Outdoorsy Groups MAKE Hiking Inclusive
By Jennifer Flowers
The long-held assumption that hiking is the domain of a mostly white, mostly male, ultra-fit, able-bodied crowd appears to be on its way out, thanks to a growing number of community-led groups with an emphasis on hiking for all:
• Unlikely Hikers started with the aim to make hiking accessible for all by leading hikes that are a maximum of three miles and 300-foot elevation gain with discussions around body diversity. • Outdoor Afro has the central mission to make outdoor experiences accessible to everyone, especially Black communities. The nonprofit hosts events ranging from hiking to canoeing, targeting various skill types and fitness levels. • LatinX Hikers is a grassroots effort that is a growing national community of people who come together through hosted gatherings. • Outdoor Asian have the goal to bring together an inclusive and empowered community of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through nature and the outdoors. • Disabled Hikers is a community created in response to a lack of information about trail accessibility. On Disabled Hikers excursions, the slowest hiker sets the pace. • Indigenous Women Hike was founded to empower Native American women to reclaim their connection to their ancestral land.
Are workers more productive at home?
By Justin Fox
The remote work revolution unleashed by the pandemic has brought huge changes in the labor market, with social and economic implications that we’ll be dealing with for generations. Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom, who has been researching the effects of working from home since 2004, already knew that companies that perform well appear to have more progressive policies toward their employees. This can include maternity leave, job sharing, part-time work and working from home. With working from home becoming more mainstream since the pandemic, Bloom has found that productivity performance hasn’t changed. This can be seen as a mild positive since quit rates have dropped by a third and employees’ job satisfaction, work-life balance and intention to stay in the firm were significantly higher. Bloom argues that one of the benefits of some companies switching to work-from-home policies is that we can expect to see an increase in the labour supply by 2-4 per cent. There are a number of groups that are more able to work because of working from home, such as those with young kids, people with a disability, people that are close to retirement age, students, etc. This could see a huge impact on growth in the long run.
Addicted to Self improvement
By Brittany Chaffee
We are constantly inundated with the rah-rah cheer of self-improvement. Wellness is an anthem. Self-care, its lovable counterpart. Kitschy Instagram posts are telling you to “Hold your head up!” and reinvent yourself. Here’s how to ask for more money at work! Here are ten reasons you should be in therapy! Shop organic! Improve, improve, improve.
Danish professor, Svend Brinkmann, encourages the journey to find your best self but worries the ability to optimize all the time and overperform has become pathological. He goes on to say that we become too addicted to looking inward and achieving our own ideals. The process can be exhausting. And unhealthy. Why? Because we end up focusing on self-improvement so much, we don’t actually go out into the world and be that thing we want to be.
Self-improvement is never-ending and it’s too much pressure to expect change constantly. Lack of motivation is okay. Lack of anything is human and it makes us who we are.
Perhaps the solution has something to do with less self-improvement, more thinking about how small life is. Constant growth is so small and individual. We need to do things because we love them, not because we’re being better than everyone else.