The stirrings for good work often come in quiet, subtle ways. Perhaps in a feeling of dissatisfaction or disappointment. Or a deep longing for something more, for something beyond the routines that may have served us well in the past but no longer satisfy. We are intentional, purposeful beings, aiming for something beyond ourselves that fulfils our dreams and aspirations and gives meaning to our lives. Often the goals that occupy our waking hours are set by others and although we may be rewarded (financially or in other ways) they leave us feeling empty. The ends towards which the social and cultural environment channels our desires and seeks to satisfy our longing, leave us hungry for more. The GoodWork programme nurtures a vision of human flourishing that includes what good relationships look and feel like, how we can live in harmony with nature, how we might be part of a just economy, and what counts as good work.
In Animal Dreams, Barbara Kingsolver, the American award winning novelist, writes: “The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”