But there’s also a downside to this dependence on meaning and career spirituality. Are we able to create meaningful jobs and careers for everyone? Is everyone entitled to a higher sense of purpose and meaning at work? Is it feasible for all employees to have access to self-actualizing and inherently exciting careers? If not, what happens when people experience a reality check, and how can we cope with the disappointment of having to go to work because we need to make ends meet, pay the bills, and go on with our lives? More importantly, how can organizations cater to those employees who are not interested in having a deeper connection with work, but are simply in it in a transactional and economic sense? Will the future meaning of “inclusive” include the ability to build a company culture that embraces not just those who experience a cult-like connection with it, but also those who are emotionally and intellectually detached from it? … [Read more...] about Are you a spiritual workaholic?
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These numbers only do so much to represent the scale of the catastrophe. But a group of graphics editors at the New York Times have managed to give the hard facts a human side with a visualization that maps thousands of rescue requests from stranded people across the region. While the graphic highlights only a fraction of the messages from people in need of assistance since the hurricane struck, it’s a striking image of a community under duress: “Running out of food and water,” “Neck-deep in water,” “Cannot swim,” “Water is over the children’s heads,” “Bed-bound and paralyzed.” Their heartbreaking words jolt you into a role as witness to each individual situation. … [Read more...] about The Single Most Powerful Visualization Of Harvey’s Impact
Now, the results are in. Google focused on three areas in California: the San Francisco Bay Area, the Los Angeles metro area, and the Central Valley. Heat maps of these three regions show the level of air quality on the streets on a scale from yellow, which represents high pollution, to blue, which represents low pollution. The maps themselves only show the quality of the air, from blue to yellow, on the roadways themselves. But they still reveal just how much air pollution varies from street to street, making it dangerous to make blanket assertions about the quality of air across an entire city. … [Read more...] about How Google Is Using Its Street View Cars To Map More Than Roads
Just because Trump constantly serves us reminders that he can’t spell doesn’t mean we have to use them to point out this deficiency. If we’re going to keep bringing up troubling things we already know about Trump, there’s no shortage of much worse traits that tend to go unfairly under-discussed. Whenever the latest “hamberders” is trending, it could be birtherism, climate change denial, or the many credible sexual assault allegations that should always follow Trump like the stink lines on Pig-Pen from Peanuts. Imagine if every Trump typo inspired hundreds of thousands of people to tweet about how Trump once bragged to Howard Stern about barging into the changing rooms at his Miss Teen USA pageants to catch the contestants undressed. It probably wouldn’t change anything, but it might at least remind people of something that should probably be more consequential than the fact that he accidentally misspelled his wife’s name. … [Read more...] about It is time to stop caring about Trump’s typos
In a recent paper about coastal water temperatures, Baumann and Owen Doherty, of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, show how climate change is having different impacts depending on where you live. In some areas (e.g. the South American Pacific coasts) the water has been getting colder over the last 30 years. In others (e.g. the North Pacific and North Atlantic) it’s getting warmer. On the East Coast, the temperature is rising at three times the global average–meaning that global numbers aren’t particularly relevant to New Yorkers or New Englanders. … [Read more...] about Not All Climate Change Is Equal: Some Oceans Are Already Warmer