I wrote in my last entry that I’d rather be Ion “Nuke” Newcombe, the editor of AntipodeanSF, than Mark Zuckerberg. Which begs the question: why don’t I do what Nuke does? There are already many science fiction magazines and web sites around and there’s no obvious need for another one from me, but is there something equivalent I could do in another field?
I have held several offices and run numerous events for the Society for Creative Anachronism and once upon a time I also maintained the OS/2 version of the Pine Messaging System. But I don’t think I’ve ever started anything like this, or even had overall responsibility for something that had already been started, only jumped in when vacancies appeared in movements in which I was already involved.
Maybe I could consider A Little Research my (first) attempt at building something of my own. Even though I’m doing it with the intention of turning a profit, I’d also like to think it serves a broader purpose in improving the practice of engineering through scientific research, and if the company ever gets big enough to have partners or employees I’d like to think that it will support those people in achieving what they want out of work as well.
Of course there’s probably a limit to how many such initiatives the world needs or can absorb. And, from another point of view, insisting that I ought to have one of my own might be seen as narcissism. For all the buzz surrounding entrepreneurialism these days, for example, the overwhelming majority of people most of the time do their bit as employees of organisations that already exist.
I’ll likely hold more office and run more events for the Society for Creative Anachronism in the future. Maybe I’ll also join another open source project though I’ve been considering this on and off for quite some time without ever finding a project that seemed to suit. In the meantime, of course, I’ll continue to work at both my regular employment and A Little Research just like everyone else.