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Distracted

Author : Maggie Jackson
ISBN : 9781633884632
Genre : Social Science
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This visionary book details the steep costs of our deepening crisis of distraction and reveals remarkable scientific discoveries that can help us rekindle our powers of focus and sustained attention. In the first edition of this groundbreaking book, Maggie Jackson sounded a prescient warning of a looming crisis: the fragmentation of attention that is eroding our abilities to problem-solve, innovate, and care for one another. Now in this updated edition with an incisive new preface, she offers both a renewed wake-up call and a path forward as we reckon with one of the most pressing problems of our time. How can we harness the technological marvels of our age more wisely and turn data into knowledge and distraction into skillful attention? How can we reset human bonds in a time of deep disconnection? We must, she argues, curb technological excess by cultivating the full gamut of our attentional capabilities. We must look first to the human behind the device. Jackson is our expert guide in exploring the historic roots of distraction, the perils we face in melding human and machine, and the cutting-edge science that reveals the attentional skills most needed in an age of overload. Timely and unforgettable, Distracted offers a harrowing yet hopeful account of the fate of our highest human capacity.

Slow Media

Author : Jennifer Rauch
ISBN : 9780190641801
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Today we recognize that we have a different relationship to media technology--and to information more broadly--than we had even five years ago. We are connected to the news media, to our jobs, and to each other, 24 hours a day. But many people have found their mediated lives to be too fast, too digital, too disposable, and too distracted. This group--which includes many technologists and young people--believes that current practices of digital media production and consumption are unsustainable, and works to promote alternate ways of living. Until recently, sustainable media practices have been mostly overlooked, or thought of as a counterculture. But, as Jennifer Rauch argues in this book, the concept of sustainable media has taken hold and continues to gain momentum. Slow media is not merely a lifestyle choice, she argues, but has potentially great implications for our communities and for the natural world. In eight chapters, Rauch offers a model of sustainable media that is slow, green, and mindful. She examines the principles of the Slow Food movement--humanism, localism, simplicity, self-reliance, and fairness--and applies them to the use and production of media. Challenging the perception that digital media is necessarily eco-friendly, she examines green media, which offers an alternative to a current commodities system that produces electronic waste and promotes consumption of nonrenewable resources. Lastly, she draws attention to mindfulness in media practice-- "mindful emailing" or "contemplative computing>," for example--arguing that media has significant impacts on human health and psychological wellbeing. Slow Media will ultimately help readers understand the complex and surprising relationships between everyday media choices, human well-being, and the natural world. It has the potential to transform the way we produce and use media by nurturing a media ecosystem that is more satisfying for people, and more sustainable for the planet.

Think About It

Author : John Mauk
ISBN : 9781285663326
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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THINK ABOUT IT aims to help users become more critical, active, academic thinkers by teaching nine essential intellectual practices that span the university. Beginning with overarching strategies for critical thinking and ending with interactive outlines that guide users into greater development and organization, THINK ABOUT IT provides key methods for users to think critically and powerfully. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

The Cult Of The Amateur

Author : Andrew Keen
ISBN : 9781857884371
Genre : Computers
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A new, updated edition, with a new foreword of Andrew Keen's witty and provocative polemic against the rise of user-generated content and the anything goes standards of much online publishing, which set the blogosphere and media alight on publication. Dubbed the 'anti-christ' of Silicon Valley and a dot-com apostate Andrew Keen is the leading contemporary critic of the Internet. and The Cult of the Amateur is a scathing attack on the mad utopians of Web 2.0 and the wisdom of the crowd. Keen argues that much of the content filling up YouTube, MySpace, and blogs is just an endless digital forest of mediocrity which, unconstrained by professional standards or editorial filters, can alter public debate and manipulate public opinion.

The Shallows

Author : Nicholas Carr
ISBN : 9781848878839
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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In this ground-breaking and compelling book, Nicholas Carr argues that not since Gutenberg invented printing has humanity been exposed to such a mind-altering technology. The Shallows draws on the latest research to show that the Net is literally re-wiring our brains inducing only superficial understanding. As a consequence there are profound changes in the way we live and communicate, remember and socialise - even in our very conception of ourselves. By moving from the depths of thought to the shallows of distraction, the web, it seems, is actually fostering ignorance. The Shallows is not a manifesto for luddites, nor does it seek to turn back the clock. Rather it is a revelatory reminder of how far the Internet has become enmeshed in our daily existence and is affecting the way we think. This landmark book compels us all to look anew at our dependence on this all-pervasive technology.

The Way We Re Working Isn T Working

Author : Tony Schwartz
ISBN : 9780857200495
Genre : Business & Economics
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This is the paperback edition of 'The Way We're Working Isn't Working'. Through his years of intensive work consulting to companies including Procter & Gamble, Sony, Toyota, Microsoft, Ford and Ernst & Young, with his firm The Energy Project, Schwartz has developed a powerful program for changing the way we are working that greatly boosts our engagement and our satisfication with our work and increases our performance. In this book he marshalls a wide range of powerful evidence from business research and psychology that shows that the current model of work is not only not optimal, it is specfically counter-productive because it saps us of our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy. In order for us to perform at our best, we must make a set of key changes in our work lives -- and in order to develop the full potential of their work force, our managers and companies must institute changes that will provide us with the regular physical renewal, emotional reward, mental focus and stimulation; and sense of purpose and significance that we need.

The Global Fourth Way

Author : Andy Hargreaves
ISBN : 9781452283517
Genre : Education
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Learn from global lessons of successful educational change! Deep and lasting educational reform doesn’t happen overnight. This example-packed sequel to The Fourth Way draws upon inspiring examples unearthed by brand new research to challenge educational leaders, teachers, and policy makers to put proven strategies to work promoting student achievement and the high quality teaching that drives it. With striking success stories from diverse systems around the world, Hargreaves and Shirley discuss: The real-life, nitty-gritty challenges facing change leaders Stumbling blocks to enacting best principles and practices Developing and implementing a plan of action to overcome challenges to lasting change

These Beautiful Bones An Everyday Theology Of The Body

Author : Emily Stimpson
ISBN : 1937155153
Genre : Religion
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It was Blessed John Paul II’s greatest gift to the Church: The theology of the body. A window into who we are, the theology of the body is a theology for the rooms where we make love. But it’s also a theology for the rooms where we work, where we eat, where we laugh, and where we pray. These Beautiful Bones takes you on a walk through those rooms. With both humor and practical wisdom, it sheds light on what the theology of the body has to say about life beyond the bedroom, about the everyday moments of life, helping you discover how to let grace enter into those moments and make of them something extraordinary.

Change Leader

Author : Michael Fullan
ISBN : 1118106571
Genre : Business & Economics
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We live in a challenging, complex, inter-connected andunpredictable world beset by a range of seemingly insolubleproblems. But, says Michael Fullan—an internationallyacclaimed authority on organizational change—we have anincreasing understanding of how to tackle complex change. Thisinvolves developing a new kind of leader: one who recognizes whatis needed to bring about deep and lasting changes in living systemsat all levels. These leaders need a deep understanding of whatmotivates us as human beings and how we tap into and influenceother people's self-motivation. In his previous best-selling books The Six Secrets ofChange, Leading in a Culture of Change, andTurnaround Leadership, Michael Fullan examined the conceptsand processes of change. In Change Leader he turns his focusto the core practices of leadership that are so vital for leadingin today's complex world. He reveals seven core practices fortoday's leaders, all of which appear to be deceptively simple butactually get to the essence of what differentiates a powerfulleader from one who is merely competent: Practice Drives Theory Be Resolute Motivate the Masses Collaborate to Compete Learn Confidently Know Your Impact Sustain Simplexity Throughout the book Fullan argues that powerful leaders havebuilt bedrocks of credibility, have learned how to identify the fewthings that matter most, and know how to leverage their skills inways that benefit their entire organization. The author showsleaders how to avoid policies and strategies that focus on shallowand short-term goals and develop leadership skills for long-termsuccess. With a wealth of illustrative examples from business, education,nonprofit, and government sectors Change Leader provides amuch-needed leadership guide for today's turbulent climate.

Applied Social Intelligence

Author : Stephen J. Sampson
ISBN : 9781599961842
Genre : Business & Economics
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Research and experience in the area of interpersonal relationship management have revealed that successful interactions among human beings are usually the direct result of the timely and appropriate application of specific and learned interpersonal skills. This skills based primer is based on extensive research and provides the reader a clear understanding of how to successfully utilize specific and transferable interpersonal skills in almost any situation.

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