Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Address

Listen to this commencement address that Steve Jobs delivered at Stanford University

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life’s setbacks — including death itself — at the university’s 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005.

Destination Imagination

Eight years ago, I was introduced to a program called Destination Imagination, the largest creative problem solving competition in the world. I was a coach of a team of young elementary kids. It was the beginning of an experience of a lifetime for me. In the years since, I have had the opportunity to continue being associated with this amazing program as a coach, including a life changing trip to Global Finals. There are likely very few programs that can teach core life skills to our children in a fun environment like Destination Imagination. Form a team!! Get your kids involved. They will amaze you with their creativity.

Connected but Alone

Next time, before you pick up your phone to text someone instead of walking over to talk to them, think about this.

In her most recent book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, Turkle argues that the social media we encounter on a daily basis are confronting us with a moment of temptation. Drawn by the illusion of companionship without the demands of intimacy, we confuse postings and online sharing with authentic communication. We are drawn to sacrifice conversation for mere connection. Turkle suggests that just because we grew up with the Internet, we tend to see it as all grown up, but it is not: Digital technology is still in its infancy and there is ample time for us to reshape how we build it and use it.

Turkle is a professor in the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT and the founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self.

“What technology makes easy is not always what nurtures the human spirit.”
– Sherry Turkle