Adult Circle

Adult Circle

Sunday mornings at 9:30am in the West Wing classroom .

Friedmanbook

We will begin a new series at the Adult Circle / Adult Education Class at Central UMC, starting this Sunday (October 29th).  This series, led by Judy Kruger, will be based on the book “Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Acceleration” by Thomas L. Friedman.

You’re welcome to get a copy of the book to read yourself, but reading the book is not required.  The study will be discussion-based, with quotes and summaries of Friedman’s to spur dialogue. The Adult Circle meets on Sunday mornings at 9:30am in the West Wing Room (Room “C”).  All are warmly invited to be a part of this group! A sneak peak of Friedman’s book, from the dust jacket: A field guide to the twenty-first century, written by one of its most celebrated observers

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 Thank You for Being Late, a work unlike anything he has attempted before, Thomas L. Friedman exposes the tectonic movements that are reshaping the world today and explains how to get the most out of them and cushion their worst impacts. You will never look at the world the same way again after you read this book: how you understand the news, the work you do, the education your kids need, the investments your employer has to make, and the moral and geopolitical choices our country has to navigate will all be refashioned by Friedman’s original analysis.

Friedman begins by taking us into his own way of looking at the world and how he writes a column. After a quick tutorial, he proceeds to write what could only be called a giant column about the twenty-first century. His thesis: 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.

Why is this happening? As Friedman shows, the exponential increase in computing power defined by Moore’s law has a lot to do with it. The year 2007 was a major inflection point: the release of the iPhone, together with advances in silicon chips, software, storage, sensors, and networking, created a new technology platform. Friedman calls this platform “the supernova” for it is an extraordinary release of energy that is reshaping everything from how we hail a taxi to the fate of nations to our most intimate relationships. It is creating vast new opportunities for individuals and small groups to save the world or to destroy it.

Thank You for Being Late is a work of contemporary history that serves as a field manual for how to write and think about this era of accelerations. It’s also an argument for “being late”, for pausing to appreciate this amazing historical epoch we’re passing through and to reflect on its possibilities and dangers.

To amplify this point, Friedman revisits his Minnesota hometown in his moving concluding chapters; there, he explores how communities can create a “topsoil of trust” to anchor their increasingly diverse and digital populations. With his trademark vitality, wit, and optimism, Friedman shows that we can overcome the multiple stresses of an age of accelerations if we slow down, if we dare to be late and use the time to reimagine work, politics, and community. 

Thank You for Being Late is Friedman’s most ambitious book and an essential guide to the present and the future.

Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 to discuss the book and share your ideas. 

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