The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work

Author: Alain de Botton

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141932759

Category: Philosophy

Page: 336

View: 2011

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work is Alain de Botton's lucid exploration of a subject key to most of our lives Why do so many of us love or hate our work? How has it come to dominate our lives? And what should we do about it? Work makes us. Without it we are at a loss; in work we hope to have a measure of control over our lives. Yet for many of us, work is a straitjacket from which we cannot free ourselves. Criss-crossing the world to visit workplaces and workers both ordinary and extraordinary, and drawing on the wit and wisdom of great artists, writers and thinkers, Alain de Botton here explores our love-hate relationship with our jobs. He poses and answers little and big questions: from what should I do with my life? to what will I have achieved when I retire? The Pleasure and Sorrows of Work will not only explain why it is we do what we do all day, but its sympathy, humour and insight seeks to help us make the most of it. 'De Botton's wit and powers of ironic observation are on display throughout what is a stylish and original book. The workplace brings out the best in his writing' Sunday Times 'Timely, wonderfully readable. De Botton has pretty much got to the bottom of the subject' Spectator 'Terribly funny, touches us all' Daily Mail 'Brilliant, enormously engaging' Guardian Alain de Botton was born in 1969 and is the author of non-fiction essays on themes ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His bestselling books include Essays in Love; The Romantic Movement; Kiss and Tell; Status Anxiety; How Proust Can Change Your Life; The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work; The Art of Travel; The Architecture of Happiness and Religion for Atheists. He lives in London and founded The School of Life ( and Living Architecture ( For more information, consult

Documents of Life Revisited

Author: Liz Stanley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317148754

Category: Social Science

Page: 238

View: 6157

The cultural and narrative turn has had a considerable impact upon research in the social sciences as well as in the arts and humanities, with Ken Plummer's Documents of Life constituting a central text in the turn towards to narrative, biographical and qualitative methodologies, challenging and changing the nature of research in sociology and further afield. Bringing together the latest research on auto/biographical and narrative methods, Documents of Life Revisited offers a sympathetic yet critical engagement with Plummer's work, exploring a range of different kinds of life documents and delineating a critical humanist methodology for researching and writing about these. A rich examination of the methods and methodologies associated with contemporary research in the social sciences and humanities, this book will be of interest to those concerned with the use and importance of biographical and narrative sources and documents of life investigations. As such, it will appeal to sociologists, social anthropologists and geographers, as well as scholars of cultural studies and cultural history, literary studies and library, archive and cultural management, social policy and medical studies.

The Wisdom of the Body

Author: Erik Shonstrom

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1475840667


Page: 152

View: 6678

Combing cutting edge science and educational philosophy, The Wisdom of the Body offers practical, effective advice for anyone interested in how humans learn and think. With compelling arguments in favor of an embodied approach to school, Shonstrom illuminates the power of learning through physical, sensory experiences, and challenges traditional approaches in education by offering dynamic, ground-breaking examples of how an embodied pedagogy could revolutionize learning.

Fueling Culture

Author: Jennifer Wenzel,Patricia Yaeger

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 082327392X

Category: Science

Page: 456

View: 8206

How has our relation to energy changed over time? What differences do particular energy sources make to human values, politics, and imagination? How have transitions from one energy source to another—from wood to coal, or from oil to solar to whatever comes next—transformed culture and society? What are the implications of uneven access to energy in the past, present, and future? Which concepts and theories clarify our relation to energy, and which just get in the way? Fueling Culture offers a compendium of keywords written by scholars and practitioners from around the world and across the humanities and social sciences. These keywords offer new ways of thinking about energy as both the source and the limit of how we inhabit culture, with the aim of opening up new ways of understanding the seemingly irresolvable contradictions of dependence upon unsustainable energy forms. Fueling Culture brings together writing that is risk-taking and interdisciplinary, drawing on insights from literary and cultural studies, environmental history and ecocriticism, political economy and political ecology, postcolonial and globalization studies, and materialisms old and new. Keywords in this volume include: Aboriginal, Accumulation, Addiction, Affect, America, Animal, Anthropocene, Architecture, Arctic, Automobile, Boom, Canada, Catastrophe, Change, Charcoal, China, Coal, Community, Corporation, Crisis, Dams, Demand, Detritus, Disaster, Ecology, Electricity, Embodiment, Ethics, Evolution, Exhaust, Fallout, Fiction, Fracking, Future, Gender, Green, Grids, Guilt, Identity, Image, Infrastructure, Innervation, Kerosene, Lebenskraft, Limits, Media, Metabolism, Middle East, Nature, Necessity, Networks, Nigeria, Nuclear, Petroviolence, Photography, Pipelines, Plastics, Renewable, Resilience, Risk, Roads, Rubber, Rural, Russia, Servers, Shame, Solar, Spill, Spiritual, Statistics, Surveillance, Sustainability, Tallow, Texas, Textiles, Utopia, Venezuela, Whaling, Wood, Work For a full list of keywords in and contributors to this volume, please go to:

Heaven All Around Us

Author: Simon Carey Holt

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 149827885X

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 8176

If living with a deep awareness of God in our lives is important, how do we do it without moving to a monastery? How do we discern and respond to God amidst the places, routines, and relationships of our everyday lives? In this book, we go in search of God’s presence in homes and neighborhoods, supermarkets and sporting arenas, workplaces and weekends. Along the way we look for practices that can lead us more deeply into the way of Jesus: activities like cooking and laundry, walking and sleeping, shopping and conversation with friends. Throughout, we want to better understand how to make God a central part of our lives, and to hear Jesus’ call to “follow me” more clearly in the world around us.

Social Media Survivor

Author: Don Beck

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1491761741

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 188

View: 2094

When author Don Beck walked into the offices of Involver, a social media startup, as their new CEO in June of 2011, he had no idea what to expect. He was rich with confidence, but lacked experience as a first-time CEO in a technology industry that was dynamically changing every day. For Beck, the task was daunting, but equally exciting. In Social Media Survivor, Beck tells the roller coaster ride of running Involver, a tenure that led to its sale in July of 2012 to Oracle. As a seasoned fifty-five-year-old veteran of the high-tech industry, he had to bridge the generation gap between the sixty employees who were young and extremely talented; each one of them was under the age of thirty and had forgotten more about the social marketing industry than Beck had learned. Beck shares the highs and lows of leading a small, but fast-growing social media marketing company in a competitive industry that changed quickly. Every day brought new challengesnot only within the company, but industry wide. Social Media Survivor tells the story of a high-tech entrepreneur and how his perseverance paid off. It provides keen insight into what its like to be the CEO of a hot, fast-growing social media startup.

Employee engagement

Author: The Open University

Publisher: The Open University



Page: N.A

View: 8965

This 10-hour free course explored the key themes of employee engagement, employee involvement and collective aspects of employee relations.

The Attack of the Unexpected

Author: Magnus Lindkvist

Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

ISBN: 9814346152

Category: Self-Help

Page: 320

View: 2210

Everything in life is, in a sense, unexpected. From the people you meet to the events you experience. But sometimes the unexpected attacks. It eats at you and fundamentally changes where you are and where you are going. September 11, the credit crunch, and the rise of the World Wide Web are recent examples of agenda changing megaevents that we were forced to react to in some way or another. This book, by one of the world's leading trendspotters, is designed to help you understand the nature of unexpected events and how we are affected by it on an individual, corporate and societal basis. Building on studies of and interviews with people who have in some way been "attacked" and significantly affected by the unexpected, its aim is to help you stop fearing uncertainty and start embracing and leveraging it to your advantage.


Author: Kirk Livingston

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 149177360X

Category: Religion

Page: 240

View: 1279

ListenTalk: Is Conversation an Act of God? explores the profound mysteries of everyday conversations, uncovering how the mundane and the sublime commingle in the words people exchange in working and playing alongside one another. How people choose to express themselvesto frame their deepest longings and thoughtseither expands or shrinks the deep realities of mind, body, and human community. Kirk Livingston, drawing upon education in philosophy and theology and experience in the commercial world of copywriting, investigates how words exercise power to make things happen in this world and how those emerging conversations connect people to one another and bind them to God. As the title hints, ListenTalk ends chapters with questions crafted to encourage conversation among people who share the journey of reading this work together. Frequent and effective section headings provide ample markers along the way, so that readers may keep themselves oriented to the books presentation. To support deeper reflection, ListenTalk also suggests further reading and offers pertinent documentation and a topical index. If you find yourself awash in conversationtalkand wonder if more may be going on than simply filling silence with sound, then this book promises to address how God uses ordinary conversations. They can become tools to achieve reunion both among people who too often simply pass by one another in the midst of busy days and between people and the God who made them to enter into the divine conversation.