Podcast 5/52 – Autism at work

It’s Sunday, and Sunday means podcast-tip of the week. This time, a program I listened to almost a year ago, but it’s stayed with me. It’s an RSA Event entitled Autism at work: Releasing Talent and Harnessing Creativity. It’s not an easy listen, perhaps, but do give it a chance. If you do, I believe you will hear something new.

I remember taking a walk while listening, getting frustrated and elated both. Frustrated because there is so much human potential that goes to waste, basically because of lack of understanding and knowledge. Elated because there is hope at the end of the tunnel, this program give examples of companies really thinking about what their needs are, and realizing people within the autism spectrum are spot on for those needs.there is a place for everyone

Now, that might seem callous of me, as if the only way to have worth on this earth is if you are employed and somebody can directly utilize your skills. That’s not what I mean, so please don’t misunderstand me here. Rather, opening up work places, organizations etc, for a wider spectrum of how human beings can be, with similarities and differences, hopefully will lead to a more allowing society.

I believe it to be an innate need of human beings, to belong. So what can be done, to enable more people to find their place and their crowd?

Where is away?

I’ve written several times before about the podcast of Julia Butterfly Hill interviewed by Chris Martenson on Peak Prosperity. Find it on iTunes or here: http://www.peakprosperity.com/podcast/85294/julia-butterfly-hill-living-meaning

Here’s another part of that podcast that really hit me hard:
Unfortunately, in privileged societies, we are so disconnected from the impact of our choices. And one of the examples that I started using years ago that thankfully is now finally making it into the cultural conversation is:

When you say you are going to throw something away, where is away?

And the fact that we have that word proves how disconnected we have become because away is a place. And it is here. It might not be right in our backyard, but we all might have different houses; we share one home. There is no such thing as away. Away has people attached to it. It has places attached to it. It has animals attached to it. The fact that we think there is an ”away” is a magnifying glass into how little we realize how much of a difference we truly make.

imageHonest to God, I’ve never really thought about it this way. I mean, my lifestyle has a smaller ecological footprint today that it did ten years ago, and I try to minimize it more, but still, I’ve never gone fully into the thought of AWAY not existing, of it being a place. Which of course it is!

Huh. Have to ponder that one even more I feel. And perhaps it’s time for another listen to this podcast, that really made me go Oh, Ah, Uhuh, over and over again. Did it provoke the same responses in you?