Invitation to Thank You for Being Late Book Discussion

If you can’t make the F2F event, we will be livestreaming the 630 pm session for eLCC.

“When you press the pause button on a machine, it stops.  But when you press the pause button on human beings they start.”  Dov Seidman

Hello Friends,

I hope that all is well with you.  It is an invitation to read, reflect, pause and come together in community.

 At the end of March the Community Education Department at Arapahoe Community College will be hosting a book discussion on Thomas Friedman’s latest book titled Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations.  Here’s a quote from the book jacket that drew me in to read more.  “We all sense it—something big is going on. You feel it in your workplace. You feel it when you talk to your kids. You can’t miss it when you read the newspapers or watch the news. Our lives are being transformed in so many realms all at once—and it is dizzying.”

In this book Friedman’s thesis is that in order to understand the twenty-first century, you need to understand that the planet’s three largest forces—Moore’s law (technology), the Market (globalization), and Mother Nature (climate change and biodiversity loss)—are accelerating all at once. These accelerations are transforming five key realms: the workplace, politics, geopolitics, ethics, and community.

The book is an informative read that I believe provides several interesting insights and recommendations for how we might be successful in the coming years both as a society and individually.  And, for those of us in the “education business” it presents some ideas and models for us to consider.  If any of this sparks your interest,  I would highly recommend taking the time to review the two following resources which will provide you with more information about the book.

An overview of the book presented by Thomas Friedman during a talk at the Brookings Institution.  (I watched this while munching on lunch the other day.)

A summary and review of the book that can be purchased from Amazon for a $2.99 or less depending on your membership with them. (It’s 40 pages long. Quick read.)

If both of these resources really get you hooked, I encourage you to read as much of the book as you can in time for the event on Thursday, March 30.

Here is a link to the program information and registration.

This event is FREE and open to the public, and if you would like to purchase a hard copy of the book, the Tattered Cover is providing a 10% discount once you register for the program. 

As always, thank you for your consideration and time.  All the best, hope to see you soon and take care,  JB

Julie Beggs, Manager
Community and Workforce Programs
Arapahoe Community College