Do you control your digital devices, or do they control you? From email to smart phones, social media to Google searches, digital technologies have transformed the way we learn, entertain ourselves, socialize, and work. Despite their usefulness, these technologies have often lead to information overload, stress, and distraction. In recent years many of us have begun to look at the pluses and minuses of our online lives and to ask how we might more skillfully use the tools we’ve developed.
In this conversation, David M. Levy—who has lived his life between the “fast world” of high tech and the “slow world” of contemplation—shares tools and insights for being more relaxed, attentive, emotionally balanced, and effective while online. You’ll leave with some simple strategies for opening up new avenues of self-inquiry and making meaningful, powerful changes.
David M. Levy, PhD is a professor in the Information School (or iSchool) at the University of Washington. He is a technologist by training (PhD from Stanford in 1979), but also has a diploma in calligraphy and bookbinding from the Roehampton Institute in London (1983). He was a researcher at Xerox PARC from 1984 to 1999 during which time he investigated the nature of documents, with a particular focus on the transition from paper to digital media. This work is available in a number of published articles and summarized in his book, Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age (Arcade, 2001).
He has taught at the University of Washington iSchool since 2001 where he has mainly been investigating the challenge of achieving contemplative balance–how as individuals and as a society we might live healthy, reflective, and productive life while participating in an accelerating, information-saturated culture. He is the author of Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives (Yale, 2016).
Sergio Rodriguez-Castillo is a full time professor in the Integral Counseling Psychology program at CIIS. He has more than twenty years of experience in the legal and consulting world, the public sector, and academia combined with solid international academic credentials: JD Magna Cum Laude from Queretaro’s State University in Mexico; LL.M. in International Economic Law from the University of Warwick, in the United Kingdom; certification in Leadership and Psycho-Spirituality by the Sadhana Institute in Lonavla, India; and M.A.’s in Integral Counseling and East-West Psychology by the California Institute of Integral Studies in the US .
Before deciding to focus on psychotherapy and consulting, he worked as an attorney specializing in Intellectual Property, Copyright and Information Technology, being one of the panelists appointed by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to decide on domain name disputes. His program Spirit@Work specializes in providing solutions in the areas of organizational culture, leadership, communications, mindfulness, work-life satisfaction, and meaning and purpose in the workplace. He has helped hundreds of individuals and organizations in the US and Latin America, teaching companies how to create an inspiring environment where employees can flourish as professionals and human beings, enabling them to contribute to their companies, their communities and the planet.