Monday, October 29, 2012

#WorkAnywhere - Ethics in action

I wasn't expecting to be writing this blog post today, from the train. But a conversation over lunch gave me an utterly different take on the #WorkAnywhere tag.

I've always thought of it as the inspiration to work any time, any place ... Free from geographic constraints, within limits.

But today I met a man who graduated in a particular branch of computing that meant he could work anywhere, for pretty much any employer with an interest in his field. And he was courted by some government and defence industry organisations.

However, this man has strong feelings about using technology for peace, climate change and similar issues. For him, the freedom to work anywhere is constrained by a higher commitment to ethical values.

It's admirable to find someone reflective enough to live by his principles. It's hardly unique, but sadly nor is it that common.