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.
David Ryan Polgar
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 http://psychologyofwellbeing.com.
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, CNN.com, HuffPost, BBC.com). 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.