【TED】是一个会议的名称,它是英文technology,entertainment, design三个单词的首字母缩写。它是社会各界精英交流的盛会,这里有当代最杰出的思想家,这里有当代最优秀的科学家,这里有迸发着最闪耀的思想火花,这里孕育着最光辉的梦想。

Nigel Marsh
Nigel Marsh is the author of "Fat, Forty and Fired" and "Overworked and Underlaid."



dress-down Fridays
paternity leave
The first is: if society's to make any progress on this issue, we need an honest debate. But the trouble is so many people talk so much rubbish about work-life balance. All the discussions about flexi-time or dress-down Fridays or paternity leave only serve to mask the core issue, which is that certain job and career choices are fundamentally incompatible with being meaningfully engaged on a day-to-day basis with a young family. Now the first step in solving any problem is acknowledging the reality of the situation you're in. And the reality of the society that we're in is there are thousands and thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet, screaming desperation, where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don't need to impress people they don't like.
第一,如果在这一问题上想要获得实质性的进展,那么我们需要一个诚恳的探讨。但问题是 在这一问题上,人们大多沉浸在毫无意义的争论之中。无论是弹性时间,还是星期五的休闲装政策,或是育儿假,这些都只是进一步掩盖了核心问题,即某些职业和某些职业选择从根本上讲就与“每天与自己的家庭亲密相处”这一生活方式水火不容。要解决任何问题,都必须首先认清自己所处的境况。而现实社会中的情况是,成千上万的人都在无声的绝望中煎熬。 他们夜以继日地从事他们痛恨的职业,目的只是为了购买无用的商品,以博得无关痛痒的邻人的艳羡。