academia, economics, writing

writing || Ontario Teachers are Essential: The Economic, Social Safety, and Human Rights Consequences of Teachers’ Right to Strike

Particularly in the public sector, strikes are an integral element of the collective bargaining agreement negotiation process. With an employer as powerful and politically driven as the government, employees’ best option for leverage is delaying a resolution and using the population’s subsequent outrage to pressure for a concession. However, Canada’s educational institutions ought to be… Continue reading writing || Ontario Teachers are Essential: The Economic, Social Safety, and Human Rights Consequences of Teachers’ Right to Strike

things i learned, writing

writing || so you want to tell a story: brands and individuals you can learn from

I originally wrote this post for publishing on a conference blog at my university. I'm not that happy with how it turned out, but in the interest of writing more consistently, and learning from my mistakes, I figured I'd share it anyways. Enjoy! When Leonardo DiCaprio said, “sell me this pen” in the iconic scene… Continue reading writing || so you want to tell a story: brands and individuals you can learn from

things i learned, writing

writing || asking the right questions

On a superficial level, I like asking questions. They're easy. They're painless. They take little effort on my part. When I'm nervous speaking, they give me a break to collect and attend to what little insecurities have bubbled up over the course of a conversation. And most of all, they make people like me more.… Continue reading writing || asking the right questions

things i learned, writing

writing || On the 9 to 5

The Queen's Solar Design Team's retrofitted autonomous home on campus. Three months ago, I started my first 9 to 5 job. I'm working as the business manager for the Queen's Solar Design Team, which is a self-managed design team operating out of the engineering department. It forms part of a "Summer Work Experience Program" that… Continue reading writing || On the 9 to 5

Psychology, things i learned, writing

writing || vulnerability in a professional context

The two papers stare desperately back at me. Am I missing anything? I go through the checklist in my head: examples, explanations, something creative. A lady clears her throat and my heart rate shoots up. Grabbing the pencil, I scratch three straight lines on a new sheet and tear it out of its pad just… Continue reading writing || vulnerability in a professional context

academia, economics, Psychology, writing

writing || time is not money: on storytelling and sunk costs

They say time is money, but that’s not exactly true. Since being exposed to the research field through my professors at university and Richard Thaler’s “Misbehaving”, I’ve found it fascinating to read studies that explore the bridge between psychology, decision-making and economics. At the moment, I'm looking into sunk costs and “mental accounting” - a… Continue reading writing || time is not money: on storytelling and sunk costs

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writing || hello 19: 8 things i learned in 2018

I'm turning 19 in just a few days, and one of the perks of being born so close to New Years' is that, to me, my birthday becomes an even bigger milestone than the turn of the year. Although this time around I won't be doing my usual resolutions, I wanted to still take some… Continue reading writing || hello 19: 8 things i learned in 2018