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Book Talk: Bored and Brilliant

Today’s tactic section comes from our very own Director of Digital, Diane!

Technology sucks up all the white space in our lives. Look around you the next time you’re waiting in line at the grocery store…or taking a stroll outside…or even stopped at a red light. In most cases, it’s phones up / heads down. I am so guilty of this. With an endless scroll of distraction just a thumb nudge away, who has time to be bored?

But without downtime, imagination can’t breathe.

That’s the basic premise of the book, “Bored and Brilliant: How spacing out can unlock your most productive and creative self.” The author is Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC’s (brilliant) podcast Note to Self.

Through first-person stories and expert testimony, Manoush lays out the case that people could be better at their jobs if they weren’t always plugged in. Skill building, innovation, and entire economies could be at risk because “fast thought could make for slow growth.”

In other words, we’re too dang distracted to do the important work of imagining, creating, and exploring. Our phones are making us stupid. The future of mankind is at risk.


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