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{August 24, 2006}   Ren Gen

After attending a presentation last February in San Antonio, TX, I’ve had a real hard time getting this idea/ideal out of my mind. The program was put together by OCLC (www.oclc.org). Several people talked of a variety of issues all of which had something to do with a new report that OCLC was releasing (http://www.oclc.org/reports/2005perceptions.htm).

Long story short, one of the speakers was Patricia Martin of LitLamp (www.litlamp.com). She spoke about what she is calling the rennaisance generation. Those who want to create and interact with services and institutions more than they want to just consume what those services and instututions offer. It is the gamer generation yet not as narrowly defined. Within her presentation she mentioned a website that had emerged from this idea of the Ren Gen (therengen.com). Ms. Martin is currently working on a book that captures this idea and generation. It is what we who work with youth with open minds and eyes see and understand about them. It is what this blog is trying to capture and facilitate. Enough of my blabbering. Please check it out, sign up (therengen.com) and get active in this ideal.

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