Extremely Limited Legitimated Peripheral Participation

http://gfbertini.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/poor-transitions-social-exclusion-and-young-adults/

Poor Transitions – Social Exclusion and Young Adults

“This study set out to explore what had become of young people living in the poorest neighbourhoods of the poorest town in Britain, several years after we first contacted them. As they moved into young adulthood, had their longer-term experiences of disadvantage changed or stayed the same? While individuals reported feeling considerable subjective change in their lives, because of key turning points and critical moments (especially in respect of family and housing, and among offenders and dependent drug users), their objective circumstances had remained constant and their experiences of poverty persisted. Despite continued commitment to finding and getting better work, most were still experiencing poor, low-waged, intermittent work at the bottom of the labour market. After obtaining poor school qualifications, further poor quality training and education had not improved their employment prospects. This lack of progression had ramifications in other aspects of their lives, resulting in social exclusion. Few had established ties into networks beyond their close personal associations. Their social networks had become smaller in scope, more focused on immediate family and friends and even more embedded in their immediate neighbourhoods. This further restricted wider support and longer-term education, training and employment”
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A perfect example of limited Legitimated Peripheral Participation.

Lack of skill in negotiating the increasing complexity of an increasingly iniquitously unequal society, is holding these undeservingly marginalised young people back. Jobs won’t fix that, not on their own, even if they exist…

More statements of the fairly obvious, with no conceptual frame to assist thinking from HBR, the HurriedBusinessRenew

Why We Need to Outsmart Our Smart Devices http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/10/why-we-need-to-outsmart-our-smart-devices/

Not to much tech, not to little. So how do determine that?

1. There is a ‘sweet spot’…
2. Does the tech free us from drudge, or
3. Do we become drudge, backing up, waiting in queues on the phone, learning how to use a dammed badly designed, fragile over engineered machine?

Dear young men: The old stereotypes of what it is to be a ‘man’ are a load of rubbish – Features – Health & Families – The Independent

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/dear-young-men-the-old-stereotypes-of-what-it-is-to-be-a-man-are-a-load-of-rubbish-9775874.html

Quirky is the new cool

” Successfully achieving coolness in high school is like being knighted by Ronald McDonald.”

Love affairs with clients

Anyone remember the arthouse French movie “The Man Who Loved Women”? (Please ignore the vile US remake starring Burt Reynolds).

I’m the man who loved clients. Each freelance assignment feels like like a brief and bitter-sweet love affair.

How was it for you?