Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Inc Magazine: Covid-19 and the Future of the Passion Economy

Inc Magazine has just published my article, Covid-19 and the Future of the Passion Economy -- with this teaser:  An emerging new infrastructure allows people to make a living doing things they love. The big question: How to properly value what you do.

From the opening...
The “Passion Economy”--the emerging sector of individuals using technology to make a living by direct support from the people they serve--is an emerging force. According to one study, 17 million Americans earned nearly $7 billion in this way in 2017. Who participates in this? Many are creators frustrated with modern modes of livelihood who seek a return to the traditional values of work.  They want to “follow their passion” in their economic life in ways that embrace their individuality -- to restore the self-actualizing joy of creation, and of earning sustenance and support from direct human bonds with those they serve.  They typically do this as an artisan or service-provider in a small business, doing what they love with a customer focus (but even some larger businesses now seek to enable a similar passion).  And now, the Covid-19 pandemic has given this new urgency, highlighting how these strong, direct relationships enable resilience though unstable times.  
This passion economy, described in a recent article and a book, is a way for “passion entrepreneurs” to escape from the rat race of conventional companies – and of the newer Gig Economy that has turned out to be little better. 
But many passion entrepreneurs face a revenue dilemma...[read more...]
(While the focus of the Passion Economy -- and this article -- centers on profiting from the kind of customer-centered co-creation of value that drives passion entrepreneurs in small businesses, the same principles can transform large businesses as well, as explained in my other writings -- see below.)

Update notes [4/29/20] 

In addition to the links about the Passion Economy included in my Inc article, this very recent posting from a European VC adds insights:  A primer on the Passion Economy.

Also, the term Passion Economy has been in use for a while. It dates back at least to this 1/13/16 article by another VC that also provides good background: The Passion Economy: How to Actually Do What You Love


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Important scholarly coverage of FairPay is in the Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management, A novel architecture to monetize digital offerings, and in the Australasian Marketing JournalPricing in Consumer Digital Markets: A Dynamic Framework, as well as an earlier introduction in Harvard Business Review.

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