Five Friday Favorites: September 22

Some things we've been thinking about this week that we wanted to raise to your attention. Never a guaranteed endorsement, just contributions to public debate. 

1. In reading Sheryl Sandberg's bestseller Lean In (look for our review next week), we came across this Tumblr feed Sad White Babies With Mean Feminist MommiesFirst published five years ago, the post questions the visual representation of working women as entirely white, and always juggling (not successfully) the balance between work and motherhood. Here at Abbey Research, we want to start (or continue) important conversations about working women - so give some thought to the next article you read or image you see - is it fair and inclusive, or asking the outdated question - can women have it all?

2. Revisiting historical periods (or events) and asking critical questions is a necessary step to understanding how people and society change. As a particular interest of ours, we recommend Ken Burns and Lynn Novick's latest PBS Documentary The Vietnam War which premiered this week.

3. Faced with the increasing role of automation in our everyday lives (and businesses), it is worth considering what role humans will have in the automated future. Previously considered in Are Robot's Taking Over, this week we read an encouraging argument from the The Medical Futurist, who argued that the future is about empathy, not coding.

4. With new tech increasing our near constant availability (how many of you check your emails at home), The Guardian's Paula Cocozza asked whether our obsession with productivity means we no longer differentiate between working and relaxation? In other words, do you un-plug in order to work better or in order to feel better?

5. Lastly, since we aim to help businesses bridge the gap between generations, we are highlighting The Chronicle's investigation (accessible via Twitter) into how generations are changing the academy. The article, which offers four ways in which the X, Y, and Z generations differ, was full of important considerations for the changing workforce.

What interesting things have you read, watched, or listened to this week? Get in touch!