On Thursday I worked as a poll supervisor for Elections Ontario. I have joined election teams for the last couple provincial and federal elections. I cannot fully explain my enthusiasm for working election days. The days are long and mentally exhausting, and yet strangely rewarding and enlightening. To be a poll official is to spend …
10 Timeframes by Paul Ford is a beautiful essay. Ford asks a deceivingly simple question: when you spend a portion of your life (that is, your time) working on a project, do you take into account how your work will consume, spend, or use portions of other lives? How does the ‘thing’ you are working …
Fascinating how cultural myths about professionalism, etiquette, and prestige can be so deeply internalized and embodied by people who fancy themselves as experts in deconstructing cultural myths.
Let’s rethink the ‘Unexamined life is not worth living’ mantra
Or: when I say ‘evidence-based’, what do you think I am saying?
Four things you can do in an office… 1. Write emails 2. Go to meetings 3. Write emails about meetings 4. Get work done
Careerism means participating in a commonly understood competitive point scheme to achieve an arbitrary definition of victory, awarded with ritualistically significant tokens of achievement. In other words, a sport.
We should not think of ‘anti-oppression work’ and ‘everyday work’ as distinct activities: nothing changes in the ‘everyday systems’ that do the oppressing until these activities merge into one.
“Do what you love?” Perhaps the ultimate triumph of capitalism was convincing us that we should all find and define the purpose and meaning of our lives in our employment.
All animals exert physical effort in order to survive. Humans are no different. But we humans are also the ‘great abstractors’ and we give this effort a specific label: we call it ‘work.’ The stories we tell one another about the nature and meaning of our work go on to become central themes in our …
In this weekend’s newsletter, we explore the ideas we assume about our work. Where does the idea of a ‘career’ emerge in history? When did we come up with this idea that employment is ‘supposed’ to provide a sense of transcendent value beyond the paycheque?
I have learned much from people who have said little. The value of words has nothing to do with their quantity.
Failure can be the fork in road that goes on to transform everything else.
The more objectively you can determine the requirements of a project at the outset, the more realistic you can be in your commitment to it.
Fessing up to our mistakes is the first step in learning from them.