Everything we know, our strongly held beliefs, and, in some cases, even what we consider to be “factual,” creates the lens through which we see and experience the world, and can contribute to a critical, reactive orientation. This can serve us well: Fire is hot; it can burn if touched. It can also compromise our ability to observe and to think in an expansive, generative way.
With a musical instrument, it’s awkward at first. All thumbs. Uncomfortable. Noise. With practice, musician becomes self-contained vs. consumed by the instrument; co-creating music. So it will be with personal technology. Now, a prosthetic of mind, it will become a prosthetic of being. A violinist with a violin. Us with our gadgets, embodied, attending as we choose.
The bright side of video games: engagement, positive emotion, accomplishment…
TEDxMidwest, October 14-15, 2010: An exciting event for Chicago!
Following a discussion at SciFoo 2010: Talking about Childhood Play Patterns….
Today, we are Knowledge Workers evolving into Understanding Workers. Understanding Workers use technology to anticipate, judge and act. Think about it. This is what we’re doing with FitBit, Quantified Self, 23andMe.com, Facebook, and so many other technologies of this era.
The iPad is the iPod of reading. The world around you disappears when you engage with it.
Personal technologies today are prosthetics for our minds. Our opportunity is to create personal technologies that are prosthetics for our beings. Conscious computing is post-productivity, post-communication era computing. Personal technologies that enhance our lives. Personal technologies that are prosthetics of our full human potential.
Intention happens in the present. Goals are about the future. Where does behavior change? In the present.
Sara Winge and Tim O’Reilly, thank you!
How does an intention form and gather energy? Is a goal an intention without the passion? Is a goal from the mind only and an intention from our entire being? For you, talk to me about intentions — what they are, how they form and gather energy… Thank you.
One of my favorite 8 year olds can’t get enough of his Wii. I enjoy this child and hung out with him recently while he played his favorite video game. He was hunched over on the sofa and I promise you, his breathing was undetectable. With some coaxing, he moved to a wooden chair. ForContinue reading “Kids, Video Games, Posture & Breathing”
Today, I don’t own an iPad. Last week, I had no intention of buying one anytime soon. The Wall Street Journal, All Things Digital, D8 Conference, has seriously cracked my resolve. Lisa Gold, showed me her iPad a few weeks ago, and talked about her experience with the iPad: “When I use it, I don’tContinue reading “The Sunset of the PC?”
Are We at War with Technology, considers the relationship between the WHAT (technology), the HOW (how we’re using it) and the human (us).
I was surprised when a couple of Highly Regarded Silicon Valley folks, canceled a leadership themed dinner due to lack of interest. Is this an interesting topic to the current generation of CEO’s and senior executives — especially those under 40? I asked a serial entrepreneur, CEO friend of mine: “Not so much,” wasContinue reading “Parenting and Managing; Evolving Practices”
In a provocative video, Michael Cartier offers a snapshot of four possible worlds in which we may choose to live.
A few weeks ago, when I checked my inbox, there was an email from Lianne Raymond. Her request: I am asking you, as one of the women I look to for thought leadership, to contribute your idea of “what is dying to be born” in the world right now- maybe it is already inContinue reading “What is Dying to be Born?”
I’ll be writing a series of posts on something that is troubling me — our personal and collective dialog about health. We seem to be using the language of war, and our greatest opportunity is to seek peace. We speak passionately about what we don’t want, and the joy is in the aspiration,Continue reading “Mind & Body, War & Peace”
FIRST stands for: For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology. By 1992, Dean Kamen was becoming increasingly concerned about our ability to effectively compete in business given our declining ability to educate students in science and technology. Kamen and his friend, Dr. Woodie Flowers, had a wild idea: create a competition–now a “coopertition”–where teams ofContinue reading “FIRST + Dean Kamen = Inspiration”
The Internet stole my body, now a lifeless form hunched in front of a glowing screen. My senses dulled as my greedy mind became one with the global brain we call the Internet.
When Jack Hidary told me about National Lab Day, I got chills. The tag line for National Lab Day is: A National Barn-Raising for Hands-On Learning. Using the internet and social computing technologies, with the support of the White House and the business and scientific communities, National Lab Day reaches out to the education community, providing a toolContinue reading “National Lab Day: Creating a National Learning Community”
The book that had the most impact on my thinking in 2009, was: Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul, by Stuart Brown and Christopher Vaughan. It inspired me to chat with Nobel Laureates, last June, at a gathering in Sweden, about their play patterns as children. WhenContinue reading “Finding Ourselves Through Play”
The challenge is, most of us, especially the brainy future thinking high tech types, tend to favor the inclinations of the mind. The mind, for many of us, is often tyrannical towards the body. “Just stay up 3 more hours. One more all-nighter. A Red Bull or two and I’ll meet this deadline! No walk until this paper is done…”
In ZG Mapping, one of the patterns that emerges suggests that as technology becomes closer and closer to us, we are less able to manage privacy at each advancing layer. Today, through social networks, sensors, geo-location software, personal DNA testing, quantified self technologies and more, highly personal, private and intimate information about us and ourContinue reading “Why Managing Vulnerability and Reputation is More Important than Ever Before”
Distraction and procrastination come in a variety of flavors. I’ve noticed that when I’m “distracted,” and I walk over and stare out the window, it’s a very different experience than when I feed the distraction by cramming in a few emails or make a phone call. How often do you let your mind wander? AreContinue reading “When Distraction is Good”
People often say we’re multi-tasking ourselves to death. What is it we’re doing and why has this become a passionate conversation? I call what we’re doing today continuous partial attention, or cpa, for short. In 1997, I created this meme to differentiate between simple and complex multi-tasking. The motivations and the effects of simple vs.Continue reading “ZG Maps and ZG Mapping”
A couple of weeks ago, I interviewed Rebecca, a 25 year old Yale graduate. We talked about the Era of Connection and the shift into the Era of Protection. “An important thing to understand,” Rebecca began, ” is that my parents and I have a very different views of protection. For my parents, protectionContinue reading “What is it to protect and feel protected? Boomers vs. Millenials”
In early 2007, at the suggestion of my M.D., I took a course in Buteyko breathing and incorporated it into my morning routine. I would get up, take a walk, do twenty minutes of Buteyko, then, sit down at my computer to work. Day one: Within the first few minutes of sitting down at myContinue reading “Diagnosis: Email Apnea”
What I call continuous partial attention is referred to as complex multi-tasking in cognitive science. Most of us don’t walk around distinguishing between simple and complex multi-tasking when we talk about our day: “I multi-tasked all afternoon and I’m exhausted.” “Yes, I multi-task when I drive.” “A good chef has to multi-task.” Were those examplesContinue reading “Beyond Simple Multi-Tasking: Continuous Partial Attention”
Posts on this site cover attention (yours, mine, ours), technology, health and trends (ZG Mapping – ZG for Zeitgeist and Mapping for Orienting). Readers of my work on Radar and on The Huffington Post may be familiar with some of the themes that I’ll tackle in the first few posts on this site. Your comments, questions, quotes,Continue reading “On http://www.lindastone.net”