Buzzword Bingo: Attention

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Attention = Focusing consciousness and taking notice

Anyone can pay attention for an instant. But what does it take to pay attention over time?


Attention is the purest form of generosity
- Simone Weil

If you know what you're doing, you can do what you want.
- Moshe Feldenkrais

Pay attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.
- Susan Sontag

No, you do not have my full attention. I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try - but there's no requirement that I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention - you have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing.
- The Social Network

Attention is the taking possession by the mind, in clear and vivid form, of one out of what seem several simultaneously possible objects or trains of thought. Focalization, concentration, of consciousness are of its essence. It implies withdrawal from some things in order to deal effectively with others, and is a condition which has a real opposite in the confused, dazed, scatterbrained state which in French is called distraction, and Zerstreutheit in German.
- William James

Thank you for watching.
- Popular expression

Attention is scarce -- more valuable than cash and rarer than gold. When you get some, embrace it and find out how to get more.
- Chris Brogan and Julien Smith, Trust Economies




What is the value of attention?

Partial Attention


Don't take other people's attention for granted.


If you're not paying attention, you're probably missing out on something


Conversation is the New Attention

Recommended Listening

The gift of attention - Attention can be elusive. How does psychology and brain research of attention explain this?

Artwork / Cue Yourself

RoofDog: What is the value of attention?
All Travel is Local: Bring Presence = Trae tu Presencia
Increasing the Attention Span @ Ron Mader 2008

Buzzword Bingo

Attend - Attention - Awareness - Cassandra - Conscious - Decision - Detail - Engagement - Flow - Focus - Immediate Now - Interaction - Meaning - Memory - Mindfulness - Mindlessness - Moment - Opportunity - Perspective - POV - Responsibility - Search - Selective - Trust - Value - Variability

Antonyms: Misdirection