Mike Roberts

Kingston, Canada

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Mike Roberts
Posted about 2 years ago
Jane Fonda: Life's third act
"when society starts labelling people over 40 years old trying to incarcerate them under the stigma of old age and usefulness" I seriously doubt that this starts at 40 or anywhere near it these days...Even being in your 60s is not old for many people.
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Mike Roberts
Posted about 2 years ago
Jane Fonda: Life's third act
I think it'd be more accurate to say that what she refers to is actually an extended 2nd 'act', because the last 30 years of life are not that different from the way they have always been; the descent into mortality. It's the preceding decades that have been extended from two or three to four, five even six decades of reasonable health and vitality.
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Mike Roberts
Posted over 2 years ago
More spaces for solitude at work, not just collaboration.
I would argue that, yes, it IS merely cheapness disguised as 'innovation'. On the other hand, I think it is job or industry dependant; I've worked in jobs where open space and common areas were far more productive than rigid, discrete spaces. I've also worked in jobs where we DID need closed off office spaces and privacy.
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Mike Roberts
Posted over 2 years ago
Why aren't kids (+ young adults) given more credit?
I think your comment also touches upon the idea of how we should be educating our young; right now, they are taught from the earliest moments to copy us in order to learn. We teach them how to speak, to read, to do math, to do everything seemingly, by modelling it for them. That's a great start, but it limits their behaviour to merely being a mirror of ours. Therefore, they don't get to move out of that modelling paradigm for a long time, if ever. What we SHOULD be doing is teaching children critical thinking skills from the earliest possible moment they can effectively implement them, so that we ARE benefitting from their passion and their lack of entrenchedness in the "ways things must be done". In that way, we ARE seeing new perspectives and ways of combining 'data', ways that will drive us forward.