Time/Date: Thursday, E15-633, 4-5pm
Technology—at least in theory—is improving our productivity, efficiency, and communication. Yet the ubiquity of smartphones and Internet access also coincides with historically high levels of depression and life dissatisfaction. With an ever increasing rate of tech innovations hitting the market, researchers are turning attention to a crucial question: Will we continue to see declines in physical, emotional, and mental health due to our current ways of using technology or can we use new strategies to harness technology to improve our happiness and wellbeing? In this talk, Amy Blankson, one of the world's leading experts on happiness and technology, will explain how innovation can drive happiness and how happiness can drive innovation.
About the Speaker: Amy Blankson has become one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between positive psychology and technology. She is the only person to be named a Point of Light by two presidents (President George H. W. Bush and President Bill Clinton) for creating a movement to activate positive culture change. A sought-after speaker and consultant, Amy has now worked with organizations like Google, NASA, the US Army, and the Xprize Foundation to help foster a sense of well-being in the Digital Era. Amy received her BA from Harvard and MBA from Yale School of Management. Most recently, she was a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course. Amy is the author of two books: The Future of Happiness and an award-winning children’s book called Ripple’s Effect.