Join me at a weekend retreat by the sea this coming May!
I’m really pleased to have been invited to design and run “NOT a Digital Detox: How to feel better without logging off”, a chance to reflect on our online lives and our place in nature. It takes place at the wonderful Othona Community in West Dorset, UK over the weekend of Fri 11 May – Sun 13 May 2018. £140 for two nights full board. Bursaries available. See the website for full information.
I attended a retreat at Othona a couple of years ago and really enjoyed my stay there. It’s friendly, secluded, and just a short walk from the sea. It has a long tradition of being a contemplative space and is the perfect place to gather and think together about how to live with the digital today. Find out more about Othona.
This retreat also, it seems, mirrors the current zeitgeist! Some time after we had completed our planning, the New York Times ran a piece about the West Coast Esalen Community taking a similar approach. I’ve visited Esalen several times and always loved it, but it did occasionally come over as fairly anti-technology. However, it now has a new approach and is working directly with Silicon Valley to address the challenges of the digital life. The winds are changing, friends!
Please note that you will not be asked to leave your kit at home because this isn’t a detox. It’s more like a balancing.
I’d be very grateful if you would share this announcement with your friends and colleagues to help spread the word.
Check out these photos of Othona and read on for the Catalogue entry.
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Rescheduled from last week, this webinar will now take place on Wednesday 13th May 2015 at 17.30 GMT / 12:30pm EST
FREE TO ATTEND
I’m honoured to be invited to speak in the Fostering Connections with Nature webinar series organised by The Biophilic Cities Project. The project conducts research and policy work on biophilic cities, both domestically and internationally, by Professor Tim Beatley and his team at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Its principal aim is to advance the theory and practice of planning for biophilic cities, through a combination of collaborative research, dialogue and exchange, teaching.
Technobiophilia: soothing our connected minds and easing our wired lives
Wednesday May 13th 2015, 17.30 GMT / 12:30pm EST
In her 2013 book Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace, Sue Thomas interrogates the prevalence online of nature-derived metaphors, and comes to a surprising conclusion. The root of this trend, she believes, lies in biophilia, defined by E.O. Wilson as ‘the innate attraction to life and lifelike processes’. Working from the strong thread of biophilia which runs through our online lives, she expands Wilson’s definition to the ‘innate attraction to life and lifelike processes *as they appear in technology*’, a phenomenon she calls ‘technobiophilia’. Attention to technobiophilia and its application to urban design offers a way to make our digital lives integrated, healthy, and mindful. In this talk she outlines the key elements of the concept and shows how, even in an intensely digital culture, the restorative qualities of biophilia can alleviate mental fatigue and enhance our capacity for directed attention, thus soothing our connected minds and easing our wired lives. Continue reading RESCHEDULED: Webinar, Wed 13th May 2015: Technobiophilia – soothing our connected minds and easing our wired lives
I’ll be speaking at Brunel University on 17th June 2014 at the 2nd Joint Researching the Arts/Social Sciences Conference for Research Students, organised jointly by Brunel and the University of Westminster. It’s my first visit to Brunel and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s also a great chance to share some stories from my new book. I think it’s open to anyone so if you’re local why not enquire about coming along?
Technobiophilia: stories of nature in the wired world
‘Technobiophilia: nature and cyberspace’ (Bloomsbury 2013) is the result of an eight-year inquiry by Sue Thomas into the relationship between the internet and the natural world. It was a transdisciplinary journey which began with the very first days of ARPAnet, fell into biophilia, discovered environmental psychology, wandered through the Web, trod the hinterlands of Second Life, and paddled up the Twitter stream. On the way, she formulated new connections between disciplines and identified controversial insights into digital well-being.