Paying Attention to Attention: Linda Stone ’77

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Linda Stone ’77 personifies the Evergreen mind.  If you don’t already know her work, this is your chance. Atlantic Monthly’s James Fallows interviewed her for the June 2013 issue. Here is the intro:

A longtime tech executive, Linda Stone worked on emerging technologies at Apple and then Microsoft Research in the 1980s and ’90s. Fifteen years ago, she coined the term continuous partial attention to describe the modern predicament of being constantly attuned to everything without fully concentrating on anything. Since then, she has frequently written and lectured about the challenges of living in an always-on, hyper-connected world.

And here is how Linda frames her Attention Project on her blog:

Attention is the most powerful tool of the human spirit. We can enhance or augment our attention with practices like meditation and exercise, diffuse it with technologies like email and Blackberries, or alter it with pharmaceuticals. In the end, though, we are fully responsible for how we choose to use this extraordinary tool.

We encourage you to get acquainted with Linda’s work, subscribe to her blog and make Linda part of your learning network.

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2 thoughts on “Paying Attention to Attention: Linda Stone ’77

  1. Thanks, RJ! Very kind post. There is no question that TESC had a profound impact on the way I think. Color me grateful. I think I graduated in 1977 (not 1978).

    • Right you are, Linda – 1977 – and my apology for the error. Happy you caught this post. Would love to bring your wisdom back into an Evergreen classroom one of these days, perhaps within the Consciousness Studies arena. Much great stuff is happening there.

      RJ

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