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Death by the office armchair : Kids have the best questions

Earlier this week, one of my son asked me : How come did slavery ever happened?

Kids have the best questions.

Driving to school, I did my best to explain that what may seem true or acceptable one day (because of ignorance, lack of attention, or whatever reason). may become obviously completely wrong, once people give it some thought.

We talked about Galileo, the abolition of death penalty, and women’s right. And that still today, you’ll find flat-earthers, and people like Trump can get elected.

Reaching the school gates, my kids priorities quickly changed and I lost them when I was about to turn towards the future. What are we doing today that will look completely out of tune in, say, just 1 or 2 generations’ time?

You heard me already on veganism here. Even if I still eat some meat sometimes, I believe that in a couple of decades, this would look plain silly and cruel to most people on the planet. For a few years now, smart people like Bill Gates, and many others, are investing on the basis of that thesis

Minutes later, reaching my office, I thought about the “death by the office chair”. It’s not impossible that, as companies get sued for exposing their staff to hazardous conditions (think pesticides for farmers, asbestos, mining conditions,..), white collars jobs may one day form class actions because they were “forced” to sit 8 hours per days at a desk, which some studies found was generating chronic disease like high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer – even for people at the proper weight and regularly exercised.

You see me coming, dont you? Can you think about something we do today, which will look plain wrong in a decade ? Hit reply if yes, and let's see if we can turn this into a new business idea.

PS : Special (belated) kudos to Savinien, Nigel and Rafik who worked on Yuka for your wallet. In one of these funkies twist of fate, Savinien ended up partnering with one of his friend to start an adjacent business idea, and will tell you more in a guest blog post, here, very soon. And to Radhika, Alexandre and Camille who started working on Work, from a beach, supported by Eric, one of your mighty advisor who recently relocated to the south of France (lucky man)

K̶e̶e̶p̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶n̶k̶i̶n̶g̶, Start doing.

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