MN Broadband Conference Special Session Announcement: Tom Friedman Book Club – Thank you for being late

Pleased to announce one of those “special sessions” we’ve been promising as we move online for Broadband 2020: Connected We Stand, the fall broadband conference <drum roll please> an online book club to prepare us all for keynote speaker, Tom Friedman!

This will take place during the “middle weeks” we’ve saved for special events. The plan is to meet online at 10am on October 23 for a virtual Zoom discussion of Thank You for Being Late: An Optimists Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations by Tom Friedman, Minnesota’s own Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist and author.

The Blandin Foundation is partnering with Global Minnesota, who will be hosting this exclusive book club.  Mark Ritchie, currently of Global Minnesota and former Secretary of State, will be moderating the book club discussion.

The Financial Times has described Thank You for Being Late as a “field guide to the twenty-first century.” In this book, Minnesota’s native son makes the argument that “decency,” “community” and the “topsoil of trust” can be cultivated anywhere to anchor increasingly diverse and digital populations. Chock full of references to his childhood in St. Louis Park and Willmar, Thank You for Being Late is Friedman’s most ambitious book–and an essential guide to the present and the future.

Participation in the book club discussion is free, but registration is required. (Register online!) Even if you have registered for the Broadband conference, we ask you to register as well because Global Minnesota will be technically hosting as well as emceeing/moderating the event.

You can check out the book from your local library, or order it online.

If you haven’t registered for the free, fall broadband conference, Broadband 2020: Connected We Stand, you can do that online too!

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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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