Digital Wellness Initiative

digital wellness initiative
launch in progress

The goal of the Digital Wellness initiative is to bring together thought leaders from wellness, healthcare, technology, government, and education to serve as a think tank evaluating research and advocating for policy and education on the healthy use and adoption of technology.

There is a growing cadre of experts from across a variety of disciplines who are beginning to think about these issues. Sub-disciplines that fall under Digital Wellness include Digital Ethics, Digital Citizenship, Digital Mindfulness, Digital Nutrition, and Digital Education.

The need is emerging for a new field of Digital Wellness that brings together these diverse viewpoints on the relationship between technology and wellbeing and seeks to establish a holistic and unified approach to these issues.

By establishing healthy guidelines and boundaries for our relationship with technology, a holistic and sustainable approach to technology use and adoption will allow us to maintain elements of our non-digital humanity in the age of technology.

2017 Briefing Paper
The briefing paper is a snapshot of this industry sector including valuable information on latest trends, challenges and initiative accomplishments. Read full paper HERE


Jeremy McCarthy


David Ryan Polgar

initiative Chair

Jeremy McCarthy, Group Director of Spa & Wellness, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Hong Kong
Jeremy McCarthy is group director of spa and wellness for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, leading its internationally acclaimed luxury spa division featuring world-class spas in some of the world’s most luxurious hotels worldwide. Jeremy is also the author of The Psychology of Spas and Wellbeing, and hosts a blog about holistic wellbeing at


vice chair

David Ryan Polgar, Speaker & Tech Consultant | Digital Wellness, United States
David is a tech writer, speaker (3-time TEDx, The School of The New York Times), and frequent tech commentator (SiriusXM,, HuffPost, He has experience working with startups and social media companies (ASKfm), and co-founded the global Digital Citizenship Summit (held at Twitter HQ in 2016). Outside of writing and speaking, David currently serves as Trust & Safety for the teen virtual world Friendbase. He is also a board member for the non-profit #ICANHELP, which recently held the first annual #Digital 4Good event to promote student empowerment and positive tech use.



Brent A. Bauer, MD


Tanya Goodin


Dr. Paul Limburg