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thomas czarnecki: from enchantment to down -
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Here’s a little note about the French, table manners, eating, and an observation about breakfast - the one exception.
During my extensive stays in France, I’ve noticed something peculiar. The French throw all the rules out the window when it comes to breakfast.
Food, the preparing and consumption of it is quite possibly the great French pastime. It’s practically a national sport. They get years of training from their parents and grandparents, there rules to doing it, and special techniques to follow. For example, have you ever noticed how a French person uses both a knife and a fork at the same time? Knives are wielded expertly and forks are never held the American way. If you don’t know how to cut your meat, you’re frowned at and how dare you cut your salad. Watching a French person expertly eat is truly a unique experience.
HOWEVER. When it comes to breakfast rules are thrown out the window.
So next time you’re in France and at the breakfast table, t’inquiète pas, eat with your hands, sans plates and sans rules - you’ll be just fine!
C’était le 15mai… le printemps tardait, la pluie menaçait, et je criais..
J’ai quitté Boston pour emménager à Paris, un petit appartement dans la rue du faubourg Saint Denis. Tu m’as montré notre cartier, tes bars, ton école. Tu m’as présenté à tes amis, à tes parents. Tu as écouté les textes que je répétais, mes chants, mes espoirs, mes désirs, ma musique. J’ai écouté la tienne, ton Italien, ton Allemand, tes brides de Russe. Tu m’as donné un walkman. Je t’ai offert un oreiller et un jour… je t’as embrassé. Le temps passé, le temps filé, et tout paraissait si facile, si simple, libre, si nouveau et si unique. On allait au cinéma, on allait danser, faire des courses, on riait, je pleurais, on nageait, on fumait, on se rasait. De temps à autres je criais, sans aucune raison, ou avec raison parfois… Oui avec raison parfois. Tu m’accompagnais au conservatoire, tu révisais tes examens, T’écoutais mes exercices de chant, mes espoirs, mes désirs, ma musique. Je écoutais la tienne, nous étions proches, si proches, toujours plus proche. Nous allions au cinéma, nous allions nager, rions ensemble, je criais avec une raison parfois et parfois sans. Le temps passait, le temps filait. Tu m’accompagnais au conservatoire, tu révisais tes examens, je t’écoutais parler Italien, Allemand, Russe, Français, tu révisais tes examens, je criais… parfois avec raison. Le temps passait, sans raisons. Je criais sans raisons, tu révisais tes examens, tes examens, tes examens, tes examens, le temps passait, je criais, je criais, je criais. T’allais au cinéma.
Finish: Hey France, I comprends pas.
Start: this layout/design is boring.
Thought I would try my hand at translating an article originally written in French. Cross posted from faberNovel’s posterous and pariSoma’s blog, adapted and translated by..moi!
Recently OWNI, a French blog and a form of datajournalism, posted an article applying Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to Coworking. The result was a thought provoking and buzz-worthy piece - in French. So here’s the piece translated and adapted in English.
Let’s go back to high school psychology class - Remember Maslow and his Hierarchy of Needs? This hierarchy was visually represented by a pyramid shape and allowed for a dynamic classification hierarchy of human needs. The pyramid is organized as such: the needs situated at the base of the pyramid are the largest and most fundamental and at the top is the need for self-actualization. According to the theory, the most basic level of needs must be met first before the individual can even begin to desire the higher level needs.
Physiological needs. These needs are the basic needs of a human being for survival like air, food, water, clothing and shelter. If these needs are not met humans cannot function.
Safety Needs: Personal security, financial security, health and well-being, psychological well being (rights of man), and physical safety (no threat of war, natural disaster etc).
Love and Belonging: Friendship, intimacy, family, integration in a group.
Esteem: Self-esteem and self-respect. A need for the respect of others, status, recognition, fame, prestige and attention. Need for strength, competence, mastery, self confidence, independence and freedom.
Self Actualization: When a person learns their full potential and then realizes it.
Applied to coworking, Maslow’s hierarchy shows that coworking spaces (and coworkers) must have basic needs met first in order to allow spaces and coworkers to progress up the pyramid and reach their full potential. Coworking responds to needs such as:
Thus, “Coworking à la Maslow” gives us:
Basic Needs: The basic needs are similar to the physiological needs of an independent worker who does not have a real working space available. Above all a coworking space must provide the following to allow for positive working conditions:
Security Needs: To be an independent worker is a choice that inevitably means challenges in planning for the long term. Good bye fixed and predictable incomes from the time when you were a salaried employee, hello heavy and taxing responsibilities and daunting choices. Furthermore you cannot ask for advice from your boss or your colleagues when you are confronted with a delicate situation - this insecurity is a common burden shared by independent workers which can alleviated by coworking.
Need of Belonging: Gone are the days when Renaud sang, ” to be free, is often to live alone”. A coworking space is above all a community united by common values and shared ways of life. A coworking space worthy of its name allows itself to be a part of a team who lives, works, and acts together. This is manifested through:
Need of Esteem: A functioning workspace, a structured environment, a community that suits and supports you. Thus the framework is in place to allow for self expression for each member. As a member of a community of coworkers, it becomes possible to:
Need of Realization: This is the highest stage to which we all dream of achieving! Moreover, joining a coworking space can be useful. A coworking space will help:
Original article by William Vandenbroek, taken and translated from OWNI’s post: La Pyramide de Maslow Appliqueé au Coworking by Stephanie Ng from The pariSoma Innovation Loft & faberNovel.
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