Stories of Elders: What the Greatest Generation Knows About Technology that You Don't by Veronica Kirin
What can the older generations teach us about technology?
While many youth today find humor or some aggravation in teaching their elders how to use the technology that we have at our fingertips, the reverse could be said if these elders tried to teach these same youth the technologies of the past, or lack thereof. Veronica Kirin, author, anthropologist, entrepreneur, began a 12,000 mile journey across the United States in 2015 that lead her to interview 100 elders all born before 1945 and what the Greatest Generation could teach us about technology. Stories of Elders is the culmination of her years of work to capture these uniquely personal stories in the form of a book that will store their perspectives for generations to come.
America's Greatest Generation has witnessed the onset of an incredible evolution of technology and social progress. From mere entertainment to life-changing advances, technology has changed the way we live, work, and identify. Sadly, with each passing year, fewer member of the Greatest Generation are still alive to share their wisdom as the final generation to grow up before the digital revolution.
Where did the idea for this book originate?
Kirin notes that, "the honest truth is that it came to me, as if delivered by the Muses, one piece at a time. It became increasingly clear, as I began conducting these interviews, that I am but a conduit for the preservation and delivery of these stories to our youth.
The first moment of conception came while I was driving a country road, romantically observing the old barns and farmhouses. Many of the barns were collapsing. A way of life was being lost. It is said that today's youth will not know what a 'phone pole' was. They equally are ignorant of the dial-up tones of computers, or the tone a phone makes when the line was first picked up, signaling its readiness for the number to be dialed.
As I began explaining this initial idea to others, I found myself largely reflecting on the people who lived their lives working in those barns, in those fields, living in those farmhouses. True to the Anthropologist inside of me, it became apparent that none of these historical edifices would matter without the humans that built and experienced them. That's when the first interviews began."
Veronica Kirin Bio:
Anthropologist turned serial entrepreneur, Veronica Kirin, has a passion for telling stories and connecting with the past. Her desire to study social changes through people drove her to write about technology and its impact on culture through the eyes of the Greatest Generation.
Kirin was named by Forbes as a notable graduate of Grand Valley State University, a 40 Under 40 Business Leader, has been recognized as the founder of a Top Women Owned Business, and the first business in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to be certified by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. She offers entrepreneurial coaching to LGBTQ business owners who wish to scale their businesses so they work less, grow faster, and earn more.
To learn more about Veronica Kirin, visit her website here.
Book Signing Event:
Where: Osage Beach Library
When: Friday, September 27 @ 10:30 a.m.
Each signing begins with a screening of the Stories of Elders Documentary, created by filmmaker David Astudillo using the footage Veronica recorded during her research.
Author Q & A:
After the documentary, Veroncia takes the floor to answer questions for the audience regarding the project, her funding via Kickstarter, and her discoveries.
Finally, the audience has an opportunity to purchase their books and have them signed by Veronica. They are also welcome to request a photo with Veronica.
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