In this episode, we speak with the award-winning experience designer and researcher, Jay Vidyarthi. He guides teams through a human-centered approach to creating useful products, systems, and services. His focus on meaningful work has led to a strong and diverse portfolio with notable projects promoting mindfulness and improving healthcare.
Forbes recently named Jay in a list of “10 world renowned meditation tech experts.” He used a lean, iterative process to design Muse: the brain sensing headband, a successful consumer product experience which gives you feedback on your brain while you meditate. His related academic work on a persuasive technology for mindfulness called Sonic Cradle has been published and well-cited in the literature on human-computer interaction.
Jay also helped launch A Mindful Society, a Toronto conference which attracts 500+ mindful leaders in healthcare, education, business and government every year. Jay leads a unique design thinking approach to co-create each event directly with the audience.
What you will learn in this episode
- Some of the issues with the technology and mindfulness industry
- Mindfulness and the role of the attention economy
- How our environment and institutions influence the technologies we create
- Why your workplace and your designs should align with your values
- Is technology’s role, ultimately, to disappear?
- Why mindfulness is a form of personal activism in the Attention Economy
Resources mentioned in the show
- Interaxon / Muse
- Sonic Cradle
- The Attention Merchants
- Tristan Harris
- The Stanford Prison Experiment
- Judson Brewer
- Mindfulness Nation UK
- Jay Vidyarthi