Making the Leap: Technology Is About A Mindset

My salon participants want to learn the tools. More important, they want to become comfortable with their computers, and be people who are comfortable with living in a digital world. Why is this so hard? There’s a leap involved, I think, and it’s one many people seem not to make, from the familiar world to a different kind of world, a different way of being […]

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Google Docs & the Re-Making of the World

The second gathering of the Sunday Salon took place on Sunday at 4:00 p.m., instead of directly following worship. There were far fewer attendees this time; I chalked that up to an unusual-for-the Pacific-Northwest sunny-ish afternoon. (Here, even partial sunshine during the rainy season is enough to inspire people to get outside. This is especially bothersome when one is attempting a house remodel and the […]

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Introducing an Organization to the Web: In Which Google Docs Is the Star

Sunday Salon Begins! Sunday Salon had its official beginning on the second Sunday of January. Just under 20 people came into the Zoom room to see what Google Docs had to offer them, and our small (but mighty) communications committee joined in to add perspectives and a helping hand. Our plan was to start with a pep talk: You can’t break the internet! Just give it […]

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Out of Organizational Gas

Even in the midst of positive change, it’s possible to run low on gas. In the community I’m trying to bring to the digital world, cloud-based tools are catching on with a small group of people. They’re excited about what can be done with Google Calendar, Google Forms, Google Drive. More people are asking to learn about Zoom. There have even been some volunteers willing […]

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Leading People to New Mindsets & the Internet

“Zoom does not like me ….” “My computer hates me.” “[The committee] is afraid of the [Google] form.” I hear it several times a week: hardware and software has– or will– come to life in people’s homes for nefarious purposes and general meanness. It is Something To Be Feared. Some wear it like a badge of honor. Others are ashamed. Still others raise their hackles […]

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We Forged Some Goals for the Coming Year

I’ve been writing about leading a communications committee that’s working on moving a community church into the digital age.  A Tentative Beginning This week, we concluded the third session of our Zoom “retreat.” When I first posed the idea that it was time for a retreat and said I envisioned a six to eight hour process, I got more pushback than I’d ever expected. I […]

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