Mindfulness Meets High School Science Club Management Methods

October 23, 2020

I read “Silicon Valley’s Corporate Mindfulness Hypocrisy.” I found my “mind” full of thoughts. The main point is that consulting savants are booking engagements and billing for educational sessions which teach employees how to be mindful. (No, I don’t know what that means, and, to be frank, I am not particularly interested in the snake oil coated academic guruish explanations.

The essay contains an interesting sentence:

Corporate mindfulness is a poor substitute for organizational change. By reframing structural and systemic problems as an individual-level pathology, by putting the onus of responsibility all on individuals – telling them, “Just do this mindfulness practice” –is akin  to victim-blaming.

The bound phrase which I noted is “organizational change.”

Why on earth would a Silicon Valley company making money, keeping the funding sources at bay, and employees working from home want substantive change.

The purpose of high school science club management methods is to institutionalize anti-adult behavior. Entitlement, money, and Clubhouse fame are goals. The other stuff like the well being of the lucky people who get paid to filter content that semi smart software cannot be trusted to block is not a big deal.

In my opinion, HSSCMM are the norm, and they seem to be working for some outfits. Change is hard. Let the employees learn how to channel their inner demons. The top dogs want to check out the new Porsches.

If you don’t get it, you don’t belong to the science club, and you probably won’t be noticed.

What’s the science club saying about the upcoming Congressional hearings in late October? Scary, right?

Stephen E Arnold, October 23, 2020


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