For most of history, we just did the work our parents did. If the dad grew wheat, then the son grew wheat. If mum cleaned and cooked, then daugther cleaned and cooked. There was often no need, desire or possibility to go beyond that. Then, in the mid-20th century the idea of a ‘career’ and growing your status and skills became popular. But now, not even a career is enough, we also need to enjoy it, maybe even love our work!
This is a very, very new way of looking at the purpose of work.
Now we are also confronted with AI, which is estimated to replace 80% of today’s jobs in 10 years and with new jobs we don’t know yet. …
We live in a time of disruptive change. The future of the world is becoming more uncertain, complex and ambiguous and we feel overwhelmed with how to cope with the pressures of modern life — who we are, what to listen to and how to live our lives. Never before has life been so complex.
Checklist to be satisfied with life in 1900:
1. Any food
2. Any job
3. Any house
4. Any spouse
5. Any kids
6. Any God
7. Any weather
Checklist to be satisfied with life in 2020:
1. Meaningful work
2. Hobbies & Projects
3. Inspiration — travel, exhibition, books
4. Continuous learning
5. Deep emotional relationships
7. Small carbon footprint
8. A city flat with high ceilings and fancy indoor plants — or a house with a fireplace in nature where you work remotely (bonus…
There are few feelings sweeter in life than looking at your plan for the day and feeling quietly excited for what awaits you out the door.
Well, the Japanese have a word for this: ikigai.
Iki (life) and gai (value/worth) mean ‘things that you leave for’ and translates to ‘the reason to wake up in the morning’. The word ikigai is usually used to indicate the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile.
The inhabitants of Japan’s Okinawa island are best known for representing ikigai — for their harmoniously long lives. It’s oldest citizens can still be seen exercise, gardening, laughing and contributing to the community. …
Why would you go to a protest? What if you are not a radical, but just want the world to be a fairer, safer, happier place? What if you are from a privileged background and have benefited from it all your life? How do you get over all the obvious hypocrisies that stop so many people doing anything at all about the world's problems?
In July 2017 the leaders of the worlds richest 20 nations met in Hamburg, Germany to discuss how to solve the biggest problems facing humanity.
My reason for going was simple— I expect more from the world’s leaders. …
Katsikas Refugee Camp was built in March 2016. The camp is in the north of Greece, 15 minutes from Ioannina, Greece’s third largest city.
My sister Alex Pagliaro is a Manager with Oxfam and has been working at the camp since it opened. She says it is, “one of 40 or 50 refugee sites that has been set up in Greece to host the refugee waves from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, but mainly Syria.”
She says, “they are trapped in Greece because the borders are closed. …