What is digital anthropology? In an ongoing blog series, VINAYA's in-house anthropologist Sammi demonstrates through exploring different questions and ideas. Here, Sammi puts herself in the shoes of the device that within a single generation has gone from being unknown, to being an paramount object for modern life on which we all depend.
Our CEO Kate explains the greater vision of VINAYA, and our in-house psychologist Leah explores the digital problem with the modern human condition.
Kathryn Parsons is the CEO of Decoded, a business driven to propel a new generation of individuals around the world to thrive in the tech world through coaching and education. She is a self-proclaimed entrepreneur, educator, feminist, as well as a campaigner for code and a digital economy– but that doesn't mean she doesn't know when to switch off.
What is digital anthropology? In an ongoing blog series, VINAYA's in-house anthropologist Sammi demonstrates through exploring different questions and ideas. Here, she explores how a more optimistic view of the merging of humans and technology.
When Britain and Europe woke up to the news of Brexit, a global emotional turmoil ensued. The EU referendum, one of the biggest democratic exercises in British history, had generated a result that left the world in flux. Here's a look under the hood at VINAYA Lab's research into emotion, in collaboration with our friends at Vent.
Wearables have yet to convince the world of their transformative power. Super smartwatches and fitness trackers may have become a part of our daily lives, but they still struggle to create lasting meaning for the user. However, as a period of senseless innovation evolves into super smart sensing technology, we’re shifting into an entirely new paradigm that will bring new meaning to wearables: “Welcome to emotional technology.”
Jen Kluczkowski is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mindfresh, a mindfulness movement designed for environments such as the workplace. Jen is a go-getter by nature. She realised that a universal problem in the corporate world was the amount of long hours sitting in uncomfortable positions and dealing with stressful situations. Her solution was to create a program of yoga-like movements and breathing exercises to combat these obstacles and increase productivity throughout the day.
The workday is finally over and you’ve made it to an evening yoga class, phone by the top of your mat in case someone from the office needs to get in touch. As you carry yourself through a vinyasa, notifications begin appearing at a rapid speed. For the second time this week, you must cut out of yoga early. Later that night, dinner with friends is also interrupted by the constant buzzing of work responsibilities. But this is just how it goes, right?
While walking through Shoreditch, London, we asked passerbys the questions, "What does stress mean to you and how do you manage it?", "What makes you happy?", and "When do you know you're in love?". Through each unique participant, a pattern seemed to rise about the universality of human emotion.
Serena Guen is the Founder and CEO of SUITCASE Magazine. From a young age, Serena has actively chased her dreams. She even started her magazine from her New York University dorm room. Today, her magazine is read all over the world.
So we started our work on ZENTA– the world's first biometric-sensing wearable for both body and mind.
Beyond filtering the noise around you, ZENTA empowers you to deal with the noise yourself. As we like to say, this super smart accessory is "inspired by humans, perfected by science". ZENTA is an entirely new way of understanding your body and mind. And with that, comes an entirely new way of expressing yourself digitally, a new emotional lexicon.
Hey, how have you been feeling? Are you feeling any different than you did last week, or the week before that, or six months ago? Here's how we recall our emotions from the past, and project them into the future...
When Nina Faulhaber and Meg He became friends while both working as VCs at Goldman Sachs in London, they decided to quit their jobs to follow their dreams of starting an activewear brand together. Just over a year later, ADAY, a line of fashionably functional activewear designed for you to wear from breakfast meetings to pilates and out for cocktails, was launched in London and New York a year later. Both are global citizens, high flying graduates, and were nominated as Forbes 30 under 30 (together with their good friend Kate Unsworth, our CEO). This mover-shaker duo can teach us a thing or two about bringing our A-game.
Miki Agrawal is a modern serial entrepreneur on a mission to break modern taboos. She is Co-Founder and CEO of period underwear Thinx, Founder of portable bidet concept Tushy, Founder of gluten-free farm-to-table pizzeria Wild, and author of the book Do Cool Sh*t. Considering what keeps Miki busy in a day, it's clear she knows what she's talking about. A former investment banker and athlete, Miki's story of invention and re-invention is enough to inspire anyone to re-asses how they spend their time. We asked Miki to give us a quick download on what a day looks like between her digital and physical life.
We are never alone anymore. As the internet and devices become ubiquitous, so do our digital interactions and distractions. In support of National Day of Unplugging, our in-house psychologist explores the benefits of finding solitude and why it's important to unplug from time to time.
It's never been as empowering to be a woman– but it's also never been as complicated. The modern, connected woman carries the expectations to be the career builder, the caregiver, the muse, the family manager, the lover, the fighter for equality... and to manage it all with composure and class. In this blog series, we take a peek into the digital habits and modern priorities of some of the women we admire who show us it's possible to do it all and live well.
Last summer, while writing my Master’s dissertation on mindfulness and technology, I took part in VINAYA's three-day digital detox retreat in the Agafay Desert in Morocco. In honour of National Unplug Day, which takes place this weekend from March 4th to 5th, I’ve decided to open up my fieldnotes to share my experience of extreme, temporary disconnection.
As human beings, we have a finite amount of attention. Making time to create balance can be a struggle, especially in our modern hyper-connected reality where time has become our greatest luxury. Still, as we move through each day, we possess the potential to value, prioritise, organise and enjoy moments, people and activities as we choose. When we act mindfully, we make small choices about how this might impact the running themes in our lives.
In light of our Lab's recent research into how technology affects modern relationships, our in-house anthropologist felt inspired to turn the lens inward to her own relationship...
Let’s face it: even a best friend can be an annoying third wheel, particularly when they are an omnipresent source of neediness. Interested to better understand the effect that smartphones have on modern relationships, we asked 79 non-singles to tell us what role their digital devices play in their romantic relationships. Digging beyond the stats, we wanted to understand how they as a couple deal with digital disruption. The verdict? A bunch of mixed feelings.