For this edition of Notes, we're taking our cue from a word that carries no small degree of ambivalence: sell.
Think hustling, hawking, peddling and trading. What is it to sell up or sell out? What do you lose – or gain – when you sell your soul, your youth, your image, your ... stuff? How are we thrilled and tainted by the prospect of big and small sales?
In 'Sell', Masako Fukui reflects on the first Japanese women who came to Australia in the 19th Century, 'selling spring'. Scott Limbrick asks what happened to the stigma of selling out. Michele Lee contemplates the link between big sales and life milestones. And we meet an anonymous big-bank financial adviser who quit his job amid the crushing sales culture.
And, with stories from our archives, delve into corruption, crowdfunding, philanthrophy, advertising and the fate of capitalism itself.
Masako Fukui remembers the first Japanese women who lived and worked in Australia.
What Happened to Selling Out?
Scott Limbrick reflects on the myth of creative purity in the age of cash for content.
The Financial Planner: ‘if I wanted to be a proper financial adviser, I would not work for a bank'
Alan* recently ended a 30-year career at one of the big-four banks after becoming disillusioned with the sales culture. As the Royal Commission into Financial Services continues, Alan – a former financial planner – spoke with Sophie Quick about stress and sales pressure inside the banking industry.
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