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Ben’s Friends Society Invites You to Celebrate Benjamin Franklin’s Birthday and

the Appointment of our New President, George C. Chryssis.


 “Building a Good Life in the Digital Age – Reflections from Ben Franklin & Other Great Thinkers” -

A Conversation with William Powers, author of Hamlet’s Blackberry, and the British Consul General, Dr. Phil Budden

Moderated by founder of Xconomy, William A. Ghormley


Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Pre-event tour of our historic 1908 Building

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.


Wine & light hors d’oeuvres

$10 suggested donation.


RSVP by January 18th, 2011

Nicole Spirito at nspirito@bfit.eduor call 617-423-4630 x163


Please use the College’s Berkeley Street entrance for the event, which will be held in

The Franklin Memorial Auditorium.


The nearest parking garage is the Atelier 505 Parking Garage at 505 Tremont Street or there is ample metered parking behind our building on Tremont Street.

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is the nation's only private, two-year urban college that offers a technical education for Associate’s Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, or certificates of proficiency.  Opened in 1908, located in Boston’s historic South End, the College owes its existence to a bequest by Benjamin Franklin.  Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is committed to access and opportunity for all students, and provides exceptional academic support and advising to help students reach their goals, as well asproviding students with the technical and professional skills that will create a foundation for success, civic responsibility, and life-long learning, thus adhering to the principles put forth by our benefactor, Benjamin Franklin.




About Hamlet’s Blackberry


At a time when we’re all trying to make sense of our relentlessly connected lives, Powers’ revelatory book presents a bold new approach to the digital age. Our computers and mobile devices do wonderful things for us, but they also impose an enormous burden, making it harder for us to focus, do our best work, build strong relationships, and find the depth and fulfillment we crave.  Using his own life as laboratory and object lesson, and drawing on such great thinkers as Plato, Shakespeare, Thoreau, and Franklin, Powers shows that digital connectedness serves us best when it’s balanced by its opposite, disconnectedness. 


About Our Presenters


William Powers is the author of the New York Times best-seller, Hamlet’s BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age.  A former staff writer forThe Washington Post, he has written about media, technology and other subjects for a wide variety of publications includingThe Atlantic, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times andThe Guardian. He is a two-time winner of the National Press Club’s Rowse Award for best American media commentary, and appears frequently on television and radio. The bookgrew out of research he did as a fellow at Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center.  He lives on Cape Cod with his wife, author Martha Sherrill, and their son. 


Dr. Phil Budden currently serves as HM British Consul General in Boston, charged with strengthening relationships across New England's vast innovation ecosystem.  The British Consulate was profiled on the front page of The Boston Globe in 2009 for its presence amid the ‘hub of innovation’ in Cambridge, MA., and its status as a ‘leading-edge outpost,’ with its focus on science, technology, trade, and investment.   The Consul received his D. Phil in contemporary history and international political economy from Oxford University (Lincoln College), an MA in American history and government from Cornell University, and his BA/MA in British and European history from Oxford University.  He married his wife Deborah on Cape Cod in 1992. They escape there whenever they can.


William A. Ghormley (moderator) is part of the “founding team” at Xconomy and serves as its Senior Vice President of Business Development. Xconomy’s goal is to become the authoritative voice on the exponential economy, the realm of business and innovation characterized by exponential technological growth and responsible for an increasing share of productivity and overall economic growth. Through a unique global network of localized blogs, events, conferences, and other initiatives, Xconomy provides business and technology leaders with close-to-the-scene information about the local personalities, companies, and technological trends that best exemplify today’s high-tech economy.  Bill is involved with a number of non-profits that include The Congregational Library and American Congregational Association, Family Service of Greater Boston, The Massachusetts 9-11 Fund, The Old South Church of Boston, and is now a new member of the Board at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Bill studied at Stanford University, Boston College, and Dartmouth’s Tuck School. He is married to Ann, and lives in Boston's Back Bay.  They have two children, Elizabeth and David. 

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