Three surprising facts that will change the way you think about Worker Cooperatives: Q&A with Virginie Pérotin | Shareable
Interest in new types of business structures has surged since the 2008 recession, and research continues to emerge showing that alternatives can actually perform better than the traditional corporate structure.
One of those alternatives is the worker cooperative, a business that is owned and self-managed by its workers. Cooperatives outperform traditional business structures in a number of key ways, Virginie Pérotin has found. Her review of the research revealed three important facts about cooperatives compared to traditional corporations:
They survive 29% longer
They’re more productive
They weather recessions better
Author Douglas Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was asked many times why he chose the number 42 as “The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything” as stated by the supercomputer Deep Thought, specially built for this purpose. On 3 November 1993, he gave this answer on alt.fan.douglas-adams:
“The answer to this is very simple. It was a joke. It had to be a number, an ordinary, smallish number, and I chose that one. Binary representations, base thirteen, Tibetan monks are all complete nonsense. I sat at my desk, stared into the garden and thought ’42 will do’ I typed it out. End of story.”
Adams described his choice as ‘a completely ordinary number, a number not just divisible by two, but also six and seven. In fact, it’s the sort of number that you could, without any fear, introduce to your parents. However, Stephen Fry, a friend of Adams, claims that Adams told him “exactly why 42”, and that the reason is “fascinating, extraordinary and, when you think hard about it, completely obvious.” Fry says that he has vowed never to tell anyone the secret and that it must go with him to the grave.
I am a fountain of utterly useless trivia and my thought on why the number 42 is that a former British cavalry officer named Philip Astley, born 1742 in Newcastle-under-Lyme, England reinvented himself as the world first real centre ring Circus Master.
Though Astley didn’t invent the idea of horse stunts, animal tricks, band music, and other diverse entertainment under a single venue, he was certainly the first to hit on the idea of those performers and animals doing so in the round, specifically a 42 ft (12.8 m) diameter ring, which remains the standard size used by circuses ever since.
In that light 42 serves as a pithy symbol of the human condition, bread and circuses folks, bread and circuses seemingly without end.
The practice of magic is a very Zen-like process.
The repetitive nature of endless practice, coupled with the goal of perfection, is its own form of magical meditation.
In some sense, the practice of magic is a solitary and soothing process, and to succeed you must be very happy and entertained to be in your own company.
We are all with ourselves 24/7, there is no escaping, so you really should enjoy being with yourself— and not to rely on others for your state of happiness.