The One Who Is Not Busy: Living and Working Calmly and Effectively in an Accelerating, Information-Saturated World

November 12, 2009, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
University of Washington
Johnson Hall Room 102

Presenters
Darlene Cohen (Zen teacher and author of The One Who Is Not Busy)
Alfred W. Kaszniak (Professor of Psychology, Neurology, & Psychiatry, U. Arizona)
David M. Levy (Professor, University of Washington Information School)

Description
While the new information technologies are extraordinarily powerful tools for communication and for information access, it is increasingly evident that their use is also contributing to the rushed, fragmented, and distracted character of contemporary life. This evening symposium will provide an overview of some of the work now being done at the Information School to understand the causes of these conditions and to develop helpful responses and potential solutions.

David Levy will provide an overview of the work currently being done in the iSchool (in collaboration with Darlene Cohen, Al Kaszniak, and others) which is investigating how to restore "contemplative balance" to our overly rushed and busy days. Darlene Cohen, a Bay Area Zen teacher, will describe how training the attention through meditation can improve people’s ability to stay focused on task and thus remain "not busy" even while being productively engaged; she will also lead attendees in an attention-training exercise. Al Kaszniak will discuss some of the recent findings from neuroscience about the place of meditation and other contemplative practices.

This event is free and open to the public. To register for this event, please visit catalysttools.washington.edu/webq/survey/nataliem/87399.

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