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Tune into the JOMO(cast) to join mindful tech leaders embracing the joy of missing out to thrive in a rapidly changing world, with host Christina Crook.

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    19: The Joy of Being Mindful, with Harvard's Dr. Ellen Langer

    19: The Joy of Being Mindful, with Harvard's Dr. Ellen Langer

    Dr. Ellen Langer, a social psychology professor at Harvard University, is widely considered the “mother of mindfulness”, researching the topic since the 70’s. 
     
    She has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest, the Liberty Science Center Genius Award, the Distinguished Contributions of Basic Science to Applied Psychology award from the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology, the James McKeen Cattel Award, and the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize.
     
    She’s the author of the book that arguably introduced the concept of mindfulness to the public consciousness, Mindfulness, now in its 25th-anniversary edition. In this episode Dr. Langer shares what mindfulness really is, how we can get there, and how it can help us get through this and every moment with more joy.
      Key Takeaways What mindfulness really is (hint: it’s not a practice or an activity, it’s a state) How mindfulness and its attendant benefits to well-being all connect to the ability to exist in the present How stress, mood, and life satisfaction are entirely the result of our personal interpretation of experience How to enter a state of mindfulness, and condition ourselves to live that way (and why it’s one of the healthiest things we can do)   Favorite Quotes  
    “All we have is moments. All of our stress is based on the future.”
     
    “Hoping for something has built into it the expectation that it is unlikely.”
     
    “If we just make the moment better, everything will fall into place for us.”
     
    “Information changes depending on context”
     
    “Events don’t cause stress. What causes stress are the views we take of events.”
     
    “When you’re mindful, you’re averting the danger not yet arisen… you’re there so you can take advantage of opportunities to which you’d otherwise be blind.”
     
    “Mindfulness is not a practice. Mindfulness is actively noticing new things.” 
     
    “Most of the things we worry about are not worth the time.”
      Support  
    This podcast is made possible by you — our listeners all over the world — from Brazil to Australia, the USA to Singapore. Please support the JOMO(cast) for just $3 a month. Sign up at patreon.com/jomocast.
      Go Deeper  
    Sign Up for 7 Days of JOMO Quests, a free series of science-backed challenges to reclaim joy: experiencejomo.com/free-resources. Follow @experiencejomo on Instagram, Facebook + Twitter. 
      Resources  
    Homepage: www.ellenlanger.com
     
    Book: Mindfulness -- 25th Anniversary Edition
     
    Ellen speaks on the On Being podcast about mindlessness and mindfulness: link
     
    The Langer Mindfulness Institute
     
    Follow Ellen on Facebook and LinkedIn.

    • 51 min
    18: The Joy of Getting Real About Work, with David Heinemeier Hansson

    18: The Joy of Getting Real About Work, with David Heinemeier Hansson

    David Heinemeier Hansson is a leading mind in the tech world inspiring the world to reconsider it’s working relationship with, well, work.

    As the creator of the popular Ruby on Rails web development framework, co-founder & CTO at Basecamp -- a saner way to manage projects and communicate company-wide -- and bestselling author, along with Basecamp co-founder Jason Fried, of It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work, Rework (which is also the name of the Basecamp podcast) + Remote, a book arguing that the time is right for the expansion of remote work and how to navigate the pitfalls. Check out our interview with the one and only @DHH!
     
    Key Takeaways:
     
    - How allowing our expectations to continuously evolve and adapt is crucial to maintaining joy in an ever-changing reality

    - How creating healthy habits require self-reflection and honesty with ourselves about how “self-disciplined” and consistent we really can be, and why sometimes missing out is far easier than attempting to moderate

    - How healthier and more joyful patterns of life require us to fill the voids left when we miss out

    - How negotiating with competing demands of well-being, productivity, temptation, and “bad for you” things requires becoming okay with short-term inconsistency and imperfection
     
    - How our goals for well-being, balance, and self-actualization must always be based on a strong understanding and acceptance of who we really are, not an idealized version of ourselves
     

    Favorite Quotes

    “All deadlines are made up… and when the world changes, you can change your opinion too, about what that deadline means or whether it even makes sense.”
     
    “If you spend enough time on Twitter… especially if you spend enough time on Twitter arguing with strangers, you get to a place where… you just get angry.”
     
    “Paper for me has been the incarnation of the joy of missing out… I just sit down with that book.”
     
    “There are all these lessons that you cannot teach by words… they have to be taught by feelings, by experiences, by consequences.”



    Support

    This podcast is made possible by you — our listeners all over the world — from Brazil to Australia, the USA to Singapore. Please support the JOMO(cast) for just $3 a month. Sign up at patreon.com/jomocast.



    Go Deeper
     
    Sign Up for 7 Days of JOMO Quests, a free series of science-backed challenges to reclaim joy: experiencejomo.com/free-resources. Follow @experiencejomo on Instagram, Facebook + Twitter. 



    Resources

    - David on Twitter: @dhh
    - You can learn to code- yes, you: check out David’s community-friendly Ruby On Rails
    - Check out David’s books including Getting Real, Rework, Remote, and It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work

    • 1 hr 18 min
    17: What We Need to Do to Create a Better Internet, with Damian Bradfield

    17: What We Need to Do to Create a Better Internet, with Damian Bradfield

    Damian Bradfield, Chief Creative Officer at WeTransfer and Author of the Trust Manifesto, on what we need to reclaim to create a better Internet for all. 
     
    We’re at a very unusual moment in modern history, where a roughly equal number of generations alive today have either a lived experience of near-total personal privacy, and with it, great consumer power over the way they were marketed to- or a lived experience of nearly every experience, action, and statement being collected, analyzed, and sold as commodities by the entities selling us their goods, ideas, and policies, to the point that we can be offered something before we consciously know we want it. 
     
    How did that happen?
     
    Damian Bradfield is the Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder of WeTransfer and WePresent, the author of The Trust Manifesto, host of the Influence podcast, and the creator of Empty Day.
     
    Damian’s file-sharing company WeTransfer sends over 1.5 million files a day. In 2016, he moved from Amsterdam to California to set up WeTransfer's U.S. headquarters in Venice, Los Angeles, where he’s been instrumental in shaping the company's policy in support of the creative community.
     
    Damian is proud that companies like his recognize and value our rights to personal privacy and their responsibilities to their community- but he’s painfully aware, as a creator, consumer, and parent, that the landscape is anything but benevolent. Damian is a powerful amplifier of the responsibility of tech companies, in their roles as creators of some of the most powerful and influential presences in our lives, to not hurt us, not trick us, not manipulate us, and to own the staggering impact their products have on the very fabric of our societies.
     
    In his new book, The Trust Manifesto: What We Need To Do to Create a Better Internet, which I devoured, he describes the web as our new collective city and asks: are these the conditions we want to live under?
     
    Key takeaways from this conversation:
     
    - How our well-being depends on us cultivating much greater intentionality towards our tech use: when, where, how, and how much;
     
    - How online technology from social media to gaming to video streaming is deliberately designed to engage the addictive systems of the human mind to hijack our intentionality as consumers- and how we should rightly see this as unethical;
     
    - How convenience is packaged to create an attractive tradeoff for our privacy, autonomy, and personal data points;



    Favorite Quotes:
     
    “No matter what you can do with technology, no matter how much fun you can have with it, no matter how much you can consume or learn or discover or be entertained by, none of it is a replacement for physical connection.”
     
    “...what a lot of tech companies are producing is obsessive, compulsive, addictive pieces of software without really any concern or care for what it was going to do to people’s minds or emotional well-being.”



    Support
     
    This podcast is made possible by you — our listeners all over the world — from Brazil to Australia, the USA to Singapore. Please support the JOMO(cast) for just $3 a month. Sign up at patreon.com/jomocast. Thank you for supporting the content that supports you.


     
    Go Deeper 
     
    Sign Up for 7 Days of JOMO Quests, a free series of science-backed challenges to reclaim joy
    experiencejomo.com/free-resources 
     
    Follow @experiencejomo on Instagram, Facebook + Twitter

    • 43 min
    16: The Joy of Learning in Every Era, with Dr. Kate Tilleczek

    16: The Joy of Learning in Every Era, with Dr. Kate Tilleczek

    Canadian researcher Kate Tilleczek, Canada Research Chair on Youth, Education & Global Good, addresses the impact of online education on child development, during COVID-19 and beyond.


    Because of the COVID-19 epidemic, millions more children than ever are learning at home- and online. But the transition to increasingly digital and online environments for youth education was happening, and as usual, it happened with little pause to consider how much digital is a good thing, and how the personal and physical can find a balance with the remote and digital to best serve learning and well-being. 
     
    Dr. Tilleczek offers wise counsel to parents and educators everywhere: “With the pandemic, we really have a moment to reset, and see what makes the most sense for us as a society.”



    Key takeaways from this conversation:
     
    - How young people are processing their own immersion in digital channels of communication, socialization, and learning
     
    - How the social distancing-created explosion of remote learning has created an opportunity to observe the impact of the always-online life
     
    - The observed and measurable impact of globalized tech immersion in young people, including the decline of social skills and increased anxiety, isolation, and marginalization
     
    - How current research is exploring the rising self-awareness of the detrimental effects of tech overload across generations and finding solutions within that consciousness
     
    - The ways young people can, post- and mid-COVID, build balance and wellness into their digital-enabled lives



    Support
     
    This podcast is made possible by you — our listeners all over the world — from Brazil to Australia, the USA to Singapore. Please support the JOMO(cast) for just $3 a month. Sign up at patreon.com/jomocast. Thank you for supporting the content that supports you. 



    Go Deeper 
     
    Sign Up for 7 Days of JOMO Quests, a free series of science-backed challenges to reclaim joy
    experiencejomo.com/free-resources 
     
    Follow @experiencejomo on Instagram, Facebook + Twitter 



    Resources
     
    The references and ideas mentioned in this episode:
     
    Learn, contribute, and participate with the Young Lives Research Laboratory at York University
    Read Kate’s most recent book: Youth in the Digital Age: Paradox, Promise, Predicament (Youth, Young Adulthood and Society)
    Follow Young Lives Research Laboratory on Facebook
    Kate on Research Minute
    Kate recommends:
    The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power" by Shoshana Zuboff




    Favorite Quotes:
     
    “It says a lot to me about some of the limits that we’re reaching in technology when something so easy and simple [as handwritten letters to students] looks like a major breakthrough to people.”
     
    “Young people are suggesting to me that they want to reassess how technology is helping with… health, mental health, employment, environment, etc.”
     
    “With the pandemic, we really have a moment to reset, and see what makes the most sense for us as a society.”

    • 45 min
    15: Coming Closer in Crisis

    15: Coming Closer in Crisis

    Christina Crook on how Covid-19 has helped us leave the FOMO-fuelled Age of You behind. 



    Welcome to the Age of Us. In this episode, we explore the many ways the COVID-19 crisis can teach us about ourselves- and joy. Just as we’ve had to give up expectations for normalcy when this began, we will have the privilege of deciding what to take with us back into ‘normal life’ and what to leave behind.
     
    What are you discovering matters to you a lot more than you thought it did? 
    What do you barely miss at all? 
    How are you holding it together? 
    Can we finally move past FOMO? 
     
    Maybe we already have. 



    Key takeaways from this conversation:
     
    - How the end of the “decade of FOMO” bookends a crisis that’s making us take a hard look at what we really value
    - How we can show up for the responsibility of joy
    - How paying attention to what gives and takes joy in this difficult time can help us craft the best way to get through our days
    - How to come through this crisis with a better, clearer sense of what JOMO means



    Go Deeper 
     
    JOMO membership is a monthly tune-up for your digital life. JOMO(cast) host Christina Crook provides you with the inspiration, accountability, and practical tools to support your digital well-being. Visit patreon.com/experiencejomo
     
    Learn more about 100 Days of JOMO + Share Your Story
    experiencejomo.com/100-days-of-jomo
     
    Sign Up for 7 Days of JOMO Quests, a free series of science-backed challenges to reclaim joy
    experiencejomo.com/free-resources 



    Follow @experiencejomo on Instagram, Facebook + Twitter 



    Resources
     
    The references and ideas mentioned in this episode:
     
    - Age Of You from 2019-2020 exhibition at Toronto MOCA
    - Dr. Albert Borgmann on Taming Technology - An Interview
    - Dennis Miloseski
    - Shannon Vallor



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    • 18 min
    14: The Joy of Missing Out on Being An Internet Tycoon, with Glitch founder/CEO and JOMO creator Anil Dash

    14: The Joy of Missing Out on Being An Internet Tycoon, with Glitch founder/CEO and JOMO creator Anil Dash

    This episode has been a long time coming… but at the same time, I feel it’s happened exactly when it should.
     
    As we stand at the dawn of 2020, voices are being raised heralding the next decade as “the era of JOMO,” a decade of reassessing and renegotiating the excesses of social media, hyperconnection, and hustle of the past ten years. What was very recently regarded as fringe, unrealistic, or even ignorant criticism of the harm that a completely unconsidered shotgun wedding to technology might bring has begun to be seen as synonymous with wellness, and even human rights.
     
    It was early in that decade that Anil Dash, today the founder and CEO of modular app design startup Glitch, coined the term that brought both the title of my first book and all the work I’ve done in the years since into bright focus:
     
    JOMO. The Joy Of Missing Out.
     
    https://anildash.com/2012/07/19/jomo/
     
    Anil has gone from pioneer of the digital wilderness to townie of the now-ubiquitous web to ombudsman of the digital community with his company’s emphasis on accessible code for one and all. He’s seen the rise of the social media giants, the fall of the quirky, creative underground that defined the early online landscape, and the social and personal harm that has come from taking a wild west of free expression and participation to a labyrinth of gated communities locked down by unimaginably powerful entities with profit as their only motivating force.
     
    On today’s episode, Anil reflects on the past, present, and future of who we are when we’re with our tech, starting with the inception of that crazy little acronym -- JOMO.
     
    In this episode, we discuss:
     
    How the domination of the digital landscape by social media and marketing was neither a natural nor inevitable progression How Anil’s moments of unplugged silence have made him realize how missing out is its own reward The double-edged sword of fame, social influence, and self-censorship The ways mindful tech use can be harnessed for social good How the digital landscape can evolve in the coming decade to build community Why YOU have a part to play in helping individual voices reclaim the web  
    GO DEEPER
     
    Sign up + join the JOMO community at experiencejomo.com for gentle humor, powerful insights, and actionable tools to live joyfully in a digital age.
     
    Favorite Quotes
     
    “Everything is not just a blue box where you put all your photos and they do creepy things with your data. There’s got to be a better way to be online.”
     
    “We have tools that are designed to keep us at a red alert level of intensity, even for something that is meaningless, trivial pop culture ephemera.”
     
    “We can’t just move away from things; we need to move toward things.”
     
    “I’ve deliberately set out not to become famous.”
     
    “Choose what you’re not going to be in the world. Don’t let people outside choose for you what you’re going to be.”
     
    Follow Anil:
     
    Twitter: @anildash
     
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anildash
     
    Function With Anil Dash podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/function-with-anil-dash/id1439658455
     
    Blog: http://anildash.com/
     
    Follow JOMO:
     
    Instagram: @experience_jomo
     
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    • 1 hr 12 min

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22 Ratings

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Love this podcast

Thank you to Christina for such a great podcast! Every episode has brought a new and worthwhile perspective to my life. While I’m not terribly attached to my phone, I still find Christina’s conversations to be relevant and inspiring. I so appreciate the focus: finding joy and missing out on the right things. Thank you for this important podcast!

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Timely. Necessary.

A listen that is actually a reminder to claim what means most to me and to pursue those things. This is not only inspiring. Christina provides practical tools.

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