I'm not entirely sure what I thought Connection Generation was going to be like, but as it turned out it was much meatier and more densely-packed with information than I might have expected. To my surprise, it isn't even just aimed at those of us already digital converts.
In fact a lot of the book is not about computers or technology, but rather it's about people. What they like, what they do and how they do it. Being as how I am a Great Big Fan of the study of strategies; how people use them and sometimes, how people put up with strategies that don't support their outcomes, this book appealed to me. It is in many ways, a "How-To" for those "other-ways-to-skin-that-cat", and peek behind the curtain to see what other people are using successfully as their strategies in daily life in this ever-changing world.
If I have a criticism of the book it was that it caught me ill-prepared for the amount of work it would generate from me - writing notes, checking out sites new to me, and pondering how to fold these new learnings into my strategies as I move forward.
Just as we have different personality styles, I now learn that we also have different meta-programs for how we connect and approach new technology as the landscape for what's possible changes. In the same way understanding our different personality differences let us communicate more effectively with others, so too, understanding our connection preferences and noticing those of others, we can more easily accomodate this difference. Perhaps too, we can gain some new insight into weaknesses in our own strategies around connection, and add elements that others have used to good effect, to make ours even more successful.
This is not an easy book to read when you're feeling lazy. You'll get a lot from reading Connection Generation. More if you bring your wits with you.
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