Very odd – caring about the nitty-gritty

While reviewing the volunteer application form for a charity that I'm thinking of supporting, I grew uncomfortable with the confidentiality agreement. In particular, I resisted the idea of treating it as "work for hire" and assigning all my rights to whatever ideas, material, or processes I might develop while I'm volunteering.

I've come to value the ability to come up with ideas, write about my experiences, and learn from other people. I want to avoid constraining that freedom. Just as software developers may take special precautions not to taint their minds with code that they can't reuse so that they can avoid questions about the code they produce, I may need to avoid experiences that add complications to my ability to share and learn. Private, confidential, or copyrighted material is relatively easy to delineate, but what about insights and advice? If someone's question prompts me to collect advice and to write an article that I've been meaning to do for a while, would I be unable to republish that article even after removing sensitive information? Maybe that's the price other people pay to gain experiences they wouldn't otherwise have, but if I can get similar experiences elsewhere...

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