the presence project
Seeking answers to these questions, we dove in, interviewing techies, parents, businesspeople and even a Buddhist Master about their relationships with technology and its effects on presence, productivity and happiness. The stories we heard were illuminating, and sometimes scary (for example, pre-teens using words like “addicted” to describe their relationship to the computer).
What we realized was that the family is a perfect leverage point in this system: Parents have the opportunity to help their kids establish good habits in the home and learn to control their screen time.
In order to capitalize on this opportunity and carry on the momentum of these initial conversations, my partner Emily and I built the Presence Toolkit, a literal toolbox of ideas, provocations and products to helps families come down from the cloud and re-connect with each other.