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Strange, we are to “Think outside the box” and yet we go to work and school in one

Strange, we are to “Think outside the box” and yet we go to work and school in one Smaller FB

The term “thinking outside the box” stands for doing and thinking in unconventional ways. Step out of bounds and away from the beaten path. Away from routine and what is expected of you. Words like normally, usually, typically, or similar ones like it should not be used – “try something new and radical”.

And yet our routine looks so much different. Our schools and workplaces are placed in rectangular shoe boxes, with little to no natural lighting and even less high quality air. Slapped together to maximize the builder’s and architect’s profitability. Enabled by having harnessed energy to a point where we believe we control nature by being able to climate control our working and schooling habitats.

Rule of thumb here is a simple one: Nice 90 degree corners are good and so is routine and standardization. Where does that leave creativity and quality of life though? Over 70% of working folks would love nothing more than a new job or career because their working conditions and overall career management are below par.

At school this is even worse. Some school settings are outright industrial in where they are located and how the buildings are constructed. They seem to be designed to merely serve the purpose of providing future workers for companies that will then provide a very similar working environment as the newbies were used to from school: the box type building.

What is the antidote? Well, even though it may sound clichéd, but it sounds like our business and school leaderships need to be the first ones who need to think outside the box. Creating a lively and inspiring work and school environment does not take much as long as everyone involved starts from establishing a suitable vision and mission around this goal. Then the tough work starts. Thinking concepts like this through will take time. With great preparation the final product will take a lot less hard work.

One such building (watch the background story here is the one at Aerzen USA. The intense grass roots efforts of a few folks turned into a movement that keeps catching on.

Now think about our children and how they deserve a similar inspiring environment. If we want them to be able to think and act outside the box, let’s help getting them out of the truly boxy type schools of today. Here are two examples (Avon Grove and Kimberton) how some schools have already begun making changes for the better.

Ultimately the choice is always yours and this is neither my time nor place convincing you of anything. But think about if you and your contributions are only a mere SAT score, or some other number. If so, a shoebox building will do. If not, then please help for us all to start acting outside the box – and yes this pun is intended.


The tiresome issue of climate change – Shift your focus instead

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Chances are that you are also quite tired of the polarized battle between folks who argue that it exists and the ones that it does not.  Most of the time I think some of these battleax swinging folks (on both sides of the spectrum) start with a conclusion and find a way to justify it.  What a fallacy!  Why not park the question whether or not it exists for a while and shift your focus to asking different questions.  Here would be such examples:  How can you leave our following generations a more sustainable world?  Knowing that there are so many better ways to be a good steward of our resources you could ask yourself: Is what we are doing right now the best – or better – way, or how can it be improved?

Keeping asking ourselves whether or not climate changes exists will likely not make anyone better off. Rather than losing time and nerves getting tangled up in a relatively fruitless argument, we can make a huge difference every day by making better decisions.  Think of how many choices you need to make on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis.  Whether or not you ponder if and what you can recycle to what car or house you need to buy, there a good, better and best answers when you reflect upon the question of what more YOU can do to help stretch out resources and making life more sustainable.

Let there be no illusion:  We live in a closed system.  Some resources are more limited than others and all of those will not come or grow back.  Think about what kind of legacy you want to leave behind and what your children (and the generations following them) might say about our generation.  What will we be known for?  What would your best guess be? Finally ask yourself this question: What more can I do?


PS: Our generation will be recalled as being the one that…..  Try finishing this sentence for me. 

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