I’m in Minnesota for the 2013 Nonprofit Technology Conference where I am doing a plenary session on Saturday morning and two breakout sessions. This blog post serves as a resource page for a session on mindfulness with Rob Cottingham and Jana Byington-Smith.
How nonprofits can stay focused given all the distractions inherent in today’s attention economy? Social media and working online doesn’t have to be overwhelming; you can take back control. This session teaches you some techniques including the use of visualization, graphic facilitation, mind-mapping, attention training, and technology tips and tools that you can immediately put into practice to help you and your staff work more efficiently and effectively, enabling you to achieve more in less time and ultimately increase the return of your efforts.
1. To assess and reflect on how we use information effectively to make decisions or own patterns of distraction online
2. To provide best practices for taming the digital jungle that assaults our brains everyday at work
3. To practice techniques like mind-mapping, use of visualization, attention-training, technology tools, and more to stay focused and productive in our work
I’m very excited and honored to be working with Jana and Rob, especially to teach some of the visual note taking techniques. Rob shared this guest post about how to get started drawing cartoons and it is filled with amazing resources. He will teach us some drawing techniques for those of us who are not Picassos. Jana will share some techniques such as mind mapping and sketchnotes as well as share the different options for tools – both analog (paper and markers) and digital (ipad).
The Unantipcated Benefits of Content Curation – article in NTEN Journal and other resources
NetSmart: How To Thrive Online
How To Focus in an Age of Distraction
Wisdom 2.0: Balance in Hyperconnected World
The Information Diet
18 Minutes A Day
My Curated Lists and Wikis
Information Coping Skills on Scoop.It
Information Coping Skills Wikispaces
The session notes can be found here. Expect a follow up post from me next week about what I learned to improve my visual note-taking technique.