Rewarding Creativity [...]

Using extrinsic rewards to motivate creative tasks is generally actively detrimental.

Incentives will have a detrimental effect on performance when two conditions are met: first, when a task is interesting enough for subjects that the offer of incentives is a superfluous source of motivation; second, when the solution to the task is open-ended enough that the steps leading to a solution are not immediately obvious.

Kenneth McGraw, from Punished By Rewards.

See also: Extrinsic Rewards and Costly Sharing

Fairness [...]

To assume that fairness always requires that people should get what they "earn'' —that the law of the marketplace is the same thing as justice —is a very dubious proposition indeed. What's more, as Morton Deutsch warns, ''the danger of conceiving of personal relations in terms appropriate to marketplace exchanges is that it hastens the depersonalization of personal relations by fostering the intrusion of economic values into such relations

-Alfie Kohn, Punished by Rewards

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Memory Machines [...]

Rather than building devices that could enhance human memory and human knowledge for each individual, education technology has focused instead on devices that standardize the delivery of curriculum, that run students through various exercises and assessments, and that provide behavioral reinforcement. (Source)

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Self-Love [...]

It’s more than likely that one of the reasons that the trans and queer communities continue to make such gains in culture, despite a violent backlash, is the broad recognition that self-care, mutual aid, and gentle support can be tools of resistance, too. After the Orlando massacre, LGBTQ people across the world started posting selfies under the hashtag #queerselflove. In the midst of the horror, the public mourning, and the fear, queer people of all ages and backgrounds across the world engaged in some light-hearted celebration of ourselves, of one another.  (Source)

For when this kind of individual work is mandated or "encouraged" from outside and above, see Wellness

Wellness [...]

A gentle form of oppression and social goal-post-shifting.

The isolating ideology of wellness works against this sort of social change in two important ways. First, it persuades all us that if we are sick, sad, and exhausted, the problem isn’t one of economics. There is no structural imbalance, according to this view—there is only individual maladaption, requiring an individual response. The lexis of abuse and gas-lighting is appropriate here: if you are miserable or angry because your life is a constant struggle against privation or prejudice, the problem is always and only with you. Society is not mad, or messed up: you are. (Source)

For when this kind of individual work emerges from a grassroots community rather than imposed from without, see Self-Love

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Forcing consideration [...]

Consideration and thought are not bad things - they lead to more deliberate and more intentional use of technology, and that's a good thing. (Source)

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