LISTEN TO THE PODCAST ‘Find Your Tech-Nature Balance’
In May this year, Lisette Sutherland asked to interview me for her website Collaboration Superpowers. Lisette and her colleagues run workshops and offer advice on how to be location independent; how to feel comfortable working from anywhere and, importantly, how to build camaraderie on your remote team. Their podcasts tell the stories of remote teams and how they work together online.
The people who listen and contribute to this great series of podcasts work in all kinds of situations – home alone, moving around nomadically in different places and countries, or in collaborative workplaces. What they all have in common is the flexibility to design and create their own workspace and lifestyle, and that is where technobiophilia comes in.
When you work online for many hours a day, it’s easy to get stuck sitting indoors at a desk, but it doesn’t have to be like that. In this podcast, Lisette and I discuss ways to bring your digital life closer to nature, and talk about the practical tips in my new Kindle book ‘Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age’ (which now, by the way, has a new and rather lovely cover photo. I took it myself on a beach in Dorset, close to my home.)
I hope you enjoy our conversation!
Amazon’s latest clever idea is the Instant Preview. It lets you dip into a Kindle book without having to install a Reader.
I admit I’ve been surprised at how many of my friends and acquaintances don’t read Kindle books. I just assumed everyone did these days! Anyway, as a result I will be producing a print edition later this year, but for now, if you are un-Kindled, please enjoy this Instant Preview.
I’m excited to be invited as a Visiting Professor this May at James Cook University, Singapore. As part of my work there I will present a public lecture on Thursday, 7pm 18 May 2017. If you’re in Singapore then and would like to come along, please follow the link below to the University website.
Living well with nature in a wired world: an introduction to technobiophilia
Do you worry that wired life is taking you away from nature? You may be surprised to learn that you could be getting your daily dose of the natural world through your screensaver, or in virtual reality, or simply by ‘liking’ pictures of sunsets on Facebook. This talk explains the concept of biophilia, the deep genetic memory of our early evolution in the ancient wild, and introduces the concept of technobiophilia. Dr Thomas explains how our ancestral attraction to nature can soothe our connected lives and help us to feel better without logging off.