In our constantly connected world, we can align technology with our humanity to be more focused and mindful, not fractured and distracted
[Lawrence has] this rare combination of insight, expertise, humility and compassion that, in my mind, makes him truly remarkable and an inspirationNathalie NahaiWeb Psychologist, Speaker and Author
I continue to enjoy Lawrence Ampofo’s Digital Mindfulness Show which always features fascinating interviews with individuals with inspiring stories to share. As someone who teaches Digital Mindfulness skills to corporate clients, I love keeping up to date with Lawrence’s show and it was an honour to be featured on it. Lawrence is a skilled interviewer with a profound knowledge of his subject, a genuine curiosity in learning more, and an abundance of effortless charmNeil SeligmanDirector & Founder, The Conscious Professional
Lawrence’s talk...was a true delight. Thoughtful and insightful, it clarified what most of today’s overloaded users would figure out if only they weren’t so overloaded to begin with: that the “Appification of our lives” has reached absurd levels, leaving us without the mental bandwidth to design our technology and our lives for more mindfulness, more humanity, and more attention to what matters. I warmly recommend heeding Lawrence’s message, and applying the insight he shares freely on the Digital Mindfulness site.Dr. Nathan ZeldesProductivity Consultant & co-Founder of the Information Overload Research Group
Information Overload & Digital Mindfulness
The introduction of new communications and information media – the book, the television, the radio, the personal computer, are always joined with concerns about managing the increasing flow of information. Now, our always-on digital culture provides us with more information than we can handle but how do deal with the businesses and human costs of this data deluge?
In this talk, Lawrence talks about the importance of adopting a digitally mindful approach to information overload. Drawing on the latest technological trends and, history, biography, psychology and neuroscience, he shows why digital mindfulness helps organisations and digital professionals to get more done, forge stronger relationships and create better products that actually help people’s lives. Learning to be digitally mindful could be the most important lifehack we adopt.
Focus, High Performance & Digital Mindfulness in an Age of Distraction
In this age of constant connectivity and digital distraction, the ability to focus our attention, maintain high performance both in our work and our personal lives, and the ability to be productive amidst the deluge of notifications, reminders and noise is essential for successful businesses and digital professionals.
Key Points Discussed
- How digital distraction impacts your workplace performance and the quality of your personal life
- Harnessing your focus for enhanced productivity and leadership
- Strategies to improve productivity, creativity, and focus
- Creating a digitally mindful workplace
The race for attention has led digital technologies to focus on information that is shareable, emotive and immediate. We live in a post-truth where the pace of advances in digital technologies outstrip our ability to master them. The gap in digital skills costs economies billions of dollars per year in lost income and productivity, while mastering new tools and techniques can make some people feel that it is a moving target. Even though younger people may have better technical skills, they are not necessarily backed up with the critical or cognitive skills to use them effectively for work. Advanced digital literacy skills that incorporate cognitive, critical, social, creative and innovation skills are essential to lead successful organisations and teams.
Key Points Discussed:
- Digital Literacy for business leadership
- Digital literacy for team leadership
- Staying digitally literate in a shifting digital ecosystem
- Strategies for digital literacy and leadership
Technology and Work/Life Balance
Smartphones, email, social networking and other digital technologies are fundamentally changing our relationship with work. They enable us to be constantly connected and work wherever we want but digital technologies do affect our work-life balance. We all switch between multiple roles daily and these switches can be very rapid – one minute we will be checking in with our friends on Facebook, then we switch to work email, then to Twitter, then to meetings. In this talk, Lawrence shows how our always-on culture, in which people expect instant responses, can bring stresses, and what we can do to overcome them to become better professionals and build better businesses.
Key Points Discussed:
- How digital technologies impact our work – life balance
- Workplace strategies on switching between work / life roles
- Using Artificial Intelligence and machine learning to manage information overload
- Setting work / family boundaries in the digital age
- Wearables and personal informatics for behavioural change
The Role of Robots, Automation and Humans
As technology continues to evolve, the concern over jobs continues to grow. Robots and automation are predicted to take over millions of jobs in the coming years so where does that leave us? Will new jobs be created or will we all be unemployed? More importantly what should we be doing to prepare for this kind of a world and what will the impact be on how we work and even how we live? In this keynote Jacob will present several perspectives on the robot and automation debate to help attendees make up their own minds about what the future looks like.
Key Points Discussed
- The Elimination of Jobs
- Skills for the coming jobs market
- Automation versus humans
- Using technology and data to become our best selves
Digital Media for Behavioural Design
Social media and other digital media actively influence and change human behaviour, in ways that affect the quality of our lives, the effectiveness of our organisations, and the way people relate to brands. Understanding how this happens helps professionals to create engaging campaigns, build stronger relationships and create online influence that captivates audiences.
Key points discussed:
- How digital technologies shape our behaviours and influence people
- The psychological and neurological cues that spur behaviour
- Designing mobile and social media campaigns for behaviour change and influence
- Using psychology and behaviour design to influence online behaviour