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Commentary Series: Labun Jordan: Not Rocket Science
Monday, 04/08/13
By Helen Labun Jordan
A recent obituary of a prominent scientist has caused a lot of controversy, and caused Helen Labun Jordan to wonder about how we value the contributions of accomplished people.
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Commentary Series: Labun Jordan: Collective Culture
Wednesday, 03/13/13
By Helen Labun Jordan
Helen Labun Jordan recalls that when she was a kid, everyone had the same short list of radio stations to listen to, and watched the three TV networks, or PBS, in prime time. Now, there are limitless choices - and some people are wondering whether that's the end of shared popular culture.
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Commentary Series: Labun Jordan: Old School
Wednesday, 01/23/13
By Helen Labun Jordan
New technologies are replacing some basic skills, like how to use a fax machine or keep a record player from skipping. As Helen Labun Jordan watches her ability to do things like write cursive fall out of fashion, she's also noticing how these changes force us to re-examine what underlying value old skills might have.
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Commentary Series: Labun Jordan: Printing Food
Friday, 11/09/12
By Helen Labun Jordan
Helen Labun Jordan has gotten used to ideas that are more about the future than the past. And lately, she's been contemplating the future of cooking, and what new technologies may soon be arriving in our kitchens.
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Commentary Series: Labun Jordan: An End To Hunger
Monday, 09/24/12
By Helen Labun Jordan
Helen Labun Jordan is a board member of the Vermont Foodbank. And she'd like to see more understanding that hunger is a problem in Vermont - one that we should be addressing far more aggressively.
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Commentary Series: Labun Jordan: Rules Of Reading
Tuesday, 09/04/12
By Helen Labun Jordan
In her work at e-Vermont, Helen Labun Jordan reads and writes quite a bit, but recently she decided to pursue a writing degree - and while she's enjoying the experience, it's made her start to wonder about the future of hobbies.
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Commentary Series: Jordan: Stupid Questions
Monday, 07/23/12
By Helen Labun Jordan
Helen Labun Jordan has learned - and taught - many new online tools. Along the way she's realized that the way we learn is fundamentally shifting.
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Commentary Series: Labun Jordan: Limits of Imagination
Tuesday, 05/15/12
By Helen Labun Jordan
It's an old saying that we're limited only by our imaginations... and maybe it isn't exactly accurate. But Helen Labun Jordan has started to look at that possibility from a new perspective.
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Commentary Series: Labun Jordan: A Beginner-Friendly Web
Monday, 03/26/12
By Helen Labun Jordan
Everyone who uses the Internet has their pet peeves about websites - like graphics that don't work on slow connections, or text that gets jumbled if you use the wrong browser. Helen Labun Jordan thinks it's time to take these grievances more seriously.
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Commentary Series: Labun Jordan: Cyber Love
Tuesday, 02/14/12
By Helen Labun Jordan
When social networks are something you have online, and side-by-side texting replaces conversation, it seems as if there’s little hope for personal communications in the modern age. But Commentator Helen Labun Jordan has a more optimistic perspective.
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Commentary Series: Jordan: Digital Resolution
Friday, 01/06/12
By Helen Labun Jordan
Commentator Helen Labun Jordan spent 2011 working on digital literacy with the e-Vermont Community Broadband Project - and that's shaped some of her expectations for the year to come.
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Commentary Series: Labun Jordan: Food Culture
Friday, 11/25/11
By Helen Labun Jordan
‘Tis the season when we Americans talk a lot about our food traditions, but commentator Helen Labun Jordan thinks that we're too quick to ignore the food traditions and culture that we enjoy throughout the year.
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Commentary Series: Labun Jordan: Virtual VIP
Thursday, 10/13/11
By Helen Labun Jordan
As Vermont polished up its Norman Rockwell image for the foliage season, commentator Helen Labun Jordan started thinking about how an economy built on personal attention in a small town will fare in the digital age, when everything we want seems to be one click or screen tap away.
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Commentary Series: Labun Jordan: Flood Loss
Wednesday, 08/31/11
By Helen Labun Jordan
In the midst of news reports on the hardest hit regions post-Irene, Commentator Helen Labun Jordan is thinking of the most common flooding experience; the loss of personal property that held sentimental, not monetary, value.
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Commentary Series: Labun Jordan: Innovation Cultivation
Wednesday, 08/10/11
By Helen Labun Jordan
As Vermont works to cultivate creative capital, commentator Helen Labun Jordan has a simple suggestion for how we can encourage the innovator in all of us.
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Commentary Series: Labun Jordan: On MicroBlogging
Thursday, 07/07/11
By Helen Labun Jordan
We talk about social media in big numbers - 100 billion dollars projected for Facebook’s IPO or how many millions of viewers an amateur video receives. But commentator Helen Labun Jordan believes it’s also time to think small.
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Commentary Series: Labun Jordan: Learning The Web
Tuesday, 06/07/11
By Helen Labun Jordan
Commentator Helen Labun Jordan is looking back on the dawn of the Internet age and realizing both how far we’ve come and how many people we may be leaving behind.
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Commentary Series: Labun Jordan: When I Am 30
Wednesday, 05/11/11
By Helen Labun Jordan
As digital media expands faster than we can absorb the information, commentator Helen Labun Jordan is thinking about what future value we might find in the apparently trivial details this information provides..
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Commentary Series: Labun Jordan: Technological Diversity
Monday, 10/04/10
By Helen Labun Jordan
Commentator Helen Labun Jordan is far from being a techie... but she's noticed that the most recent wave of technical innovations are bridging the gap between the tech savvy and people like her.
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Commentary Series: Ready for the Fair
Tuesday, 08/05/08
By Helen Labun Jordan
Commentator Helen Labun Jordan is getting ready for the Fair in a big way this year - and looking forward to having some Big Fun.
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Commentary Series: Turning Points
Thursday, 06/19/08
By Helen Labun Jordan
Continuing our "Turning Point" sampler of essays recorded at this year's Commentators' Brunch, commentator Helen Labun Jordan has some thoughts about the passage of various childhood friends into adulthood.
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Commentary Series: Diet
Monday, 02/11/08
By Helen Labun Jordan
Commentator Helen Labun Jordan works for Vermont's Agency of Agriculture. And as Americans think about ways to take on our rising obesity epidemic, she's decided to put to the test the overlap between health advice and the local foods movement.
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Commentary Series: Designated Shopper
Thursday, 12/20/07
By Helen Labun Jordan
Commentator Helen Labun Jordan is a marketing specialist for the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, and she's finding that her knowledge of local products is coming in very handy this year.
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Commentary Series: Localvore lessons
Tuesday, 09/12/06
Many Vermonters accepted the challenge to spend the month of August eating meals made with food from within 100 miles of home. Commentator Helen Labun Jordan was among them, and now she's digesting the lessons she learned - as a localvore.
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