Public Forum on Information and the Quality of Life

What: Lecture by Bill McKibben, author of "Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age"

When: Monday, May 10, 2004, 7:00 PM

Where: Town Hall, Seattle

Cost: Free to the public.
No tickets required.

For more information, contact Prof. David Levy, The Information School, University of Washington (tel. 206-616-2545, email:

Event sponsored by The Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities, The MacArthur Foundation, and the National Science Foundation



Too much information and too little time to digest it. Attention pulled in a thousand directions, and by the very technologies that promise to inform and connect us. Why is life speeding up and what can we do about it? How can we find greater balance and harmony?

Join a public discussion on the role of information and information technologies in our busy, fast-paced lives. Listen as local and national leaders share their views on the problems of information overload, fragmented attention, speedup, and busyness, and then add your voice to the debate about the extent of these problems, their causes, and possible solutions.

Speaker: Bill McKibben, Author, Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age

Moderator: David M. Levy (Professor, The Information School, University of Washington)


  • John Seely Brown (Former Director, Xerox Palo Alto Research Center; Author, The Social Life of Information)
  • Carla Pryne (Associate Rector, Emmanuel Episcopal Church; Founder, Earth Ministry)
  • Kirsten Foot (Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, University of Washington)

You can listen to the presentations here.