A few months back, I changed my LinkedIn title from dev/tester (or whatever it was) to “Privateer Scholar.”
Here’s the basic idea in Bach’s words:
* A buccaneer-scholar is anyone whose love of learning is not muzzled, yoked or shackled by any institution or authority; whose mind is driven to wander and find its own voice and place in the world.
* This way of being has sometimes been called autodidact, individualist, anarchist, non-conformist, contrarian, bohemian, skeptic, hacker, hippie, slacker, seeker, philosoph, or free thinker. None of those fit for me.
Now, Bach refers to himself as a buccaneer because he is an independent contractor/consultant – he’s really on his own.
I, on the other hand, like to try to work within organizations. I work within a specific authority (Socialtext, or Calvin College, or Maybe BZMedia) against it’s enemies (competition – and at Calvin, the competition is called “Ignorance”). In piratical terms, for the time being – I seek a letter of marquee.
For more detail, see Bach’s presentation on the subject.