Wired, Worries & Wonders: Technology & Soulpresentation by Adam Walker CleavelandSaint Mark’s Episcopal Church, Palo AltoM...
Me•   Husband•   Pastor•   Blogger•   Designer•   Social Media Consultant•   Gadget Geek
Wonders & Worries?This will help frame our conversation this morning.
Wired: Technology – It just is.
The air we breathe...•   This is the water we’re    swimming in - it’s not going    away•   Technology changes at a    rap...
The Today Show - 1994: “What is internet?”•   “What is Internet” Video    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUs7iG1mNjI
Web 1.0 & Web 2.0: What’s the difference?•   Static content                    •   Dynamically generated content•   Enhanc...
Did You Know 4.0•   “Did You Know 4.0” video:    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ILQrUrEWe8
Wonders: Creativity, Connection &Collaboration
Creativity...
Pomplamoose covers Beyonce’s “SingleLadies”•   Pomplamoose: http://www.youtube.com/PomplamooseMusic•   Single Ladies cover...
Connection...•   Example: Connecting with    members of church•   New communities are formed•   Deeper connection are made...
Ambient Awareness"They call it “ambient awareness.” It is, they say, very much like being physicallynear someone and picki...
Collaboration...
Collaboration...•   Wikipedia is more accurate.•   New ways of working    together•   Open-source preaching•   Liturgy & w...
Web 1.0 & Web 2.0: What’s the difference?•   Static content                    •   Dynamically generated content•   Enhanc...
Worries: Privacy & Too Much?
Privacy...•   Young people often don’t    get this•   Once it’s out there, it’s out    there•   Must know & understand    ...
Jeff Jarvis on“Publicness”“In Public Parts, I’ll argue, as I havehere, that in our current privacymania we are not talking...
Just too much...?•   Facebook friends•   Pre-school reunion???•   Relationships used to last    for seasons, not we carry ...
So where do we go from here?
#1: Enjoy it!•   We live in an EXCITING time•   Embrace the awesomeness•   Use technology for good•   Connect with and hel...
#2: Vibrate: OFF•   Spiritual direction•   Make yourself “unavailable”•   There was life before    smartphones•   Rejoice ...
#3: Be aware.•   Work on your awareness•   Use common sense•   You will know - or your    spouse/partner/child will let   ...
Questions & Responses
Sources•   New York Times article: “I’m So Totally, Digitally, Close to You”    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/magazine...
Wired, Worries & Wonders: Technology & SoulConnect with me here:Email: cleave@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/adamwcTwitte...
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A presentation given at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Palo Alto, CA on March 13, 2011. It was a conversation about the pros and cons of digital technology and its affect on our faith & spirituality.

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Wired, Wonders & Worries: Technology & Soul

  1. 1. Wired, Worries & Wonders: Technology & Soulpresentation by Adam Walker CleavelandSaint Mark’s Episcopal Church, Palo AltoMarch 13, 2011
  2. 2. Me• Husband• Pastor• Blogger• Designer• Social Media Consultant• Gadget Geek
  3. 3. Wonders & Worries?This will help frame our conversation this morning.
  4. 4. Wired: Technology – It just is.
  5. 5. The air we breathe...• This is the water we’re swimming in - it’s not going away• Technology changes at a rapid pace• This isn’t a new conversation• Technology expands our world• Use & moderation will look different for everyone• Nothing should get in the way of our calling to love God & love others, whether that’s technology or anything else
  6. 6. The Today Show - 1994: “What is internet?”• “What is Internet” Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUs7iG1mNjI
  7. 7. Web 1.0 & Web 2.0: What’s the difference?• Static content • Dynamically generated content• Enhancing knowledge • Enhancing creativity• Information download • Information sharing• Little to no interaction • Collaboration• Users are passive recipients of • Users are required to engage information with information, create it• FINDING • CREATING & SHARING
  8. 8. Did You Know 4.0• “Did You Know 4.0” video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ILQrUrEWe8
  9. 9. Wonders: Creativity, Connection &Collaboration
  10. 10. Creativity...
  11. 11. Pomplamoose covers Beyonce’s “SingleLadies”• Pomplamoose: http://www.youtube.com/PomplamooseMusic• Single Ladies cover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIr8-f2OWhs
  12. 12. Connection...• Example: Connecting with members of church• New communities are formed• Deeper connection are made within already existing communities• Connection with the world: Iran, Egypt, Japan...
  13. 13. Ambient Awareness"They call it “ambient awareness.” It is, they say, very much like being physicallynear someone and picking up on his mood through the little things he does —body language, sighs, stray comments — out of the corner of your eye. This isthe paradox of ambient awareness. Each little update — each individual bit ofsocial information — is insignificant on its own, even supremely mundane. Buttaken together, over time, the little snippets coalesce into a surprisinglysophisticated portrait of your friends’ and family members’ lives, like thousandsof dots making a pointillist painting. This was never before possible, because inthe real world, no friend would bother to call you up and detail the sandwichesshe was eating." (source link)
  14. 14. Collaboration...
  15. 15. Collaboration...• Wikipedia is more accurate.• New ways of working together• Open-source preaching• Liturgy & worship that truly are “the work of the people”• Is our worship & ministry operating from a 1.0 world mindset or a 2.0 world...?
  16. 16. Web 1.0 & Web 2.0: What’s the difference?• Static content • Dynamically generated content• Enhancing knowledge • Enhancing creativity• Information download • Information sharing• Little to no interaction • Collaboration• Users are passive recipients of • Users are required to engage information with information, create it• FINDING • CREATING & SHARING
  17. 17. Worries: Privacy & Too Much?
  18. 18. Privacy...• Young people often don’t get this• Once it’s out there, it’s out there• Must know & understand privacy settings on social networks• Privacy connected to safety• Caveat: Publicness is good
  19. 19. Jeff Jarvis on“Publicness”“In Public Parts, I’ll argue, as I havehere, that in our current privacymania we are not talking enoughabout the value of publicness. If wedefault to private, we risk losing thevalue of the connections the internetbrings: meeting people,collaborating with them, gatheringthe wisdom of our crowd, andholding the powerful to publicaccount. Yes, I believe we have aright and need to protect ourprivacy – to control our informationand identities – but I also want theconversation and our decisions toinclude consideration of the value ofsharing and linking. I also want toprotect what’s public as a publicgood; that includes our internet. Wehave plenty of privacy advocates. Iwant to be a publicnessadvocate.” (source link)
  20. 20. Just too much...?• Facebook friends• Pre-school reunion???• Relationships used to last for seasons, not we carry them all with us• Too much sharing? Potential for narcissism?• Always connected• Smartphones in bedrooms? 81.5% said YES
  21. 21. So where do we go from here?
  22. 22. #1: Enjoy it!• We live in an EXCITING time• Embrace the awesomeness• Use technology for good• Connect with and help out other people• Get creative
  23. 23. #2: Vibrate: OFF• Spiritual direction• Make yourself “unavailable”• There was life before smartphones• Rejoice in the WIFI connections that go down• Connect with God (whatever that looks like for you) and not with others
  24. 24. #3: Be aware.• Work on your awareness• Use common sense• You will know - or your spouse/partner/child will let you know• Notice when it’s becoming a distraction to your spirituality and connection with God
  25. 25. Questions & Responses
  26. 26. Sources• New York Times article: “I’m So Totally, Digitally, Close to You” http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/07/magazine/07awareness-t.html• “What is Internet” Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUs7iG1mNjI• Pomplamoose: http://www.youtube.com/PomplamooseMusic• Jeff Jarvis & “Public Parts” http://thefastertimes.com/mediaandtech/2010/05/20/jeff-jarvis-we-have-plenty-of- privacy-advocates-i-want-to-be-a-publicness-advocate/• “Did You Know 4.0” video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ILQrUrEWe8
  27. 27. Wired, Worries & Wonders: Technology & SoulConnect with me here:Email: cleave@gmail.comFacebook: facebook.com/adamwcTwitter: @adamwcWeb: www.adamwc.comSlides available here: www.slideshare.net/adamwc

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