The accidental Entreprenuers.

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Yesterday Lee and I spoke at Snow College’s Entrepreneurial Seminar. I was a little bemused when the invitation came simply because we have never thought of ourselves as entrepreneurs. If an entrepreneur is “an enterprising individual who builds capital through risk and/or initiative”. Then I suppose we are. There certainly is a fair amount of risk involved and initiative required to make it as artists in this economy. We had a good time and I hope the students got something they can use. I began by reading Wedell Berry’s “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer’s Liberation Front“. I talked about Dicken’s character Jacob Marley and his regrets about having spent his career concerned with “the dealings of my trade” instead of the real business of the common welfare of Mankind. Ed Abbey said that “Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell”. When it was over the director said it was unique in the history of their seminars. I’ll bet. THat is what they get for inviting old hippies to talk about business.
Pictured above are Lee, me, Allan Christensen and Jamee Wheelwright.

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In other news the wheel keeps cranking out holiday bargains for the upcoming sale days just a few weeks off.

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3 Responses to “The accidental Entreprenuers.”

  1. Craig Says:

    What a concept: Joe and Lee as entrepreneurs ;) But that you certainly are and I love Wedell Berry’s writing. I think you’ve managed to both be concerned with your craft and with the betterment of man.

    I recall you telling Liz and I that you wanted your pots to be used and to provide the end user with a sense of community/wonder or words like that when sharing a meal using your creations. You have done a great job there as there are many fond memories carried on those Bennion dishes we use nearly every day. Stay the course you two are possibly the most congruent people we know. Craig and Liz

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