While hitting the reset button has merit,
we may need to reset our view of what reset means.
Will the reset, in this case,
mean a complete redesign of societal institutions?
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Bob Dylan’s prescient words (recorded in 1963; released in 1964) included:
“…And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin‘”
Every week I end my blog post with the suggestion to “Make it a great week and HTRB has needed.” A reminder to stop, pause, and recalibrate your journey.
I first introduced the HTRB (Hit The Reset Button) concept on this blog in October of 2011. A student of mine that semester inspired the writing.
Fast forward almost nine years, and our world finds us in situations unimagined just a few months ago. From a world-wide pandemic to global demonstrations and protests, we live in a time that seems to have turned all that was “normal routine” on its head. And with each passing day, we understand changes will come our way that end “the way we used to do things around here.”
While hitting the reset button has merit, we may need to reset our view of what reset means.
For instance, the local coffee shop I visit used to have straws, stirrers, napkins, and sugar packets sitting by the coffee spigots. Today all of those items are behind the counter and have to be handed to each customer by a cashier. As this business has reopened (reset for customers to come into the building), the straws et. al. will not move back to their previous locations. Reset in this instance means moving to a new position—a new normal as has become the go-to lingo. In the grand scheme of things, a tiny adjustment. Still, a reset of the reset.
Also consider things like: Will we go back to touch screens as we know them in public locations? Will our local grocery store chain reset to a time when plexiglass did not separate the customer from the cashier? Will we go back to handshakes when greeting people?
And look at the depth, scope, and magnitude of the “Black Lives Matter” demonstrations. Do you think our society (local and global) will go back (reset) to the day before the protests and move forward? Or do you think this reset will be a complete upheaval of what had been accepted and expected practices?
Will the reset, in this case, mean a complete redesign of societal institutions? In what ways will our interactions reset themselves? How will the nation reset? Where is the button located, who does the pushing, and what role do the rest of his have in the eventual resetting?
Make it a great week and HTRB has needed.
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And you can still order:
- My book, Community as a Safe Place to Land (2019), (print and e-book) is available on More information (including seven free podcast episodes that spotlight the seven core values highlighted in the book) at www.stevepiscitelli.com.
- Check out my book Stories about Teaching, Learning, and Resilience: No Need to be an Island (2017). It has been adopted for teaching, learning, and coaching purposes. I conducted (September 2019) a half-day workshop for a community college’s new faculty onboarding program using the scenarios in this book. Contact me if you and your team are interested in doing the same. The accompanying videos would serve to stimulate community-building conversations at the beginning of a meeting.
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