We need to “Reclaim Conversation”

Professor Sherry Turkle is the founder (2001) and current director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.  She studies human connection is being impacted by technology and our online lives.  Through her work and most recent book “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age” she challenges us to look closely at our new forms of connections, the impact technology is having on our lives, and offers conversation as the rememdy.  In this video she shares her work at Google’s office in Cambridge, MA.

While Turkle offers conversation as a remedy, we still need the HOW TO. How do you work coversation into our human institutions? How do you create spaces and structures to prioritize the conversations we need to have?  The “how to” is the purpose of the Small Group Lab. To receive resources as we release them, please sign up for Small Group Lab updates.

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Insight from a 75-year study is simple, relationships drive happiness.

In his Ted Talk on What makes good life? psychiatrist Robert Waldinger shares insight from directing a 75-year-old study on adult development.  He shares that happiness is not about fame and money, but instead, relationship.  Do you have a video on the power of connection and community that you’d like to share with our community?  Share it and tag the Small Group Lab on Facebook or Twitter at @SmallGroupLab. Read more about this study: “Scientists spent 75 years studying happiness and this is what they learned.”

Former Facebook executives warn social media is ‘Ripping Apart’ human society

Recenly former Facebook exectutives been featured in the media discussing the impact of social media on society.  What are the impacts of social media?   Here’s what the people who helped make Facebook are saying.

I should note that I love social media. We just need to use it with purpose and integrity. I think part of that requires we recognize that getting a small sense of connection and a hit of dopmine from a social media interaction is not a substitute for our deeper need for connection, meanining, and belonging that comes from being part of a strong local face-to-face community.   Part of our strengthening the social fabric of our society requires we first acknowledge that we need community, that we need eachother, and that the void when we are missing it can’t be satisfied in the long term by digital connections.