Thinking Digital is good for the soul


This is my second blog from this year’s Thinking Digital conference. It is the must attend event in the region for me, not wishing to denigrate any others . I think I have been coming for about ten years and have got to know @herbkim, the driving force behind the event, quite well. It is a rich vein of material for me when it comes to my blog.

Every year I ask myself what it is that I like about the event. Through Twitter I am aware that many others ask the same question. Every year I come up with the same answer, it is a holiday for the brain. Surely I mean a stimulus for the brain was one person’s retort and yes, that is exactly what I mean.

A holiday is a break from the normal, it is a chance to experience different cultures, do different things and take a break from the mundane reality of life. Thinking Digital does this for your brain. Instead of having to work through seemingly intractable problems at work, it can occupy itself with mind blowing concepts and different realities. It helps you see that amazing people are working on incredible ideas that push back the boundaries of human endeavour, from making music to challenging our approach to the environment.

The truth is that really interesting people are really interesting and Thinking Digital is full of them.

@sarahkatenorman via Twitter said ‘It’s always nice to come with no agenda or responsibilities’ and asked me ‘What do you want to get out of attending this year?’

My response  was that every time I get two things out of it:

  1. I question what I have done with my life?
  2. I realise that I do some good stuff and I’m part of this.

Her response was similar:

  1. What do I want to do with my life?
  2. I love how people are thinking about the world we are living in, & inventing stuff & trying to make sense of reality and unreality …

I can’t wait until next year.

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