Recently, Nicholas Carr wrote a piece: The Web Shatters Focus, Rewires Brains.
Can we really know that’s true? It’s the web? Is this a declaration of war on technology? After all, it’s shattering focus and rewiring our brains, according to Carr.
My latest Huffington Post piece, Are We at War with Technology, considers the relationship between the WHAT (technology), the HOW (how we’re using it) and the human (us).
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A few weeks ago, when I checked my inbox, there was an email from Lianne Raymond. Her request:
I am asking you, as one of the women I look to for thought leadership, to contribute your idea of “what is dying to be born” in the world right now- maybe it is already in the process of happening and you will shine the light on it – it doesn’t matter: whatever way you want to interpret that phrase is welcomed and encouraged, as part of the beauty of the end product will be our multi-faceted ways of viewing the world, with each view reflecting the others.
You are on this list because somewhere along the way you made a difference in my life through your words. So thank you so much for being a part of my life and growth, whether or not you become a part of this.
With much love,
Click on the link below, for Linda’s page, to read my piece on Presence in What is Dying to Be Born?
The link, What is Dying to be Born, will take you to the entire book:
What is Dying to be Born?
A couple of weeks ago, I interviewed Rebecca, a 25 year old Yale graduate. We talked about the Era of Connection and the shift into the Era of Protection.
“An important thing to understand,” Rebecca began, ” is that my parents and I have a very different views of protection. For my parents, protection is control: it is a 401K and equity in their home. For me, protection is fluid and based on others: it is a rich and authentic social network. For example, I just left a fantastic job and my parents are concerned, but, really, I’m not. I have a rich social network of friends and mentors to guide me. I know I can count on them and that they can count on me, I have places to stay and people to connect with. Through my network, I’ll know what’s going on, find interesting opportunities and have support while I am exploring.”
Millenials grew up with social networks that grew organically. They don’t hesitate to “friend” someone from their third grade class — and then sleep on their couch as they drive across country. These kind of thing is as natural to a Millenial as a telephone was to a Boomer in his/her teen years. Rebecca’s world view has been shaped significantly by her experiences growing up, along with her peers, as an active participant on social networks.
Douglas Atkin, founded The Glue Project. We discussed Rebecca and he’s added his own related insights about community to this story.