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Corporate Mindfulness

Corporate Mindfulness

  • Mindfulness, in the Buddhist tradition, is a tool to sit with, understand, alleviate, and ultimately overcome suffering.
  • No doubt, mindfulness in itself might alleviate some of the suffering workers experience.
  • However, corporate mindfulness often supports productivity as the sole arbiter of self-worth, which is in itself a source of suffering.
  • Moreover, corporate mindfulness is typically shorn from the ethical teachings that accompany it in Buddhism.
  • “Right Livelihood” is a part of the “Eightfold Path” of Buddhism.


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Corporate Maternalism

Corporate Maternalism

Many Silicon Valley corporations(Think Google or Meta) provide everything from daycare to laundry to fitness centers and snacks, meals, and happy hour drinks, in an effort to glue workers to the workplace. Some corporations even sent their workers weekly snack boxes during the pandemic, as well as paying for mindfulness and other wellness apps and programs.


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In Silicon Valley, Work May Be Religion

In Silicon Valley, Work May Be Religion

Silicon Valley appears to have created an elite within corporate America, one which has developed its own religion, co-opting mindfulness to suit its own purposes. Will workers continue to drink the Kool-Aid? Are we all buying into the religion that says Big Tech (and social media) will solve all our problems, thus disconnecting ourselves from more meaningful engagement with our neighbourhoods and communities?


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Techtopia: Everything Revolves Around Work

Techtopia: Everything Revolves Around Work

Many tech workers feel fulfilled and “whole” because of work, others at the margins of the tech industry are living broken lives. There is a social cost to  “Techtopia,” a society where work is the highest form of fulfilment.

The problem with Techtopia is that work monopolizes the resources of a community—its time, energy, money, and devotion. As a result, people disinvest in other vital social institutions—families, faith communities, neighbourhoods, and political institutions. Work becomes the alpha institution, around which all other institutions must submit to.


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