If you can make it here: Creation, Revolution, and Happiness at the Library


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If you can make it here: Creation, Revolution, and Happiness at the Library

  1. 1. If You Can Make it Here… Creation, Revolution and Happiness at the Library Peter Bromberg | peterbromberg.com Mount Laurel Library| Mount Laurel, NJ | November 14, 2013
  2. 2. Why Are We Here Today?
  3. 3. Here
  4. 4. Here
  5. 5. Here
  6. 6. Here
  7. 7. Here
  8. 8. Here
  9. 9. Here
  10. 10. Here
  11. 11. Here
  12. 12. Here
  13. 13. Today
  14. 14. World population: 7,200,000,000 Ever Lived: 108,000,000,000 http://www.flickr.com/photos/nationallibrarynz_commons/3326203787/sizes/z/in/photostream/
  15. 15. Why Are We Here Today?
  16. 16. the absolutely crazy historically unprecedented accelerating pace of Change or…
  17. 17. The pace of change is accelerating and the progression is exponential. We are actually doubling the power of these technologies now in less than a year. Indeed [for a wide variety of technologies], we find not just simple exponential growth, but “double” exponential growth, meaning that the rate of exponential growth is itself growing exponentially. - Ray Kurzweil, Author, Inventor, Futurist http://www.kurzweilai.net/the-law-of-accelerating-returns https://www.facebook.com/blog/blog.php?post=112344532130
  18. 18. Permanent Whitewater http://www.flickr.com/photos/nukeit1/244167779/
  19. 19. Permanent Revolution cc by 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/khalidalbaih/5450180945/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  20. 20. Graveyard of Disruptive Technology
  21. 21. Graveyard of Disruptive Technology
  22. 22. In a Permanent Revolution… What changes? Forms (Ways of Doing) cc by 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/khalidalbaih/5450180945/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  23. 23. “A new breed of educators are inventing radical new ways for children to learn, grow, and thrive. To them, knowledge isn’t a commodity that’s delivered from teacher to student but something that emerges from the students’ own curiosity-fueled exploration. Teachers provide prompts, not answers, and then they step aside so students can teach themselves and one another. They are creating ways for children to discover their passion - and uncovering a generation of geniuses in the process.” “How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses” By Joshua Davis, Wired Magazine, 10/15/13
  24. 24. Skills and Values needed for success in a deeply weird world Communication Analytical Skills Technical Literacy Flexible/Adaptable Interpersonal Ability Multicultural Awareness Planning/Organizing Problem Solving Creativity Teamwork Willingness to Learn Self-Motivated Self-Confidence Tenacity Positive Attitude/Energy From: http://www.quintcareers.com/job_skills_values.html by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D., and Katharine Hansen, Ph.D.
  25. 25. In a Permanent Revolution… What changes? Forms (Ways of Doing) What doesn’t change? Values (Ways of Being) cc by 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/khalidalbaih/5450180945/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  26. 26. So we were in this toy store trying on funny noses and…
  27. 27. “The library saved my life.”
  28. 28. Copyright W. Andrew “Andy” Woodworth All rights reserved. Used by permission
  29. 29. Copyright W. Andrew “Andy” Woodworth All rights reserved. Used by permission
  30. 30. Copyright W. Andrew “Andy” Woodworth All rights reserved. Used by permission
  31. 31. “Work is love made visible” - Kahlil Gibran
  32. 32. In a Permanent Revolution… What changes? Ways of Doing What doesn’t change? Ways of Being Revolution Image: cc by 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/khalidalbaih/5450180945/sizes/l/in/photostream/
  33. 33. “The public library is a center of public happiness first” -John Cotton Dana A Library Primer, 3rd ed. 1903 -Image Credit: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/78/John_Cotton_Dana_01.jpg
  34. 34. “Happiness is love. Full stop.” - George Valliant Results from 50 year longitudinal study of happiness
  35. 35. The Happiness Advantage
  36. 36. The Happiness Advantage Three Gratitudes One Positive Experience Meditate Acts of Kindness Exercise
  37. 37. Continually Connect… …one’s own small flame to the central flames of life and the world. We cannot predict the exact details of the future, but we can have a hand in shaping the heart of the future, including its context of meaning and our commitment and courage in advancing into the unknown. - Robert K Cooper, Ayman Sawaf, Executive EQ
  38. 38. Peter Bromberg | peterbromberg@gmail.com Mount Laurel Library Staff Day, Mount Laurel, NJ November 14, 2013 Image CC BY-ND 2.0 http://www.flickr.com/photos/iain/4101881178/sizes/l/in/photostream/