Does Place Really Matter? If So, Why?

The carrels and stacks of Widener Library. Yes, that is a coffee up you see by my computer. And, yes, it is now legal to bring a drink into Widener.

In my last blog post, I asked the question “Does place really matter?” In our increasingly digitized, flattened, and shrunken world, does our physical location make a real difference? Most of those who answered this question, through comments, social media, or email, said, “Yes. Place does matter.” I think most people have a gut sense [Read More...]

Does Place Really Matter?

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Increasingly, it seems as if we live in a “placeless” world. Oh, to be sure, you and I occupy places in this world. But with technology flattening and shrinking the world, we might begin to wonder if place really matters. Perhaps we are now inhabitants of “noplace.” Take the workplace, for example. We use the [Read More...]

What We Really Miss When We Miss College

A great reflection from Leadership Journal regarding what we’re really missing when we feel nostalgic for college (the answer might surprise you): I miss my university years. It has been twenty-two years since I graduated from college. I went to a state school in a medium-sized Oregon farm town. For me, it was a fantastic [Read More...]

Upward Mobility Has a Downside

Related to yesterday’s post: at The High Calling, David Rupert recently reflected on the downside to upward mobility: The Wall Street Journal article, “Hold On To Your Dream Job,” cites a survey that claims “3 in 4 employees say they have no desire to move up in their organizations.” This goes against the presumption that we are [Read More...]


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