TECHNOBIOPHILIA
how nature calms your wired life
Sue Thomas
www.suethomas.net
@suethomas
#technobiophilia
1 October 2013
C...
Metaphors of nature in cyberspace
Images (c) Carolyn Black 2013
Biophilia
The innate tendency to focus on life and lifelike
processes E.O. Wilson 1984
Do you use nature images as
screensavers or wallpapers?
Attention Restoration Theory (ART)
R&S Kaplan, The Experience of Nature, 1989
Nearby Nature Restorative Settings
• Being a...
How ART works in our connected lives
Being Away Extent
How ART works in our connected lives
Soft Fascination Compatibility
What you can do indoors
1. Pay attention to the
view from your
window
2. Use indoor plants to
your advantage
3. Connect wi...
What you can do outdoors
1. Go outside!
2. Create an outdoor
office
3. Grow stuff
4. Use your smartphone
to enhance your
o...
What you can do online
1. Visit a virtual world
2. Play a video game
3. Sample some next
nature
4. Add biophilic design to...
The tech industry needs
Biophilic Design
1. Pay attention to the biophilic needs of tech
workers
2. Apply biophilic princi...
And finally.... Silicon Beach?
Brand it technobiophilic!
Thank you
Sue Thomas
www.suethomas.net
@suethomas
#technobiophilia
1 October 2013
Cafe Scientifique
Bournemouth, UK
Technobiophilia: How nature calms your wired life. At Cafe Scientifique, Bournemouth, 1/10/13
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Why do we adorn our screens with pictures of forests, waterfalls, animals and beaches? Why are there so many nature metaphors in the language of the internet? The answer lies in biophilia, the innate human attraction to life and life-like processes. Sue Thomas believes that nature can soothe our connected minds and offer unexpected benefits – an improved attention span, a rested mind, and enhanced creativity. So there’s no need to choose between technology and well-being – we can have both! This talk is about the best way to make our digital lives integrated, healthy, and mindful.

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  1. 1. TECHNOBIOPHILIA how nature calms your wired life Sue Thomas www.suethomas.net @suethomas #technobiophilia 1 October 2013 Cafe Scientifique Bournemouth, UK
  2. 2. Metaphors of nature in cyberspace Images (c) Carolyn Black 2013
  3. 3. Biophilia The innate tendency to focus on life and lifelike processes E.O. Wilson 1984
  4. 4. Do you use nature images as screensavers or wallpapers?
  5. 5. Attention Restoration Theory (ART) R&S Kaplan, The Experience of Nature, 1989 Nearby Nature Restorative Settings • Being away - setting is physically or conceptually different from one’s usual environment • Extent - a setting sufficiently rich and coherent that it engages the mind and promotes exploration • Fascination (soft & hard) - content or mental processes that engage attention effortlessly & allow you to rest your mind. • Compatibility - good fit between your inclinations and the kinds of activities supported by the setting.
  6. 6. How ART works in our connected lives Being Away Extent
  7. 7. How ART works in our connected lives Soft Fascination Compatibility
  8. 8. What you can do indoors 1. Pay attention to the view from your window 2. Use indoor plants to your advantage 3. Connect with animals 4. Treat yourself to biophilic computer kit
  9. 9. What you can do outdoors 1. Go outside! 2. Create an outdoor office 3. Grow stuff 4. Use your smartphone to enhance your outdoor experience
  10. 10. What you can do online 1. Visit a virtual world 2. Play a video game 3. Sample some next nature 4. Add biophilic design to your online spaces
  11. 11. The tech industry needs Biophilic Design 1. Pay attention to the biophilic needs of tech workers 2. Apply biophilic principles to hardware & software design
  12. 12. And finally.... Silicon Beach? Brand it technobiophilic!
  13. 13. Thank you Sue Thomas www.suethomas.net @suethomas #technobiophilia 1 October 2013 Cafe Scientifique Bournemouth, UK

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