The Wharton School has numerous 10-minute video clips on various business topics. The series is called BizTalks 2012. I enjoyed watching Lori Rosenkopf's video on "Learning from Those Who Have Left." Her research shows that companies can benefit from social connections between workers even after they move to a different company. One of the take-aways is that companies can host alumni events to encourage their current employees to network with former employees thereby strengthening the knowledge sharing.
Here are my favorite parts from Sherry Turkle's article in the New York Times, The Flight From Conversation, about technology and communication.
"Face-to-face conversation unfolds slowly. It teaches patience. When we communicate on our digital devices, we learn different habits. As we ramp up the volume and velocity of online connections, we start to expect faster answers. To get these, we ask one another simpler questions; we dumb down our communications, even on the most important matters."
"And why would we want to talk about love and loss with a machine that has no experience of the arc of human life? Have we so lost confidence that we will be there for one another? "
"When people are alone, even for a few moments, they fidget and reach for a device. Here connection works like a symptom, not a cure, and our constant, reflexive impulse to connect shapes a new way of being."
"We think constant connection will make us feel less lonely. The opposite is true. If we are unable to be alone, we are far more likely to be lonely. If we don’t teach our children to be alone, they will know only how to be lonely. "
Sherry Turkle is a psychologist and professor at M.I.T. and the author, most recently, of “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other.”
My friend, MiQL, posted a link to Numair Faraz's webpage.
Numair Faraz writes "I am too busy living my life to maintain a public identity, so email me if you want to discuss something ... Life is pretty awesome when you live it outside. Get off Facebook, get rid of your TV, and go be interesting." Numair goes on for a couple paragraphs about not putting your life online but instead living it. His perspective is a good one, but is it too far to one side?
I started blogging over ten years ago because it was a way for me to share my life with others. I never stopped living life. I never let blogging be the focus. Life has always been my focus and blogging/social media has allowed me to connect to others. In fact, I started blogging as a way to keep my friends in other cities updated on my life. (It was more efficient than email.)
Then through blogging I made a whole bunch of new friends in other cities that never would have been possible without the internet. I'm so thankful for social media and the way it connects me to others.
I think it's possible to live your life and share it. Like most things, the key is definitely balance.
I'm proud to be one of the supporters for Season Two of Put This On. Thanks to all the supporters who pledged and made it possible for Season Two!
Put This On is a web series about dressing like a grown-up. In our first series, we took on big ideas in men's style. We met men who personified elegance, craft and aesthetic passion. We even shared a few goofy tips and tricks.For series two, we're going to take on the big places. Three world style capitals, selected by our viewers.
The "most fun thing" I can think of is to sleep in until I wake up naturally. Then sitting on the couch and playing video games for hours. Then riding bikes around town at night with my friends like a teenager!
What's the most fun thing you can think of?
TBAG Presents the Tempe TWEED RIDE Fri 2/18
Tempe, Az. Tempe Bicycle Action Group will host its second Tweed Ride on Friday, Feb. 18. Riders of all types are invited to wear their favorite woolens – skirts, capes, and shawls for the ladies and tweed jackets, caps, and knickers for the gents - and to meet at the entrance to Tempe Beach Park, Mill Ave. & Rio Salado at 7:30 p.m. This nighttime ride will stop at a few public houses for food and pints. Tweed is the order of the day - it can be herringbone, twill or plain, plaid, or checkered. It's a celebration of the Discovery Age of Cycling and an opportunity to show some sophistication and class. Tally Ho!
Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns reaches out to GLBT teens with a personal story and a message of hope.
Thank you. Thank you for bringing attention to this very important issue. Thank you for sharing your story and very personal things from your life. Having grown up in Texas just a few minutes from Fort Worth, I know how conservative a place it can be. Your message and others like it are so needed. This country needs to love, accept and treat all people equally.
Thank you for this moving speech. Thank you for offering to help your community. This country will change and we won't have these suicides. It will get better.
This Saturday night is the championship game for banked track roller derby. My friend, Adriane, will be skating for the Schoolyard Scrappers! I'll be wearing blue to support her team. For more details about the event & coupons go to http://www.arizonaderbydames.com/site/press/.
Update: Had a great time with all my friends watching roller derby on Saturday night. Those ladies worked so hard to entertain us. Thank you!!