Media | Topic: Work

Life After High School

Vocation and Calling

The Hill Family Lecture Series: Matthew Crawford

Filmed at the Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Ontario, November 19, 2014.

Writes Crawford in his bestseller, Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work:
“Given the intrinsic richness of manual work—cognitively, socially, and in its broader psychic appeal—the question becomes why it has suffered such a devaluation as a component of education?”

How can we restore meaning and prestige to the trades? Cardus has been deeply involved in finding answers to this question with the Building Meaning Project. Crawford examines the history and philosophy surrounding this question through the lens of his own experience, going from office worker to motorcycle mechanic.
In the panel discussion following Crawford’s presentation, industry leaders share their points of view.