Telling time for slow communication

At this time of #remotelife when it appears all relationships are mitigated through screens, it feels appropriate to republish.

Slow Communication Manifesto

– Because communication technologies continue to supply more ways to rapidly connect people,

– Because the complexity, speed, and ubiquity of these tools are ever increasing,

– Because there exists in the culture a growing expectation for immediate responsiveness and always-connectedness,

– Because more and more of our memories and consciousness are becoming located outside our organic minds,

– Because expression and communication are becoming evermore predetermined by database fields, templates and standards,

– And because the defining lines between media receiver and producer are falling away…

We offer this Manifesto for Slow Communication.

This document is intended to serve as a guide for anyone who seeks insight and balance in their communication habits. With this manifesto we intend to:

+ Continually strive to improve our communication skill

+ Take pause and breath before responding to synchronous messages

+ Allow ourselves the freedom to respond to asynchronous messages in our own preferred time frame

+ Allow ourselves time to draft, re-draft, think and re-thing any communication before sending

+ Make efforts to understand inherent and apparent bias or judgment embedded in any message we send or receive

+ Continually observe our posture, expression, muscle tension, and breath while communication is taking place

+ Meet in person when possible and make eye contact during verbal communication

+ Engage in non database or template driven creative activity

+ Take short or long term breaks from any or all rapid communication

slow communication manifesto