In a previous post What makes an adult I have explained that today, some basic financial literacy is necessary in order to function as an adult in a typical western capitalist society. Because in our economy driven society, knowing about money is so important, I have come up with a list of key skills/know-how this basic … More Financial Literacy (continued from What makes an adult)
I have a cool, well paid and stable job, where I work with people from many different countries, get to travel and am still allowed to have a personal (read family) life. This is not (meant as) boasting, but it is probably more than many people of my generation can say. I am also happy I have this job and … More Working life full of surprises
If you are anything like me, then the words satellite data, Earth Observation and Space program make your eyes glaze over and think… ahhh, geeky stuff! And now you wonder: What IS she going to write about this time… ?! Through long term exposure to these terms and regular contact with lovely people who work in … More What can satellites do for you?
Have you ever wondered what makes you adult? Is it your age (18 or 21 years on this planet are enough to be adult?)? Or is it your capacities to function and contribute as an adult member your family and of society? When you are a Maasai warrior, you used to become adult when you killed … More What makes an adult?
For an illuminating article on digital skills to tech our children see here.
June 23rd BREXIT referendum has been an earthquake. Not only the UK, but Brussels and the whole of the EU have shaken that day. With disbelief, with disappointment, with sadness that so many English people don’t believe in the benefits of a unified Europe anymore, that they don’t “like us, fellow Europeans”. However, it also seems … More Political literacy
What I do when I have something difficult, ambitious and possibly lengthy to do and don’t feel like diving into it: At the office I clean my desk. Can’t work with so many papers on my desk. Oh, here is something I forgot about… Hmmm, I have to create a new folder for this… Oh, it’s … More Procrastination and me
Kids, especially toddlers are real little monkeys: monkey see – monkey do… And that’s why we, the harried parents, have all been told over and over again by smart books, doctors, teachers, grandparents and everybody else that we need to set a good example, and that kids learn most not by listening to us, but by observing what we do and … More Monkey see – monkey do
I have been talking recently to several friends who are – like me – keeping a keen and wary eye on the contents of their shopping baskets and on their (and especially their kids’) dinner plates. We were discussing things we have to be careful about when shopping and what we are watching out for. … More Food shopping puzzles
In all areas of our lives, we live under the constant direction of expert opinions. Just read any newspapers – the headlines are quite revealing: experts comment on politics, experts give their opinion on the market, experts advise us how to raise our kids, tell us what to eat (or what not to eat), how to live … More Do what the experts say…