Wise Society

From climate change to obesity it seems clear that our societies are less wise than we would like — or need. Wisdom can sound other-worldly. But we believe it can and should be eminently practical. That it offers a valuable way to frame an important and essential enquiry into how we can make our societies and institutions work better. Wisdom is an idea that requires us to reflect on ends as well as means — where we are going as well as how to get there. For example, we focus a great deal on growth, but what kind of growth do we want and why do we want it? Conversely, lofty ideals are all very well, but without practical ways to turn them into reality they may be of little value.

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Writings and Essays

From Scarcity of Things to Scarcity of Will

In the last hundred years we have gone from material scarcity to psychological scarcity. From scarcity of things to scarcity of will. From hunger to obesity. From the theatre-going to binge-watching. From a telegram to the Facebook Feed.

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Working From Home Works - Bloom et al 2015

Just came across an interesting paper from Nick Bloom et al (QJE 2014): A rising share of employees now regularly engage in working from home (WFH), but there are concerns this can lead to ‘‘shirking from home.’’ We report the results of a WFH experiment at Ctrip, a 16,000-employee, NASDAQ-listed Chinese travel agency. Call center employees who volunteered to WFH were randomly assigned either to work from home or in the office for nine months.

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A Wise Society is an Awakened Society

The commitment of a wise society is awakening, individually and collectively. What is collective awakening? The next buddha is a sangha – Thich Nhat Hanh Awakening is, by its nature, hard to describe and impossible to define. But it can be alluded to and its presence is unmistakable. Just as awakened beings have certain noticeable characteristics so we can seek to describe the characteristics of an awakened collective, of an awakened society.

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