“Present Tense” Events

The 2011-2012 Bertha May Bell Andrews Lecture included a variety of

events which explored our relationship with technology

and the generative power of “down-time.”

Read the coverage here and here.


Keynote Address:

Tuesday, Nov 8, 4:30 pm, The Chapel

Scott Belsky
“Present Tense: Being Here and Now in a Nonstop World – A Bates Community Experiment”
Scott Belsky is the author of the national bestselling book Making Ideas Happen and is the founder and CEO of Behance, a company that develops products and services for the creative industries. In 2010, Scott was included in Fast Company’s list of “100 Most Creative People in Business.”  Scott has spent his professional life in technology, social media, and the creative industry, and has become a thought-leader on the topic of making ideas happen. Along the way, Scott has become fascinated with the opportunities and challenges we face in an era of constant connectivity. Scott will join us to share thoughts on how to make an impact in what matters most to you amidst the frenzy of stimulation in the 21st century.


Associated Events:

Tuesday, Nov 1, 12:00-12:55

Discussion of Scott Belsky’s article “What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking and Sacred Space”
At the Harward Center for Community Partnerships
Facilitated by Margaret Imber, Associate Professor of Classical and Medieval Studies, and Georgia Nigro, Professor of Psychology and Interim Director of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships. Lunch will be provided; RSVP required. Event is full.


Tuesday, Nov 8, 12:00-1:00

Introduction to Meditation
Several students will speak briefly about their experiences with meditation, followed by a guided meditation suitable for people with little or no experience. Facilitated by Dharma Society. The Benjamin Mays Center


Tuesday, Nov 8, 6:30 pm

Dinner with Scott Belsky
For students interested in entrepreneurship. Dinner is full. To be put on the waiting list, call 207-786-6232


Wednesday, Nov 9, 11-1 pm

Mindful Meal
Come experience eating a meal in silence in community with mindfulness. Bring your lunch to the fishbowl in New Commons.


All day Wednesday

UNPLUG: Disconnect to Connect
Pledge to unplug from a technology of your choice for one full day or more. Sign your pledge in Commons on Monday or Tuesday or sign it online @ UNPLUG


Thursday, Nov 10, 4:30-5:30

Community Conversation about UNPLUG
A community conversation about Unplug Day. How did it go? Ladd Library.


Friday, Nov 11, 12:00-12:55

Yoga
Special Community Yoga Session led by Jules Hanlon ’14 from the Yoga Kula. Chase Hall, Old Commons.


Monday, Nov 14, 8-9 pm

Devotional: “Nurturing the Community Spirit”
Bring something to share–a quote, prayer, poem, passage, art, music, etc.–that inspires you and invokes the theme of the week: detachment. Or just bring yourself and enjoy the warmth of community! The Chapel.


Tuesday, Nov. 15, 12:00-1:00 pm

1/168: Reclaim Tuesdays @ noon
A Learning Commons conversation. Lunch will be provided. Pettengill G4. Please rsvp to learningcommons@bates.edu


About Scott Belsky
Scott Belsky has committed his professional life to help organize creative individuals, teams, and networks. He is the author of the national bestselling book MAKING IDEAS HAPPEN and is the founder and CEO of Behance, a company that develops products and services for the creative industries. Behance’s products include the Behance Network (Behance.net), the world’s leading platform for creative professionals; The 99% (The99percent.com), Behance’s think tank for execution in creative teams, and Action Method (ActionMethod.com), a popular online/mobile productivity application and line of organizational paper products. He is a frequent contributor on MSNBC and has worked with leading companies and organizations including General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, and Proctor & Gamble as well as the United States State Department and the CIA. Scott chairs the board of Reboot and serves on the boards of Cornell University’s Entrepreneurship program and the Art Director’s Club. In 2010, Scott was also included in Fast Company’s list of “100 Most Creative People in Business.” He attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.


Cosponsored by the Multifaith Chaplaincy, Information and Library Services, the Learning Commons, the Communications Office, the Career Development Center, The Harward Center for Community Partnerships, and The Office of the President. Additional thanks to BWell, Dharma Society, Yoga Kula, the Dean of Students Office, the Arts House, and Athletics.