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Lauren Bacon - perspectives & inquiries for curious people

Let's talk possibility models for small biz. (Photo by Leyre Labarga on Unsplash)

A confession: I wrote an essay that's the culmination of months of thinking, and I'm afraid no one will think it's any good. 

I feel like I ought to be sharing it with you with enthusiasm! And exclamation points!! – but in actual fact, I feel vulnerable as hell about it. 

(And I'm also smiling wryly at how tender I'm feeling, because I genuinely want critique and feedback.)

What the tenderness is telling me is that I care deeply about this subject. That I want this to take wing. That… [lowers voice to a whisper] if I'm honest? I have ambitions around this. I want this to be my next book. And possibly a podcast, too.

Whew, I just said that out loud, didn't I?

But here's what I've learned from the manymanymany times that I either kept my ideas to myself until I thought they were ready to share (i.e. foreverrrrrr), or slipped things quietly into the water and then wondered why they didn't make a splash*: you learn a lot more from critique and feedback than you do from silence. 

So here's the link. It's part curiosity experiment, part manifesto, and part invitation -- about why and how small business can repair some of the things that are off the rails in the world.

If you've known me for a while, you know this is something I've spent most of my adult life thinking about, and working on. But only recently have my ideas started to coalesce into something resembling a framework. The most basic sketch of that framework is outlined in this essay.

I would love for you to let me know what you think – and if this resonates with you, to share it with your people. If all goes according to plan, I'll spend the next few months having conversations with entrepreneurs who are doing business differently, and gathering stories and ideas that I can then share with the rest of the world.


(*Thanks to my friend Tanya Geisler for this perfect turn of phrase.)

Recent output:

Better than business as usual: how smaller businesses can fix the world (and still turn a profit). And a curiosity experiment that's both an ode to vinyl records and an invitation to remember yourself.

I was also quoted in this MIT Technology Review article about cloud computing and distributed teams [PDF], which is probably of interest to, like, 0.01% of you, but I'm geeking out about it.

Recommended inputs:

Tim O'Reilly's excellent critique of "blitzscaling" – both the book and the Silicon Valley strategy.  The Inuktitut word for "internet" is ikiaqqijjut, "the tool to travel through layers." Emma Thompson's possibility model for wielding privilege effectively


Russian Doll on Netflix. It's as amazing as everyone keeps telling you. I watched it twice in two weeks – once by myself, and again with my partner. And if you're on the fence about it, stick it out until the end of the third episode before you make up your mind. (Bonus: it's just 8 x 25 minute episodes.)

Get curiouser:

I help entrepreneurs, freelancers, and nonprofit leaders discover their own definitions of success, and live and work in alignment with them. If that sounds like you, you might want to pick up a copy of my book, Curious for a Living, or schedule a coaching session with me.

One last thing…

Queer Eye season 3 launches tomorrow!!! …which means today is basically Christmas Eve for JVN (and Antoni, Bobby, Karamo and Tan) fans. 

Queer Eye cast members wearing Christmas sweaters


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Stay curious,

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