(Some) Activists Can’t Get No Satisfaction

April 5, 2009

Mark Hawthorne just published another important and lengthy blog post, this time on the comparative satisfaction of activists who work full-time for nonprofits vs. those who go at it part-time on their own. I’m quoted a couple times, and I think I’d be sounding a whole lot more chipper about my work if I weren’t immersed in re-indexing The Ultimate Vegan Guide for a new release later this month. And in retrospect I way underestimated my word count for this past year.

Anyway, Mark’s entry seems to indicate higher satisfaction among activists who are employed full-time by nonprofits instead of working on their own. At the same time, Mark does a nice job of assessing the potential pitfalls of working at a nonprofit.

So, here are my two cents: happier people are more likely to assess their work favorably, no matter what work they’re doing or who they’re doing it for. At the same time, happier people are also probably more likely to get jobs at nonprofits, since they generally have the social skills to work well with others.

While this article is an important read, there’s one issue to bear in mind. People who work on their own are a whole lot more likely be truthful about their satisfaction level. What person who works for a non-profit would go on record saying their job stinks and their boss is a psycho? Link.

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