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What is technology?
How do humans flourish?
What is the relationship between technology and human flourishing?
Our current historical moment demands the very best from us individually and collectively precisely because technology is accelerating our cultural rhythms, disrupting our social systems, and amplifying our impact on ourselves, each other, and the world around us.
New insights from the science of wellbeing offer a framework for guiding our efforts in utilizing existing tech, designing and creating new tech, and finding the balance between living fully plugged-in and/or radically tech-free.
Enhancing technology as a force for positive individual and collective development necessitates investigating the nature of technology, assessing how it impacts our wellbeing, and deploying it with the proactive intention for enhancing human flourishing. Without this, the risks associated with unexamined usage of technology increase exponentially. Alternatively, thoughtful exploration emerges the possibility of technology as a prime driver of human flourishing on a mass scale.
Aneel Chima, Ph.D., is the associate director of the Division of Health and Human Performance at the Stanford University School of Medicine where co-founded and leads the Wellness Education Program (WellnessEd) and the Initiative on Flourishing Innovation (I-FLI) and where he also heads the Stanford Leadership Institute and the Leadership Innovations Program. The questions animating his teaching, research, and social impact work are: What is the future of human flourishing in a hyper-complex, ever-accelerating cultural context where technology is ubiquitous? How do we practice flourishing authentically, propagate it effectively, and create vibrant, inclusive communities that ignite it?
Outside of professional endeavors, Aneel is passionate about using psychological insights to affect sustainable social change.
Upon completion of his doctorate, Aneel was administrative and teaching fellow in the Stanford University Wellness Education Project and WellnessEd. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and a B.A., with honors, in consciousness studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He lives in Palo Alto, CA, which joyfully affords him access to the many beautiful hiking trails of the Santa Cruz Mountains and a year-around bounty of fresh farmers' market produce to fuel his (sometimes successful) culinary experimentation.
6:30: Check in, snacks, meet awesome humans
6:45: Introduction, structured mingling
7:00: Aneel Chima
8:00: Breakout Discussions
9:00: Mingling, snacks, meet awesome humans
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