Plus ça change

by Elias Blum

Once again, I’m reminded of the strange similarities, on a day to day basis, between being a naval logistics officer (which is what I used to do) and being a research academic in an intergovernmental democracy support organisation (which is what I do know).

Sign this, check that, organise the other thing, call so-and-so, make this happen, manage this budget, keep accounts, write brief, fill in the spreadsheet, interpret the rule, sit in meetings, comply with the procedure, write letter asking for permission not to comply with procedure, go to cocktail party. The substance differs, but the processes are exactly the same.

The only real differences are that I no longer have to carry so many keys.

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