Lifestyle Lab of the Future

Rest inspires creativity and innovation
Beautiful picture depicting how each time we seize the opportunity to relax we prepare ourselves to rise to every challenge.

This post is an exploration of how in a world that moves at the frictionless speed of the internet going SLOW is not just good for us yet an important ingredient to fueling what we need most, a deep well of creativity and innovative thinking.

Yesterday I sat in my easy chair with the Sunday edition of the New York Times to read for a while. For me reading articles written by interesting people with thought provoking ideas is relaxing and in the end, I feel somewhat smarter 😉

While turning the pages i came upon a click bait sort of title “The Rest of your Life”. Yes, I was captivated by the title and dove into reading. The author, Arianna Huffington says that when we REST you get more done. She suggests that we are so busy seeking to participate in the next disruption or running fast in order to not be disrupted or extinguished by digital darwinism.

The article echoes those bygone days when returning home from a day at work was to return to your oasis of tranquility, calm where you could get good sleep to awake the next morning rested. What happened to those 40 hour work week days? Today we live in an always on world of multitasking. A world where we celebrate how little we sleep. We live in a world where being stressed and overworked at work are badges of honor. Oh, how times have changed.

The ancients knew, REST is central to our wellness. The ancients wrote “Work provided the means to live, while rest gave meaning to life.” Modern science now validates what the ancients knew. Science tells us when we are serious and disciplined about rest we are more creative. When we look at the great artist that documented how they found the muse that inspired their work almost all of them attribute being thoroughly rested as a key to accessing the muse.

The video that follows provides us with a snapshot of a venture being crowdsourced in Sweden. Mette Helbæk and Flemming Hansen ran a magical restaurant but  sold everything to create a back to nature experience for themselves and the people they serve. Why, because they believe the way to live a good life in the future is for each of us to find our piece of Walden pond. To connect with the wild, with nature, with the quiet woods and the roar of the waterfall or ocean wave. To find those places in nature where rest falls upon us because we fall in lie with the rhythm of nature as the thump thump thump of the multitasking world of work falls away. We rest and return refreshed bringing ourselves more aligned with nature and learning how to harmonize with our natural surrounding in order to fuel our creative  and innovative flow states.

So you want to be more creative and innovative, go into the wild and rest for a while.



Tech Pioneers Predict the Future of Lifestyle Technology in 2015

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 03, 2015 — Wearables, Internet of Things, Robotics, Shopping and Augmented Reality Lead the Trends Cited by Guest Speakers at the Living in Digital Times Conferences at 2015 International CES®


There are many compelling predictions shared within this article however the one I’ve excerpted below is the one marketers should pay close attention to:

“Expect an upswing in brick and mortar stores because people are hungry for physical experiences, not just clicking. The electronic wallet and alternative forms or payment will begin to go mainstream and 2015 will be remembered as the year of the wearable.” – Robin Raskin, founder and president of Living in Digital Times

Vertical Farms Will Be Big, But For Whom?

Indoor farming might help feed millions, or at least make millions.


“We can optimize for different things,” he said. “Like power use or water use—this is about harnessing the power of computing for food. Agriculture is thousands of years old but it’s only in recent times that we’ve been able to quantify a lot of the things around production.”

Out of this World Time Lapse: “Astronaut – A Journey to Space”

SWe’ve never seen anything like it, and we’re guessing you haven’t either — a time lapse called “Astronaut, A Journey to Space” so compelling that you have to wonder: “how would I react if I were actually up there?”[adrotate group=”6″]I wouldn’t do well, I can see that now.Heck, I can’t ev…


We have become accustomed to men and women traveling in outer space for weeks at a time. We do not often see the images that those intrepid travelers see during their outer space excursions. These photos make traveling in outer space seem pedestrian, because we’ve all seen an image or two from the international Space Station, but I’m betting you’ve never seen anything like this before?

The New Geography of Super-Charged Startup Cities

The Bay Area clearly dominates in software companies that have been valued at a billion dollars or more, but China is coming on strong.


“The big takeaways: The Bay Area remains the world’s undisputed leader for uber-successful startups, but the center of the action does appear to have moved from Silicon Valley to urban areas in and closer to San Francisco. This urban shift is evident not just there but in the rise of great urban centers like New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo as important startup hubs.

China is also evolving into something much more than world’s factory, with 26 billion-dollar startups along its East Coast, running from Beijing to Shanghai to Guangzhou.”

Future of You – YouTube

From wearable activity trackers to personal genetics, explore the new digital health revolution that is transforming the field of health care, the scope of s…


New devices are helping us hack, track and quantify our lives.



Rethinking the sedentary city | Arup Connect

As the damaging health effects of sedentary lifestyles become increasingly clear, medical professionals, designers, and policymakers are paying more attention



Dominated by suburban sprawl and car-centric infrastructure, the contemporary North American landscape evolved partially in reaction to the public health issues that plagued overcrowded East Coast cities in the late 1800s.  As tenement dwellers succumbed to fire and disease, policymakers, planners, and developers dreamed up an alternate reality: tidy single-family houses surrounded by green lawns and accessed by automobile.

Over a century later, the downsides of this strategy are all too clear. Designers and planners now increasingly seek opportunities to improve public health outcomes through interventions in the built environment.

Why Fabrics May Soon Yield More Health Data Than Devices

Imagine a world where your outfit makes more than a fashion statement.

Thanks to miniaturization and state-of-the-art integration of electronics,


One day soon the wearable data collecting sensors we are wearing on our wrist will be seamlessly woven into our clothing.

Imagine a day when you don’t have to think where is my  FITBIT, iWatch or Jawbone UP24.

The pundits say that by 2020 you won’t have to wonder where your device is because your closet will be full of clothing embedded with sensors. 

Excerpt from the article:

Soon enough, heaps of data from smart apparel will begin carving a health roadmap for the wearer. Big data sets will eventually provide public health insights as wearable technologies continue to replace traditional, inefficient methods of information gathering.

#QuantifiedSelf #mHealth

We’re about to change cows’ diets — yet again

Cows are brilliant recycling machines. Changing the nature of their diet could, eventually, lead to a change in the way a cow works


The story of our meat based food supply 25 and 50 years into the future.

Excerpt: “Cows are brilliant recycling machines. Changing the nature of their diet could, eventually, lead to a change in the way a cow works.”

The rise of the quantified self – YouTube

The term “Quantified Self” was coined in 2007 by Wired editors Gary Wolf and Kevin Kelly, who organized a meetup of 30 people. Today, the group has grown to …


Wearables are here to stay. The forecast is that by 2018 over 400 million wearables will be sold.

Once wearables are integrated with the “internet of everything” it will be destined to provide medical researchers with more data on the personal habits of humans than ever possible.

Yes there will be debates about privacy and security and I hope we can work those things out. Because wearable tech may be one portal thru which we change our understanding of how to achieve lives of maximum wellness and when we require health care as we age, better outcomes
#WearableTech #IOT

A Bee Friendlier Flower Bombing – YouTube

Find out how you can help bees at We depend on bees for diversity in our food system. But bees are in trouble, which is why Cascadian …


A story about a community planting acres of wildflowers which creates the perfect habitat for BEES to thrive. A healthy and happy BEE community means the farmers will enjoy dynamic pollination of their organic produce.

It’s a beautiful story, if you love nature, it will make you smile.

The next big tech gig: Digital humanist | ZDNet

As smart machines become a bigger part of businesses some human will have to give companies and brands a more intimate face. Enter the digital humanist.


Hat Tip to Valeria Duflot for first sharing this post:

Anthropologist suggest that what it means to Be Human has not changed much during the course of the last  30,000 years., The role of the digital humanist will become the key to staying in touch with our origins as technology morphs and changes the world around us.

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Foodies and Futurists on How to Change the Way We Eat

Solutions from Ferran Adrià, Richard Branson, Marion Nestle and more


We are what we eat!

NASA panel on Made in Space – YouTube

Jeffy Sheehy, Senior Technologist with NASA, describes the partnership with Made in Space at the press launch before the 3D printer’s launch (courtesy of NASA).


3 D Printing Tools in space. A newly designed 3D Printer capable of working in space W\will be delivered by Dragon capsule (SpaceX) to the ISS. 

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Why prominent doctor Ezekiel Emanuel says, “I hope to die at 75”

Emanuel writes, “I think this manic desperation to endlessly extend life is misguided and potentially destructive. For many reasons, 75 is a pretty good age to aim to stop.”


Art Jones’s insight:

Buddhist meditate on death and impermanence are regarded as very important in Buddhism for two reasons:

  • Honoring how precious and how short life is and the importance of living life fully 
  • Understanding death can remove fear at the time of death.


Here in the USA we spend more money on life extending healthcare in out last years than at any other time in our lives, in a futile attempt to prolong life, outrun death at any and all cost. 

Dr. Emanuel writes, “I think this manic desperation to endlessly extend life is misguided and potentially destructive. For many reasons, 75 is a pretty good age to aim to stop.”

This is a thoughtful article with compelling ideas to contemplate.