Wellness in a Networked World: Pioneering Ideas Podcast Episode 8
Mar 16, 2015, 10:28 AM, Posted by Lori Melichar
RWJF’s Pioneering Ideas Podcast explores cutting-edge ideas with the potential to build a Culture of Health.
I’m speaking at SXSW this week, the annual festival in Austin, Texas, that brings together creative people from a range of fields to share ideas, many of them related to technical innovation. As I mingle with these innovators, it feels appropriate to be sharing the latest episode of our podcast, which explores how technology can promote well-being by connecting us to our essential self, what our knowledge of social relationships—and social media—can mean for how we design our communities, and how institutions can create organizational cultures where health and socially conscious innovation thrive.
I hope you’ll give it a listen, then join the conversation using the comments below or on Twitter at #RWJFPodcast. And if you’re also at SXSW and have ideas to share about building a Culture of Health, I hope you’ll reach out to me at @lorimelichar.
Here’s what you’ll find in this episode:
- The MIT Media Lab’s Wellness Initiative (3:56): RWJF chief technology and information officer, Steve Downs (@stephenjdowns), speaks with director and founder of the Affective Computing Research Group at the MIT Media Lab, Rosalind Picard (@rosalindpicard). Steve and Rosalind discuss how, through a grant from RWJF, the Media Lab is working to build a Culture of Health within its own walls and exploring the ways in which cutting-edge technologies in all aspects of our lives can be designed to promote better health.
- Social Connections for Better Health (21:22): RWJF grantees Nicholas Christakis (@nachristakis), the author of Connected: The Surprising Power of Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, and Eric Klinenberg (@ericklinenberg), the author of Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, meet for the first time and have a wide-ranging conversation about the role of social relationships in understanding our well-being ... and how we can use this information to design a healthier world.
- A Conversation with RWJF’s Entrepreneur-In-Residence Susannah Fox (46:12): I sit down with RWJF entrepreneur-in-residence Susannah Fox (@susannahfox) to discuss how big organizations like the Foundation should explore innovation and do more listening on the path to build a Culture of Health.
- Personal Essay from Linda Stone: How Can Technology Connect Us to Who We Really Are? (54:45): Visionary writer and speaker Linda Stone (@lindastone), formerly of Apple and Microsoft, shares her approach to personal well-being, one where we “harness technology to help us listen to our bodies and not just our minds,” and using technology to measure what really matters.
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