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You as a connector
You are in Christian
education at a critical
(A sense of humor is
What’s missing today is a
high-quality discourse on
rethinking the design and
evolution of the entire
system from scratch.
- Otto Scharmer
The quality of results produced by any
system depends on the quality of
awareness from which the people in the
system operate. (Otto Scharmer)
The future will be different
from the past ...
From Wired, 6/7/2001
But what about e-mail? If people write
fewer letters, won't that hurt the bottom
line even more?
"E-mail is not a threat,"
Much of the content of many e-mails, from
jokes to chain letters, would not have been
sent via the U.S. Mail, said Tom Wakefield,
president of PostalWorkersOnline.com.
Many of these short communications
would instead be conducted by telephone.
Rick Merritt, founder of PostalWatch, said he hasn't seen email hurt it, yet. "If (electronic commerce and the Internet) are
impacting the Postal Service at all, it's just now starting to,"
But online billing is a threat because its potential for
acceptance hasn't been realized yet, Brennan said.
... "First-class mail is enormously
secure," Brennan said. "People trust the Postal Service."
... just as the Postal Service survived the telegraph, telephone
and television, the demise of mail is nowhere near, advocates
"There are other, faster ways to communicate," Brennan said.
"But some things will never change. There will always be some
type of mail delivery."
from Huffington Post, November 12,
WASHINGTON — The Postal Service said Friday it lost
$8.5 billion last year despite deep cuts of more than
100,000 jobs and other reductions in recent years. The
post office had estimated it would lose $6 billion to $7
billion, but a sharp decline in mail took a toll. Increased
use of the Internet and the recession, which cut
advertising and other business mail, meant less money
for the agency.
...Of particular concern has been the decline
in the lucrative first-class mail, largely
consisting of personal letters and cards, bills
and payments and similar items. First-class
mail volume fell 6.6 percent in 2010, 8.6
percent in 2009, and 4.8 percent in 2008.
Traditionally, this mail has produced more
than half of total revenue.
… “The situation is dire,” said Thomas R. Carper,
the Delaware Democrat who is chairman of the
Senate subcommittee that oversees the postal
service. “If we do nothing, if we don’t react in a
smart, appropriate way, the postal service could
literally close later this year….”
Us Postal Service Loses $3.3 Billion in Just Three
The US Postal Service reported a net loss of $3.3
billion in its first quarter as plummeting mail
volumes overshadowed stronger than expected
holidy shipping, the cash-strapped agency said
Thursday.... The service lost $5.1 billion last
The agency repeated calls to Congress to allow it
to ... expand into new
The analogy may be
But it may not.
Lessons to be
Are we in the envelope,
paper, stamp, mailbox, post
You as a connector ...
1. You ... connecting
2. You ... connecting
with your calling.
3. You ... connecting with the
calling of others
on your team
in your tradition
in other traditions
4. You ... connecting with
5. You ... connecting with your
tradition’s initial impulse.
6.. You ... connecting with
your peers ... and proteges.
7. You ...
the challenges of
8. You ... connecting to the
opportunities of the
9. You ... connecting with your
10. You ... connecting with
your students (fellow
Do not merely try to bring
others to where you are,
as wonderful as that
place might be.
But do not leave them
where they are either.
Instead, go with them to a
place neither you nor
they have ever been
Fr. Vincent Donovan (adapted)