Initial thoughts about “Connected”

So this book was great! Nikolas Christakis and Jame’s Fowler’s “Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks” is worth a read. And it relates beautifully to this year’s theme, which ideas change us and why?

I already finished it and have recommended it to several people:

  • Bruce – who I work with on education reform issues at the Center for Authentic Intellectual Work (AIW)
  • Darren – who will benefit immensely from the political insights in his work as a campaign manager in Minnesota
  • Paul – who is an expert in “teaming” and diversity at Metro State University
  • The Iowa AIW Coaching Crew – who will get insights into their schools’ AIW team successes (and challenges)
  • Jose – who works with online networks of people for WordPress
  • David 1 – who runs a chemistry lab at 3M
  • Hans and Tom – who sold it to me at Micawbers Bookstore.

People I intend to recommend the book to:

  • Tina – who decided to increase her fitness regime
  • Mary – who is changing children’s lives with SiteLines
  • Aunt Pat – who already knows a lot about social networks
  • Carla – who runs a book club in a St. Paul Public Library
  • Kathleen – who works in the international corporate world
  • My VIS classmates  – who live internationally
  • Elizabeth – who has influence and impact on the sustainable development in the Bay Area, who in turn may share it with her husband who works with NASA environmentally related issues
  • David 2 – who is a superintendent in Chaska
  • Steve – who was running for governor but withdrew
  • Jenney – who I share all my best reads with, who in turn will share it with her husband, who might just use it in his architecture course.
  • Cheri – who I also share all my best reads with AND could use it in her PR work
  • Yvonne – who I also share all my best reads with AND could use it in her Real Estate work
  • And you, whoever you are reading this blog!

Final To Do List:

About Dana Carmichael

Dana has a professional interest in Authentic Intellectual Work. This means focusing on improving intellectual quality in the classroom and increasing student engagement. By day, she does this work with a passion. By night, she is a thematic reader, examining a random essential question for the year through fiction, nonfiction, film and general random conversations.
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