An Innovative Housing Idea

An innovative idea is only the beginning of any change. What makes innovation successful is the buy-in by those who can contribute to making the change happen, though not just by the money folks, but for all those who can help in their unique way. Some people can write letters to petition businesses and government. Other people can advocate and garner community support. Investment folks can open their hearts and minds as well as their wallets.

In essence, we can work together to address a need affecting many people that in the long run affects us also.

A Canadian province and other countries have discovered that housing the homeless actually costs less than all the care homeless need as a result of being homeless. However, the challenge is not only about housing the homeless, but also about creating safe, healthy living spaces for the people with wages below the poverty level, for those who cannot work because of disabilities, for the aged who are still independent, and even for people whose income is above the poverty level, but are saving to buy homes or who are growing businesses.

We need to build inclusive communities, rather than continue to segregate people by income and other qualifying factors that also lead to a host of other health-related problems, including loneliness and depression as well as safety and security challenges.

Recognizing the significant difference between what the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) defines as Extroverts and Introverts is also key in developing healthy living environments for each group. Extroverts’ brains require fairly constant external stimulation by interacting with others, while Introverts’ brains are constantly engaged internally and as a result, withdraw from the level of interaction Extroverts thrive on in order to rest and not become overstimulated.

But rather than having to build these buildings, across Ontario and in many other places too, these buildings are sitting vacant or almost waiting to be brought back to life. Those buildings are the once-thriving shopping environments we call shopping malls; growing more and more obsolete as big box stores increasingly become the norm.

And here is where you come in. Think of all the malls you have visited or shopped. Think about the small stores spaces anchored by the once-big department stores.

Now, imagine all those small stores transformed into living spaces for Extroverted folks who love to be close to their neighbours and community. Envision the wide hallways as promenades for their congregating and exercising without having to go outside when the weather is not inviting. Imagine an indoor playground to keep children occupied and caregivers comforted with the safety and security of the contained playground. Imagine bustling community rooms where Extroverts could regularly top up their interaction need with other Extroverts.

In contrast, for the Introverts, imagine those big department stores transformed into a number of living spaces surrounded by elements Introverts need to keep their needs balanced also. Elements such as quiet open areas for alone time or conversations for two and noise free nooks in order to read, study, reflect, write, and create. Imagine studios and the like for those driven to create in private.

Now imagine the communities that could be built upon mutual respect by recognizing each other’s differences and needs. Imagine all people coming together in such a community, a community within a community, made stronger by getting their basic needs met; a community fostering the ability for all of its community members to thrive.

Of course, this is just an idea, but an idea I am sharing because of my experience the past twenty years living in a variety of communities and in a variety of living environments, the worst of which has been in many the boarding houses where there has been no locks on doors, no kitchens to prepare healthy foods, and landlords who really do not want to be landlords, but want a way to generate passive income with minimal expense that often results in unsafe and unhealthy environments that people in developed countries should not be living.

Abandoned malls are not the only spaces we can transform to fill the housing shortage needs, but the malls, like some mansions, are just waiting to be re-purposed; to be filled with echoes of voices that once filled their spaces.

My contribution has been observing and experiencing what I have, plus now planting the seed for you to nurture and grow. Now we just need the people who really want to make a difference and will get the ball rolling. Is that you or someone you know? And now this, here is your chance to leave a bigger legacy than what you may have planned. I  am rooting for you!

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Writer, Founder and President of Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

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August 31, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming Next: An Innovative Housing Idea

Re-purposing on a grand scale. Stay tuned and Happy Labour Day long weekend!

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Writer, Founder and President of Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

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August 30, 2019

 

“On Getting Rejected a Lot (and Liking It)”

“Most things in life don’t work out. But some do. The secret is to love the possibilities.”

Linked article by Blair Braverman for Outside

https://www.outsideonline.com/2400888/life-unfair-rejection-great?utm_source=pocket-newtab

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August 27, 2019

 

The Often Unrecognized Power of Our Words, the Impact, and the Consequences

Important information that is not only for writers.

It is one thing to talk and discuss factually when necessary, but highly respectful people don’t engage in gossip because they know how hurtful gossip is to people, their reputations, and even to people’s livelihoods. Plus, gossiping can also result in being slapped with a lawsuit for slander or libel.

GOSSIP DEFINED

Gossip definition by Lexico

noun: casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true.

synonyms: tittle-tattle, tattle, rumor (s), whispers, stories, tales, canards, tidbits; idle talk, scandal, hearsay;

verb: to …

synonyms: spread rumors, spread gossip, circulate rumors, spread stories, tittle-tattle, tattle, talk, whisper, tell tales, muckrake”

Source: https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/gossip

LIBEL and SLANDER DEFINED

“Defamation is an area of law that provides a civil remedy when someone’s words end up causing harm to your reputation or your livelihood. Libel is a written or published defamatory statement, while slander is defamation that is spoken by the defendant.”

Source: https://www.nolo.com › legal-encyclopedia › defamation-slander-libel

The old saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will not hurt me,” is often untrue for only the most secure, confident people who will not be greatly affected; however, even then the words will sting even if only briefly, because no one likes to be hurt by the words and actions of others.

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Writer, Founder and President of Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

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August 26, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

Improvement Does Not Mean We Are Flawed

Living a full life requires us to continuously step into the unknown.

Change challenges us to grow past our beliefs and the way we interact with the world.

Growth stems from our response to change and if we allow growth to happen, the quality of our lives improve.

And as a  result, we become the best version of ourselves: not because we are flawed, but because we are human.

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Writer, Founder and President of

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

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August 20, 2019

 

“Don’t Change Yourself. Improve Yourself”

Linked article by Darius Foroux for Pocket Worthy

https://getpocket.com/explore/item/don-t-change-yourself-improve-yourself?utm_source=pocket-newtab

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Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

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August 19, 2019

“The US (and Canadian) Labor Shortage Explained” and What Needs to Happen

Applicable to Canada as well as many of us Canadians know, especially since the introduction of contract part-time work that pays no benefits and is either minimum wage or slightly above, while also expecting “contract” people to use provide and use their own capital for an employer’s benefit, such as, but not limited to, computers, Wifi, and vehicles.

“Companies looking to attract enough blue-collar workers will have to continue increasing wages and, as a result, possibly experience diminished profits,” wrote Gad Levanon, chief economist for North America at the Conference Board, a global economic research organization that has studied the recent US labor shortage.

Slow income growth has been the most persistent problem affecting the US economy in its recovery from the Great Recession. Wages have barely kept up with the cost of living, even as the unemployment rate dropped and the economy expanded.

 With such a tight labor market and rising productivity, workers should expect much bigger pay raises than they’re getting.

Private sector workers (excluding farmworkers) got a measly 8-cent average hourly raise in July, adding up to an average pay of $27.98 an hour. Workers’ wages only grew about 1.6 percent in the past year, after adjusting for inflation.

While that’s faster than wages have been growing since the recession started in 2007, it’s still a pathetic amount compared to the sky-high payouts corporate CEOs are getting.

But raising wages will only do so much to ease the labor shortage. Businesses will need to hire more foreign workers too.

Excerpts from the following linked article by Alexia Campbell for Vox

https://www.vox.com/2019/8/12/20801941/us-labor-shortage-workers-quit

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Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

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August 16, 2019

 

“The World’s Wealthiest Family Gets $4 Million Richer Every Hour”

https://www.bloomberg.com/features/richest-families-in-the-world/?utm_source=pocket-newtab

True wealth though is not about what one has, but about how one acquires financial wealth and what one does with it.
 
My own experience with wealthy people inspires me not to be like them or many of these folks listed in the following linked article. I remember how awful I felt working for such people and also how I felt when I took a trip to a severely impoverished country: I just couldn’t enjoy myself. Back then, it made me wonder how many of these people live as they do, but now I know how so I feel sorry for them and those they inspire to acquire wealth without heart.

KAITLIN ANN TREPANIER

Writer, Founder and President of

Connecting The Dots With The Respect Principle

Smashwords interview @  www.smashwords.com

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August 14, 2019

“Self-Made Millionaires: This is the greatest paradox of wealth–and most people fail to recognize it”

It’s all about being willing to have an open mind in order to keep growing and expanding into a fuller life, rather than doing the same thing over and over again most of our lives, which Einstein defined as crazy when expecting different results.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/08/self-made-millionaire-this-is-the-greatest-paradox-of-getting-rich-people-fail-to-recognize.html?utm_source=pocket-newtab

Article by Ramit Sethi for Make It

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August 13, 2019