Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Susan956 says…

One of the pleasures of writing this blog has been the responses of readers. For those of you who follow the comments at the bottom of each post, you will have noticed that alongside friends, acquaintances and connectors who chip in with opinions and information, we have a few regulars who take the time to tease out some of the ideas I raise. I am referring in particular to three: Susan956, Piotr Jakubowski, and ideas revolutionary Kempton, all of whom are now part of the KRConnect family. Very generous with their ideas and insights, they always seem to be able to come up with something relevant that takes my thoughts further. I am very grateful to them for that. I was particularly taken with Susan’s suggestion that Google Earth might play a role in retirement homes. “I hope portable units can be taken into some retirement homes and stories encouraged from those folks who may not have ready computer access. History and future are nice to see together. I enjoy blending of generations on such projects.” Now that strikes me as such a Lovemarks idea for someone to pursue. The past starts infusing the present more richly as we get older – I can feel the pull myself. I have already noted the London Museum project and the delights of joining stories and maps. Combine that with the memories of people with time to spare, and you could get something big happening. The places where retired people gather (whether it’s residential or clubs or events) have the potential to become true centers for lively discussion, sharing and the creation of new emotional knowledge and emotional connections.