animal activist/climate campaigning artist my life is not about money
    Although having said that when I become a famous artist I can't wait to give all my money away
    Hats off to those who make a difference while they are here
  • Mar 19 2011: Go anywhere fantastic to find the code of our world
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    Mar 19 2011: Being passion driven ,what I am doing now I am passionate about it. Even then if I need to change I would love to choose between being a Free Lance Nature Watcher cum Writer or a Teacher of Kids .
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    Mar 19 2011: or an IT manager
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    Mar 19 2011: biologist,go anywhere there are sorts of new linings that i wouldn't see .just like south AMerica ,africa and so on
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    Mar 18 2011: Researcher and teacher
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    Mar 18 2011: I would teach other people to be happy and satisfied with whatever they can make out of basic income and economic freedom.
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    Mar 18 2011: camera operator for small/art house films
  • Mar 18 2011: I'd do space research
  • Mar 18 2011: I would work in the open air with something that allows me to use my hands, a National Trust Park Keeper or a professional rock climber.
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    Mar 18 2011: Easily easily - filmmaker making films that make a difference. Am doing it anyway despite being terribly worried about money!!

    Though I would not trade the experience of raising my 5 kids (now grown) for anything. The joy for me now is making the film with my daughter.
  • Mar 18 2011: I'd have a small real organic farm, instead of a big organic garden
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    Mar 18 2011: spreading ideas about public policies (with income- policy making and implementation both).
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    Mar 18 2011: Adoptive or foster parent.
  • Mar 18 2011: I'd be Anthony Bourdain, that is, a traveling food critic.
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    Mar 18 2011: I would be a game and sports reviewer.
  • Mar 18 2011: Every job that presently seemed interesting to me. 'one at a time'