I blog, tweet, and present about technology quite often. I'm hyped up about all the great things it does to make my life more productive and things go faster...but that's all technology has really done - make things go faster. Technology is amazing for the exchange of information, but it's terrible at creating human relationships.
I found Simon Sinek's recent TEDxSanDiego talk entitled, Restoring the Human in Humanity, very eyeopening. He explained that "trust is a feeling, a distinct human experience. It only comes from being surrounded with people who believe what you believe." Sinek further pointed out that trust comes through seeing and hearing people.
Now, this insight is vitally important to consider because the work we do in Extension is increasing spent over screens. My concern, as Sinek expressed, is "the more time we spend on screens the less we see and hear the impact of the decisions we make."
What we need is more human interaction, we need it because it is powerful and it is the way we create human relationships and establish trust. Remember, trust is the standard, not the exception.
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Paul Hill, Ph.D.
I design, plan, and evaluate economic development programs for Utah State University.
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