18 Jan 2010

Open space: Communication / Connectedness

Following on from the previous post, a second subgroup came up with the following ideas through their Open Space Process at one of our monthly forums...

People are increasingly isolated from each other despite all the technology related to communication. Technology provides useful tools, but excessive reliance on technology can cause more anxiety-technology is not foolproof.

Educating children (and others) that one does not need to rely on gadgets to communicate, and reliance may diminish real connectedness.

Fun activities/spaces not involving technology (eg-no cellphones, computers).

Get to know neighbors-this builds trust, reduces anxiety parents often have about children, but relevant to nonparents as well. Start here, and build up, expanding circle of people you know and trust.

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