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Technology was meant to connect us, but today, nearly half of Americans report feeling lonely. Research shows that when we connect offline, we feel better and live longer—yet the 21st Century is optimized for remote-control living that’s online and intermediated.

Let’s change the narrative. Join NEWaukee and author John Zeratsky for a series of events about how to get offline in an online world. To connect with friends, neighbors, and communities. To make time for creative projects and rewarding hobbies. To contribute to your world, enjoy the movement of time, and learn to create space for rest and reflection.

Each event will blend interviews, talks, and interactive activities to create a unique offline experience. You’ll leave with new perspectives and concrete ideas for staying sane, rooted, and focused in a world that’s more distracting than ever.

April’s event is about being present, setting intentions and connecting with people in person. Our featured guest will be Jackie Colburn of The Analog Project. Having spent over a decade leading the creation of digital experiences, Jackie has seen first-hand the ways that technology can push people apart rather than bring them together. In addition to her perspective on technology, Jackie will share tips and tools from The Analog Project to be more present and connect offline.

Event Timeline:

5:00PM | Attendee check in, networking
5:25PM | Welcome by Advocate Aurora Health Care
5:30PM | Introduction, presentation, and activity by John Zeratsky
6:00PM | Interview with Jackie Colburn, Q/A
6:30PM | Event ends

Complimentary beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages available while they last. No food will be served.

About Jackie Colburn:

Jackie has been leading the creation of digital experiences for over a decade; everything from emerging startups to critical strategic efforts for fortune 50 businesses.  She has proven that openness and optimism accelerate our collective potential to make great things happen, and through her work has found a formula for bringing that potential to life – Design Sprints.

Through her own version of a Design Sprint, Jackie helps teams create the conditions to co-create future solutions. Jackie thrives when the problem is hard and the team is ready to make a change but doesn’t quite know what to do, or how.

Jackie spent 6 years in client leadership and strategy at GoKart Labs, where she led clients and teams in developing new business ideas and bringing them to market. She worked with clients such as Target, Financial Engines and Spring Lake Park School District. She is passionate about designing products and services that improve people’s lives. She believes that technology has the potential to make us all better and is a tool that should be used for good.”


A Note from the NEWaukee Team on COVID-19:

“The NEWaukee team is closely monitoring news and guidelines regarding the coronavirus. We will communicate with registered attendees via email if any changes to event plans are made.

If you are feeling ill or experiencing any symptoms, we politely request that you do not attend this event. If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, we also suggest that you refrain from attending our events at this time.

Additionally, we ask that all attendees abstain from handshakes/hug greetings as a precautionary measure at this time. 

Please help us all stay healthy by taking everyday actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.”