Link round-up (June 2021)

My journal prompt today asked where you find stillness, it reminded me of reading M J Carty’s thoughts in when time stood still.

Like me, I’m sure you’ve read some horror stories about enforced return to the office. Here’s a different view from Silverchair who are designing for flexibility and hybrid work. I’d be really interested to read a follow up to this in a year or two to see how it has worked out.

Stoicism is often criticised for overly focusing on the individual, so I was pleased to read this article that positions it as the philosophy of the beehive, not just the bee.

Here’s a long read from Charlie Warzel on how a summer slowdown could help to shift productivity norms and expectations.

I was talking to a friend at the weekend about the evolution of our thinking and understanding through the act of writing. David Perell explores this in his essay how philosophers think.

In an issue of his newsletter titled Fail up and up and up, Thom Wong writes about turning 45, the end of relationships and reframing failure as practice:

Relationships aren’t practice for future relationships, except of course they are. How could they not be? Everything you do is practice for some version of you in the future doing it. So why don’t we call failure, practice?

As a sci-fi fan, I found this article on the need for apocalypse movies to imagine climate solutions an interesting read. And added a couple of new titles to my reading list.

And finally, on the day after England’s convincing win in the last 16 at the Euros, here’s a piece by Jonathan Liew on what it means to support England in these divided times.

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