Thank you for joining me for Design & Content Conference! It was great to share a taste of my obsession with you, and I hope you’ll check out the links below for further study. Please feel free to reach out if you ever want to discuss any of this or share links of your own with me. I love talking about this. Also, let’s be friends on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.
Lis Hubert and I explore what it means to live a life of choice vs. a life of obligation. Season 1 was mostly interviews with fascinating people, and Season 2 is in the works now, debuting in September. Here are some of my favorite episodes so far:
- Season 1 finale—a brief review of S1 episodes that could serve as a guide for getting started
- Lydia Lee—a digital nomad describes creating time and space for the things that matter most
- Rene Denfeld—an amazing story about redefining life on her own terms, from the ashes of profound tragedy
- Kerry-Anne Gilowey—a content strategist shares her struggle with health limitations and how she’s found ways to divorce herself from unrealistic expectations
- Shivika Sinha—a beautiful philosophy about how all of life involves suffering, and we have to choose what we want to suffer for
In this lengthy article, the New Republic breaks down the ways employers have inordinate power over our daily lives.
“Cooking dinner for your family is unpaid work, while cooking dinner for strangers usually comes with a paycheck.”
I really enjoyed this take on how measuring GDP helps devalue work that’s vital to the functioning of society. Check this out (noticing a pattern yet?):
“If I sell my kidney for some cash, then the economy grows. But if I educate my kids, prepare and cook food for my community, improve the health conditions of my people, growth doesn’t happen.
If a country cuts and sells all its trees, it gets a boost in GDP. But nothing happens if it nurtures them.”
BONUS Quartz content: Here’s a guy saying a declining productivity-per-hour rate is so very sad for America. I thought this was an interesting contrast, and I’ve been working to wrap my head around the difference between what’s good for individuals in a country as opposed to what’s good for the country as an entity. It’s a lot like corporations, I think, in that while the two often seem at odds, usually caring for individuals first yields better results for the company, even when it seems counter-intuitively expensive to do so.
Despite increases in productivity, wages have remained stagnant. This page takes a deep dive into some of the data around that, and it left me a little bereft.
“But only output-per-hour makes us better off and creates the extra income, that allows workers to be paid more for each hour.”
(This seems a little idealistic, no?)
I couldn’t decide on a single link, so enjoy this smorgasbord of bleak statistics! We’re all miserable! Wheeeeee!
- Huffington Post on the rise in global depression, stress, and anxiety
- Global Organization for Stress with some outdated but still alarming numbers
- American Institute of Stress on workplace stress
Although I disagree with the word “mediocre” and all its negative connotations, this is a lovely piece about being at peace.
“What if all I want is a small, slow, simple life? What if I am most happy in the space of in between? Where calm lives. What if I am mediocre and choose to be at peace with that?”