ANNA PENG

Is It Human?

When we’re overseeing a space with people in it, being attentive to human needs might be a good way to keep people together for the long run.

Are we seeing the room as people with human tendencies, or non-stop labour machines with human characteristics?

Deciding on which one we believe can determine the kind of environment we’ll surround ourselves in.



Post-Education

I found my degree in the mail yesterday.

It came in a black folder and was bent down the middle as it was forcefully stuffed into our tiny community mailbox.

Five years of school, and an unexpected final semester later, I get the chance to consider the weight a degree holds in our current world.

A couple of decades ago, a post-secondary degree would have carried a lot more value to families, society, and most importantly the students themselves. Now it’s part of our checklist of growing up.

And now we’re going through another shift in the culture of education.

Knowing what I know now, I would encourage a younger Anna to take this very moment to rethink schooling, because it turns out that education and learning are two different things.

It’s nice to have a good education, but it’s a lot more interesting to discover how you learn best and gravitate towards what you genuinely hold interest in.

It seems like now would be a really good time to do the second option.


Limits and Freedoms

If we’re not clear on what we want, if we’re not quite sure what we want to see happen, then chances are we might be waiting for some time, because muddy expectations are hard to deliver.

Instead we can try to be more helpful.

A $80 set meal at your favourite upper-end restaurant, rather than the chance of cutting into your budget for the month.

Next Tuesday afternoon by 12, rather than some time next week.

3 sets of iterations, rather than doing work until the client knows it when they see it.

Limitations can be set so that we can be smarter with our time.

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