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A New Approach to Reducing Screen Time, Strengthening Families and Communities, and Preparing Children for the Jobs of the Future.

Workshop Facilitators. William Softky and Criscillia Benford.

Date. April 28, 2019.

Time. 6pm to 8pm.

About Workshop.

Smartphones have changed how we relate to ourselves and others. Almost 90% of American smartphone owners check their phones while talking to family and friends. On an average day, 29% of Americans of all ages and 39% of Millennials interact with their smartphones more than they interact with their friends, co-workers, romantic partners, children, or parents.

Our growing obsession with our phones is no accident. Tech companies design smartphone operating systems and apps to maximize the amount of time we spend on them. Taken together, these design techniques are called “persuasive design.” These techniques hijack our curiosity, cognitive biases, and reward circuitry to keep us glued to our phones.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how digital inputs and online socializing change the human mind. You’ll also learn about two antidotes: how to spot persuasive design techniques and how to protect your mind from them. The most effective therapies coordinate the whole mind and body–– e.g., dancing, choral singing, capoeira, yoga, prayer, and others. Practices like these strengthen the same neuromechanical circuits that persuasive design weakens. As a group, we’ll explore how to use this knowledge to strengthen family and community bonds and prepare young people for the jobs of the future.

About Workshop Facilitators.  

William Softky and Criscillia Benford are a husband and wife team whose on-going research is aimed at building a deep understanding of the neuromechanical and mathematical underpinnings of durable relationships and human trust. In 2017 their peer-reviewed paper, “Sensory Metrics of Neuromechanical Trust,” appeared in The Journal of Neural Computation (MIT University Press).

William Softky has made lasting impacts on neuroscience, brain theory, software development, and online advertising. He has co-authored ten patents, and his PhD in Physics is from Caltech.

Criscillia Benford began studying how media design influences perception and metacognition at Stanford where she earned her PhD from the Department of English. A former humanities professor and current member of the Children’s Screen Time Action Network’s Advisory Board, Criscillia works to raise awareness of how persuasive design techniques impact human relationships, autonomy, and wellbeing.

This workshop is presented by Greene Moments Studio in partnership with Roy Cormier Management, Phantom Acoustics and Paul Robeson Freedom School.

For more information contact: 347-618-8675 or GreeneMoments@gmail.com.

Light refreshments will be served.