Monday, March 21, 2016

Connecting and Collaborating

In the words of the writer and researcher Brene Brown, "We are psychologically, emotionally, cognitively, and spiritually hardwired for connection, love, and belonging. Connection... is why we are here, and it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives." Today, advancements in digital technologies have allowed people to connect and collaborate in new and meaningful ways. Our group aims to show how connection and collaboration have advanced in the digital age as well as address some important issues that have been raised with these new forms of human connection. We will do this through a series of four individual blog posts:

 5 Dollars to Save the World: Spencer Marks 
Sprezzatura Today: Carli Stone 
 You Care? Prove It!: Jordan Dye 
 A Case Study in Quidditch: Jackson Berg 

 These posts will show how best to navigate the digital wilderness that we have before us today. We know that not every thing that has come from these new forms of communication is good but learning how to connect and collaborate with people is even more essential today than it ever has been.


  1. I really liked your video! I think that the voice over is great because it allows you to explain a little more of your idea then you would have just with the printed words. It also creates a personal feel and makes it feel more personal. one idea that you could do to help spread your ideas is to link your individual blog posts. you can put links on your list of your personal blog posts. This will help get the word out and spread your ideas.

  2. I thought our video did very well and feeling the connection between your topics.

  3. I like how short it is. I still feel, however, you can better utilize some of the time between dialogue. While the animation makes it look good, perhaps you could take it to the next level, where it also communicates your claim.

  4. I found some resources for you. There was a TED radio hour ( about trust, and one of the talks in that show discussed how the internet has driven trust in strangers to an unprecedented degree: AirBNB, ride sharing, and entire economy has been built on trust, and this trust is becoming a currency. Here is the link to that talk (, but the overall themes of the talks before this talk, too, would likely be valuable to your project.