127: Hope and Suffering with Amy Newell

April 24th, 2019 · 1 hr 6 mins

About this Episode

01:47 - Amy’s Superpower: Sustaining hope and faith in the face of what feels like no hope and no faith.

Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin E. P. Seligman

07:40 - Amy’s talk on “Suffering in the Workplace”: Genesis and Overview

13:40 - Living a Valuable Life vs a Happy Life

  • Examining Causes
  • Feeling The Pain
  • Relieving Suffering by Seeking a Mindset of Innovation

24:02 - Bringing Your “Whole Self” to the Workplace; Alleviating Suffering in the Workplace

41:15 - Changing Culture in Organizations

Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media

54:40 - Bipolar Disorder


Jessica: A framework for dealing with suffering. A separation of concerns between observing feelings and deciding what to do about them.

Janelle: By supporting people, we can end up with a better, healthier, and more productive organization.

Avdi: Kindness in the workplace and power structures.

Rein: How do you convince people to care about other people?

Also, work implies suffering. The obligation to reduce suffering is shared -- but not equally.

Amy: Disparities amongst different types of engineers and between engineering and other departments in tech companies.

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