Director’s Notes Technology: My Love-Hate Relationship

Director’s Notes Technology: My Love-Hate Relationship

Jill Ryan, Executive Director

This issue provides information and resources concerning the technology we all must utilize to accomplish our missions today: computers, websites, e-mail, list-serves, and the list goes on. While I have to admit a bit of a love for gadgets, and that I hold the ideal that technology will help me save time and do more, I have come to know that the painful reality is that most of these tools breakdown, causing minor personal breakdowns, and simply bringing us additional work.

While I don’t know the perfect ratio of which tools to use for optimal effectiveness in getting your word out and being productive, I do know we have to strive toward that balance. Twenty years ago we had no tools such as e-mail to help us reach thousands of people instantly, we didn’t have websites to carry our message to the masses in the middle of the night, we didn’t have the ability to layout and print flyers and professional looking newsletters.

Although I have suffered my share of technology headaches, I know that technology is an absolute must in today’s world; especially for those of us working to protect and restore the resources in our communities. I therefore hope the resources in this issue will help you strive toward the balance of when technology is most efficient for your organization and not be overwhelmed by the sheer number of possible tasks you can complete if only you could use all the technologies available to us.

“Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant.”
-Mitchell Kapor

 

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