From the early days of personal computers to our current world of robotics, artificial intelligence, social networking and mobile connectivity, Sherry Turkle has spent the last 30 years exploring the relationship between people and technology. It’s complex. It’s ever-changing. And it affects everything – how we work and learn, how we parent and govern, and even how we love.
Currently, she’s focused on bringing attention to the power of talk in our digital culture, helping businesses, schools and societies understand why Reclaiming Conversation™ is so important and how to make it happen.
At home, families sit in silence at the dinner table. We text (and shop and tweet) during class and while on dates. At work, executives email during meetings. We’re connected more than ever; not necessarily to one another, but to our keyboards and touch screens. We seek and find ways around real, face-to-face-conversation. We lack empathy and don’t know how to be alone – or truly together.
Sherry Turkle believes our increased reliance on digital technology has brought us out of balance with what we need as people: rich, robust and trusting relationships. In the workplace, technology is too often part of a flight from face-to-face conversation. Yet, it is through conversation that the relationships and ideas that underlie successful enterprises are born and thrive.
It’s up to you – as leaders, managers, parents, peers, politicians – to reclaim conversation and make it the norm again. Sherry can help