Author: Dr. Jo Golden

I design meaningful experiences at Chaos To Clarity, OpenIDEO DC Chapter, the Design Leadership program at MICA, and other places.
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Back It Up or Risk Losing It Forever

box with question mark“Strategy is about choice, which affects outcomes,” according to Wikipedia. Digital Survival for Everyone™ is all about ongoing action plans to help you achieve your goals. Your plans should make the challenge of Success in a Digital World™ easier to understand and achieve.

In my last post, I suggested that you map out your own needs and goals to move you along in taking charge of your computer. Because most people learn computers on an ad hoc basis, bits here and there related to a specific task, right from the start you are likely to have more knowledge in some areas than others.

If you are going to put in the effort to execute your plan, then keeping your goals right in front of you is an excellent way to stay motivated while you execute your strategy.

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Take Charge of Your Computer!

It’s a great rallying call for a whole lot of people, and I often get the feeling that many go straight to “the devil is in the details.” So in my next few blogs  I will address ways to learn about computers with a Take Charge spirit as you make sense of the task at hand.

Success in A Digital World™ comes from having a foundation of digital survival strategies for making sense of what you need to know and learn, and the digital survival skills to take care of yourself now and in the future. Digital survival strategies and skills will allow you to solve problems and troubleshoot when you have to and educate yourself when you need or want to.

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Use the Internet to Learn about Your Technology, Part 2

browsersTake advantage of the many people who are offering technology tips and tricks to you as a public service.

Technology providers and devices drive one another to change while consumers do their best to hang on for the ride. Tips and tricks will certainly help when a feature or process remains the same and I look forward to more public attention on the importance of sharing solutions—the comments on David Pogue’s column are just the tip of the iceberg!

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Use the Internet to Learn about Your Technology, Part 1

SearchI love validation for my chosen work, it is a wonderful thing. Sometimes it comes from the people I work with, but sometimes it comes in the form of a rising tide of public attention to issues I am passionate about.

I was reading New York Times columnist David Pogue’s technology column on Oct 2 and was very happy to see him begin to pull together tips that people need to know to make the most of their technology. October 9 Pogue wrote in his blog that after a huge response (1200+ comments) he now plans to write a book on the subject.

I took is as validation of my work and vindication when it comes to the inevitable challenges of keeping a small business afloat. Chaos To Clarity is a business with an approach whose time is now. There are just too many people getting by the hard way who need to know how to use their technology effectively so it can make their lives easier.

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Digital Survival for Everyone™ Part 2

e-signStill, something is missing and too many people are missing out. Missing out on being able to fully participate in a society that puts computers and the Internet front and center with everything from grocery shopping to dating. If people choose not to do certain things online that is fine, but having the choice means having more knowledge.

To me it seems that education is missing. There are lots of step-by-step instructions, some of which are excellent, but the kind of technology education that helps people develop a basic knowledge base for them to build on as they confront new situations is missing in the lives of too many people. Without it, without the skills and decision making abilities to be an effective computer and Internet user, too many people are missing out on the potential of our times.

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Digital Survival for Everyone™ Part 1

keyboard and mouseGreetings,

After 5 years at Chaos To Clarity working with people who need to make the most of computers at home and work, and spending more than twice that teaching in Universities off and on, I want a soapbox…or rather the 21st century variation that lets me have my say and a great conversation too. Hooray for blogs!

I work with people who want to become confident and competent computer users so that they can fully participate in 21st century life. I get that. And I love being part of the journey. I will admit to being a bit surprised by how passionate I have become about reaching more people. It seems to me that technology education is necessary for amazingly large numbers of people so they can live with less stress, more access to information, and greater possibilities for connection with others.