We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.

– Carl Sagan


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I might take the rest of the day off. Don’t give me that guilt-inducing look. I'm doing it for the climate. 😉 In all seriousness though, working less – and earning less – could contribute to addressing our ecological challenges.

I know it sounds a bit outrageous to suggest that we should simply forgo money. (‘We’ meaning people in privileged positions.) But with less disposable income you’re naturally more selective about how you spend it. You end up buying less of the stuff you don’t actually need and more of the stuff that really adds value to your life. The result is a less wasteful lifestyle and – surprise! – more free time, the one thing we keep complaining about never having enough of.

I’m not suggesting that we should all strive for earning a minimum wage. But I think many of us have crossed a ‘just enough’ line without even noticing. Slowly, over time, along with our increasing disposable income that ‘enough’ mark becomes ever more transient.

Anyway, I’ve lately spent a lot of time thinking about my individual ‘enough’ mark and how I can optimise for time rather than money once beyond that mark (which I think I am). The lower environmental footprint comes along for free. If you have your own thoughts on that, please share them with me! – Kai

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The (ever faster) network effect

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