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Working hours: Get a life

Working hours: Get a life
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Dominique Méda : « Il faut de nouveau réduire le temps de travail » « La Mystique de la croissance » de Dominique Méda Nous sommes prisonniers de la croyance en la croissance. Elle est dans les têtes. Nos indicateurs sont tous pointés vers cet objectif. Notre système économique et social est entièrement organisé autour d’elle. C’est la thèse que défend la sociologue et philosophe « gorzienne » Dominique Méda, professeure à l’université Paris-Dauphine, dans son dernier essai, « La Mystique de la Croissance » (Flammarion, 2013). Rue89. Dans son livre « Le Capital au XXIe siècle » (Seuil, 2013) par exemple, Thomas Piketty écrit qu’il est illusoire de rêver d’un retour à des taux de croissance de 3%... Dominique Méda. Certes, le changement n’est pas complet : de nombreux économistes continuent de penser qu’on peut retrouver de la croissance, notamment en investissant dans la recherche et l’éducation. Le débat « croissance contre décroissance » semble dépassé, car la réalité qui s’impose, une très faible de croissance, semble réconcilier tout le monde.

Earth, 2100 AD: Four futures of environment and society - environment - 03 October 2013 Climate models and the latest IPCC data reveal four possible futures for global population, economy and environment at the end of this century YOU may have heard last week that Earth in 2100 is likely to be between 0.3 and 4.8 °C warmer than it was in the late 20th century. This is one of the key messages of the latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report. Read more: "IPCC 2013: The latest state of the climate report" Those choices will determine whether Earth stays much the same as it is today, or if rising seas eat up major land masses – Florida, Bangladesh, we're looking at you – and large parts of the world become too dry to live in (see diagram). Climate scientists combine the various options into descriptions of how human society might evolve, and plug them into their models to see what each scenario would mean for the climate. It is important to stress that these are just four of the many possible scenarios and ways to cut emissions. 1: Geoengineered safety

Flexible working hours are the dream … but not if you can't switch off You lucky people. This is the week you've always waited for. The week when everything changes. I'm here to tell you that it is. I get to do what I like, how I like, whenever I like. Except you shouldn't be jealous at all because, well, I'm writing this on a plane. And that's the downside of flexible working. But there's also a downside to all this: you'll never fully relax. The statistics suggest that a flexible workforce is a productive workforce. So, if you're planning to request flexible working hours from your employer, make sure that you're the right sort of person for it.

The Great Unwashed No, she does not work from home in pajamas. In fact, Ms. Palmer, the chief executive of Osea, an organic skin-care line, often travels to meet business contacts at the five-star luxury hotels where her line is sold. She contends that a soapy washcloth under her arms, between her legs and under her feet is all she needs to get “really clean.” Defying a culture of clean that has prevailed at least since the 1940s, a contingent of renegades deliberately forgoes daily bathing and other gold standards of personal hygiene, like frequent shampooing and deodorant use. To the converted, there are many reasons to cleanse less and smell more like yourself. “I’m going to sound like dirty Katherine in this article,” she said, “but it doesn’t matter. Retention of the skin’s natural oils and water conservation are two reasons Ms. Resist the urge to recoil at this swath of society: They may be on to something. The few times Mr. As if arguing his case in court, Mr. But no “talk” ever happened. But Ms.

Vers une société de «jobs à la con» ? Avez vous un «job à la con» ? Si vous avez le temps de lire cet article devant votre ordinateur au boulot, la réponse est probablement oui. Et à en croire la viralité (1) du pamphlet consacré aux «bullshit jobs» (en VO) signé David Graeber, anthropologue à la London School of Economics et une des figures du mouvement Occupy Wall Street, vous n’êtes pas pas le seul. Dans un court essai (2) publié dans le magazine de la gauche radicale britannique Strike ! «Tout un tas d’emplois inutiles» En introduction, David Graeber cite Keynes, qui, en 1930, prédisait que les avancées technologiques permettraient d’ici la fin du XXe siècle de réduire le temps de travail hebdomadaire à 15 heures par semaine. Comment définir un emploi inutile ? Tâches absconses The Economist, journal libéral par définition, n’a pas attendu pour répondre à Graeber à travers une note de blog. Modes de vie anxiogènes, ultracontrôlés et aseptisés Guillaume Gendron

TED: A Choice Point Originally, the thesis of this essay was going to be that TED, contrary to its reputation for promoting innovative ideas, excludes ideas that are truly radical or disruptive, contributing instead to a slickly packaged narrative of “Gee whiz, thanks to these nifty ideas, the world is getting better all the time.” TED is, I thought, a conservative institution, a champion of our culture’s dominant narratives. It isn’t hard to make that case, but when I cast my net a little wider and crowd-sourced some research, I discovered the situation is not quite so simple. The two recent incidents that motivated my original thesis were (1) The suppression of TEDx talks by Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock, and (2) The withdrawal of TED support from TEDxWestHollywood (now proceeding this weekend as ExTEDxWestHollywood (free livestream here). In both cases, the rationale that TED eventually settled on was that the speakers and events were “far removed from mainstream scientific thinking.”

Six ways to stop working long hours | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian The anonymous civil servant who wrote recently that some Whitehall employees are not pulling their weight is confusing the number of hours worked with effectiveness. They describe an inefficient working environment, where staff are too busy going to meetings to do any real work. What are the meetings for? This can become an entrenched pattern of time-wasting. So, rather than blaming those who aren't prepared to sacrifice themselves on the altar of extreme overwork, it would be more constructive to think about the changes which would enable everyone to get their work done in normal hours. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Don't think I'm not sympathetic – I know how hard it is to change one's own behaviour and even harder to influence others. Catherine Staite is director of the Institute of Local Government Studies at the University of Birmingham • Want your say?

My dirty little secret: I only shower twice a week. (But I bet I smell as sweet as you!) Like Prince Harry, Clover doesn't wash her hair very oftenShe's saved a fortune on shampoo, and decided to cut out some showers She now has more free time and healthier skin and hair By Clover Stroud Published: 22:15 GMT, 5 June 2013 | Updated: 22:15 GMT, 5 June 2013 Au natural: Clover Stroud sometimes showers as infrequently as twice a week A girlfriend kept me waiting for coffee the other morning, eventually bustling into the cafe trailing a cloud of expensive-smelling body lotion and damp apple-scented hair, gushing apologies she'd had to 'jump in the shower' before she could leave the house. Sipping my lukewarm cappuccino, I resisted the urge to confide I hadn't had a shower for three days, and my blow-dry was a week old. Confessing I don't shower every day - in fact, why don't I admit that sometimes I can shower as infrequently as twice a week - feels like I'm breaking one of the last great taboos. Smelling perfumed all over is seen as the ultimate expression of feminine allure.

"La notion de temps de travail n'a plus de sens dans de nombreux métiers", explique Henri Isaac ENTRETIEN Chargé de mission transformation numérique à l’Université Paris Dauphine, où il est aussi maître de conférences, Henri Isaac suit depuis quinze ans l’impact des technologies de l’information sur le management. Nous sommes entrés dans une deuxième phase où la notion de temps de travail n’a plus de sens. De plus en plus, le temps hors travail exerce une influence déterminante sur la productivité des personnes et, donc, sur l’efficacité des organisations. L'Usine Nouvelle - Téléphones mobiles, ordinateurs portables… de plus en plus les salariés travaillent en dehors de leur temps de travail. Henri Isaac - La notion de durée de travail n’a plus beaucoup de sens dans de nombreux métiers, et notamment pour les cadres. Qu’est ce que changent les TIC concrètement ? Prenons deux exemples que connaissent bien les professionnels du monde Internet. Le travail collaboratif est l’autre exemple. Qu’en est-il du travail managérial ? Le travail des managers est cognitif. Oui, c’est un risque.

Solar and Wind Power Now Cheaper Than Coal Power in the U.S It’s cheaper to use solar and wind power in the USA, than traditional coal power. Good news for solar and wind power companies, and a vindication for clean energy activists and lobbies. It might mean more jobs in the energy sector if production of solar and wind power systems increase, and more electricity generating stations are built. However there is a catch, it’s also reported that natural gas (a fossil fuel) is a possible replacement for traditional coal power plants, meaning we’re still not quite off of fossil fuels, but this is still a step in the right direction. There’s a big issue looming here just under the surface, and that is, if natural gas is chosen, and the CO2 from burning the fuel is not released into the atmosphere, then where does it go? What is Carbon Capture and Storage? Yes, that’s right. Wikipedia explains Carbon Capture and Storage like this: Is There Risk of Leakage? Sure… But it’s a small risk. So What Can We Do With The CO2? And that is a good thing.