This work of the home, this mother's work, which men poetically praise (praise is so cheap!), is not recognized by the State as having any value whatever. Neither does society recognize a value in it, notwithstanding it never tires of lauding and flattering.
In this paper, I would like to talk about Hemfrid, my company. My experience in starting and running this company has taught me a lot about the value of the home and how important the work that goes into it is. I believe that this knowledge may be able to contribute something to the topic of the panel, namely, home management. To give a brief overview, I am going to discuss Hemfrid in light of the two important pillars of the company: demand, or need, and the importance of quality and personal touch. I believe that both of these pillars, especially when considered more in depth, are important for a company that works in the home not merely because they are important in the realm of business, but because they are needs that are intrinsically linked to the home.
As a planner and an urbanist I see the world through a zoom lens. I am always 'zooming out' to the big view where we are looking at cities as a whole and then 'zooming in' to see the fine detail. That is a very important mental trick when you have a topic like house and home, because, of course, our house is our home. It is the dwelling, with its routines, its furnishings and its meals. However, the home is much more than that.
The idea of linking professionalism and homemaking is an interesting issue to explore. In the brief given to us by Home Renaissance Foundation we were asked to contribute and link our research on professionals with the aims of this conference. Our contribution draws from the areas of professional service firms and professionalism in management. From this perspective, most people would probably say that they would like to be professionals at home as they are in other spheres of their professional life.
In reading the mission and the vision of the Home Renaissance Foundation, and comparing it to our own vision and mission, I found two major points of contact which I will try to expand upon here. The first is the orientation towards the well-being of individuals and community, which is present in both of our institutions' missions. The second is the stress on the content beyond the physical structures, whether it is the home in relation to the house or, as in our case, the museum in relation to the building. In any case, the stress is on the soft versus the hard, and this I think is present in both of our missions. Let me talk about how we confront these two aspects at the museum.
I hope that you will be able to see some strong connections between this paper and the previous ones as it is important that our thoughts connect without duplicating each other. I would like to go deeper on what has been referred to as the organisation of the social, the importance of the third place, particularly the importance of engagement with people.
My basic thesis is very simple: work has always been the main thing that shaped our lives over time and economics and technology are the main things that shape work. I have been writing for many years now trying to guess what those changes will be as work changes and technology changes work. It seems to me that at the moment everything is coming together.
Babette's Feast is perhaps the greatest artistic statement of the way the communal enjoyment of food and wine provide more than necessary nourishment for the body. Babette's Feast argues for a sacramental union of matter and spirit, human and divine. The feast is a "love affair" that combines "spiritual and bodily appetites." It unites and elevates the entire community in a spirit of gratitude toward those who have made sacrifices and offered gifts on their behalf, especially toward the "giver of every good and perfect gift." It is an anticipation of the heavenly banquet.
Economic growth is an outcome of more than economic processes. It is an outcome of economic, social, and political processes that interact with and reinforce each other in ways that worsen or ease the achievement of economic growth and development. In this paper we seek to establish the relevance of one of these processes, family dinners, for the economy. Empirical evidence indicates a close relationship between family dinners and the production of human, social, and moral capital.