A couple years ago, I participated in a poverty simulation by Etch Empathy. Here are some lessons I learned, and some reasons why I would recommend such a simulation for you, your family, and your friends to experience. (more…)
Board games can be really fun and engaging, especially because of the social interactions. They can also be educational too, turning dry boring lessons into memorable and entertaining experiences. Praxis is such a board game. It aims to teach children as well as adults some important financial lessons. Read on to find out how you can request a gameplay session.
As I’m writing this, my former home and community (in the States) is burning to ashes. This is not a metaphor. It took roughly 8 hours for a raging fire to spread 18,000 acres (73 km2) and engulf this small, quiet, rural town. Watching my former home, friends’ homes, workplace, hangouts, and public spaces crackle and collapse just reminds me of the impermanence of it all. (more…)
In the Science of Consumerism, one commonly cited behaviour is the tightwad‐spendthrift (TW-ST) construct. This TW-ST model is represented as a scale, based on the “pain of paying”. It can tell whether a person leans toward being a tightwad versus a spendthrift when it comes to making purchases. Tightwads tend to experience a high “pain of paying” and spend less than they would ideally like to spend. On the other hand, spendthrifts tend to experience insufficient pain and spend more than they would ideally like to spend. But neither are happy with how they handle money. So where does frugality fit into all of this, and how is it different? (more…)
“Thirty-four years at SPH, and now I’m looking for a job again. Things have changed so much since then,” said June* (not her real name). “It’s like I’m newly divorced, going back into the dating scene.” Finding employment these days can be challenging . It’s even more difficult if you had been with the same company for decades. Finding yourself suddenly unemployed while your peers remain working, can also feel quite lonely. If only you had a team by your side or just someone to guide you, it might help you through this stressful time. Fortunately, there are several free career resources for jobseekers.