This past week, the Netherlands announced renewed corona measures and throughout Europe similar decisions are being made as we brace for a so-called '2nd wave'. Feels like deja vu because the 1st round was never really through...
This issue's theme is inspired by the idea of needing permission. No not the governmental permission that we currently lack to do things we once did. Of course, I strongly believe that we're all obligated follow corona guidelines in the interest of the greater good. I'm referring to the permission required to be who want to be professionally.
Permission, in this sense, is (was?) about asking your boss if x, y, z is ok, about getting a promotion, a new title, a raise, to even go freelance. I recently read about Permissionless Identities and how networked writing is reshaping careers:
People used to think they needed permission - so they would ask for somebody else to give them permission to advance, to be something different - a new job title, a new degree, a new certification, a new membership.
The old world was full of gatekeepers to impress. - Tom Critchlow
Ultimately, Tom's punchline to his article is:
"Jobs, careers and identities are increasingly modular and iterative.
And the internet enables you to create, shape and experiment with new pathways without gatekeepers"
This all resounded with me as I see this very newsletter you're reading right now as how I create those new pathways. I've long since agreed that "Writing in public is the new CV". Setting out do do your own thing starts with saying it, then publishing it and pursuing it. (We're seeing that happen with journalists now too!)
In case you're not convinced, here are some of Tom's examples of how writing can help your career that I totally dig:
- The pursuit of new ideas - each week, I have a routine of exploring new ideas by simply through writing about them. I'm grateful for this routine of exploring new territory.
- Many possible selves - publishing your writing is a great vehicle for experimenting with new ideas and iterating on what drives you. Go back to the first issues here and see what I mean ; )
- New connections & networks - each issue is capable to attract it’s own audience and I agree that networked writing enables new connections with each post.
As always, thank you for reading! I hope you have a nice weekend ahead and maybe not needing permission inspires you too,
Header by Oliver Grenaa.
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I love fenders. I love rando bikes. So nice!
Until 1991, all bikes in Paris-Brest-Paris had to be equipped with fenders. Traditionally, this had been a way to distinguish randonneur events from races – the randonneurs were expected to ride bikes that were equipped for real-world riding. However, by the 1980s, there simply weren’t many performance bikes with fenders any longer, and most riders struggled to put fenders onto their racing bikes. The rule no longer made sense, and so it was abandoned.
Ideas (wheels required)
Will you help Patrick from General Surfaces provide bicycles for essential workers to communities in need in partnership World Bicycle Relief? He is conducting a study for products for children and cyclists around the world:
"One of our brand partners is looking for participants interested in sharing their feedback on bike seats and trailers for children, and for each participant who joins this online survey, they will donate €25,00 ($30.00) to the World Bicycle Relief organisation to provide bicycles for communities in Africa. These custom-built utility bicycles create lasting impacts on communities and generations to come. Participants will receive a recognition from World Bike Relief of their donation, and these efforts will support essential workers in our current challenging times.
If you are interested in helping and have experience with bicycle seats or trailers for carrying children, please express your interest by following the link below and Patrick can contact you with further information.
Do so by 9 October. It takes less than one hour to complete. : )
I'm a big proponent of Lian's Shift Cycling Culture project and been an Ass Savers fan since forever too!
Did you know they founded in the same workspace that Twotone calls its HQ now? Wild, right?
My former colleague Irina of JOYN Mobility is doing mobility research around green alternatives for work commuting.
Please help her out with a several minute survey:
Ideas (no wheels required)
In line with this week's theme, Laetitia makes the point that permission isn’t always bad. Some people are helped by it. If you don’t need it, then give others your permission to do things they wouldn’t otherwise do.
The 2020s will be the most disruptive decade in history, in large part because the reality of the last 75 years is collapsing.
In anonymous environments, the spiral of silence can end up reversing itself, making the most fringe views the loudest. So speak up!
Our desire to fit in with others means we don’t always say what we think. We only express opinions that seem safe. Here’s how the spiral of silence works and how we can discover what people really think.
Escape your routine for a few minutes with this magical bike camping trip from Erik Binggeser, aka @truemarmalade:
"My entry for the Swift Industries #swiftcampoutvidchallenge. 100% filmed on green screen at home. Many thanks to all who inspired this project.
concept / editing / directing / motion graphics / compositing / audio mixing / filming — Erik Binggeser @truemarmalade
filming / assistant directing / logistics / moral support — Alison Mae Bonham @heyalimae
music — jrd “Stay With Me”