People arguing with me over whether Hobo 2.0 was or wasn’t a good description for what I’m doing led me to the wikipedia page for Hobo which provides some useful distinctions in terminology.
So it turns out there’s a difference between a “bum”, a homeless person who doesn’t work and doesn’t go anywhere unless moved on by the police; a “tramp” who avoids work but keeps moving and a “hobo” who is simply an itinerant, nomadic or migratory worker.
That fits much better than I thought with what I want to do. This trip is not about sponging and living on the minimum amount of money. It’s not about using social capital as a replacement for money although as with the American trip, most of the time I won’t be paying for things that one might ordinarily expect to. It’s not about doing the minimum possible to get by.
It is about seeing what the experience can be of being a migratory performer, artist, knowledge worker when enhanced by an online presence and access to more social capital than many. If it works, I will get to do bolder, more exciting work than ever.
Of course I’ve got a number of things that I want to do while I’m out and about: talks, tuttles, busking, house gigs, people I want to interview and make stuff with.
But the exciting thing it opens up for me is the possibility of working with lots of people that I know around the country whom I rarely get to see face to face. If you’re in the middle of North Yorkshire and I’m in London we might know that there’s something really valuable we could do if only we could spend a few days at the kitchen table together, but it’s unlikely to happen ordinarily.
So let’s do it – let me know if there’s a project you’ve been itching to do that you want some Lloyd-shaped help on – if you’ve got a comfy sofa or spare bed then all the better 🙂