The Weekly Stripe – 07.06.19
This week we're looking at different approaches to how people manage the role of work in life. From thinking of work as a lifestyle to trying to set clear boundaries around work to protect non-work life.
The problem of ‘constant connection‘, in China exacerbated by WeChat, is not a new problem, but its continuous presence speaks to an ongoing issue.
Conspicuous production, which isn’t about meeting one’s material needs, it’s about the public display of productivity as a symbol of class power.
All our efforts to be more productive backfire and only make us feel more stressed. The downside of increasing identification with work.
Imagined you trained an artificial intelligence on a comprehensive stock-photo set of every boutique-hotel lobby from Palm Springs to Stockholm to Milan, then connected it to a five-story 3-D printer fully furnished with pendant-dome lamps, waxy leaves and old-school hip-hop lyrics. The output would be a WeWork.
Rather than beat yourself up striving to balance work and life, it might be better to simply embrace the imbalance. Or is that just giving up having any work-free times or spaces?