HSM will be having a complimentary online seminar with MIT Professor Sherry Turkle on the impact of technology including social media on people’s social skills and interactions.
Speaker: Sherry Turkle
When: Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Time: 1:00–2:00 pm Eastern Time
Early Entrance Time: 15 min early. Attendees can access at 12:45 p.m. ET
Where: Your Computer
From Twitter to smart phones to robotic lovers, technology now truly promises to let us do anything, from anywhere, with anyone. But what do we really want from our technology?
MIT technology professor and society specialist Sherry Turkle will explore the effects of our always–on and always–on–us technologies. In our personal as well as professional environments, people readily admit that they would rather leave a voice mail or send an email than talk face–to–face. Some who say “I live my life on my BlackBerry” are forthright about avoiding the “real time” commitment of a phone call. Here, we use technologies to “dial down” human contact, to titrate its nature and extent. People are comforted by being in touch with a lot of people whom they also keep at bay. We have gotten into some patterns of communication with technology that are working to our detriment. Sometimes, we are too busy communicating to think, too busy communicating to create, too busy communicating to connect with each other in the ways that matter, particularly when we need to innovate, to come up with truly new ideas.
What you will learn:
In her book, “Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other,” (Basic Books, January 2011), Turkle demonstrates that relentless connection can lead to alienation and lack of productivity. As relationships with technology replace relationships with people, the result is the unsettling emotional dislocation of friends and colleagues, parents and children. Suggesting that people are being pushed closer to their machines and further way from each other, Turkle calls for us to relearn to use technology in a way that will work for us – not against us.
- An overview of the psychological aspects of the networked environment that inhibit innovation and productivity.
- Strategies for opening up the conversations that we have – to our detriment – closed off. For example, innovation requires time when we focus on the people we are with. Innovation requires time when we admit mistakes, something that people are notoriously unwilling to do online – for fear that they will leave an electronic trace of their vulnerabilities.
- Suggestions for how organizations can approach technology from the perspective of a “digital diet.” It is not a question of being “for or against,” but of thinking in terms of healthy choices for innovation and productivity. Innovation requires organizations to create “sacred spaces” for creativity.
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