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Evolving Digital Self

120 EpisodesProduced by Heidi Forbes Öste, PhDWebsite

Exploring the human relationship with technology. Discover how leaders across industries evolve to love, appreciate and thrive in the rapidly changing digital era. Inspirational thought leaders share their insight in digital wellbeing and ethical use of behavior science in technology.


Episode 201: Season Two Highlights on Digital Wellbeing and Humanity

In this episode, Dr. Heidi highlights some of her favorite moments in interviews from Season Two of Evolving Digital Self that express the hope for Digital Wellbeing and Humanity.

Nir Eyal, author of bestsellers, Hooked and Indistractable shared his journey from teaching companies how to capture our attention to teaching us how to gain back the control. His interview revealed insight into the human psyche and business motivation for the battle for our attention.

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Twitter ID: @nireyal
Instagram : @neyal99


Farah Pandith, author of How We Win: How Cutting-Edge Entrepreneurs, Political Visionaries, Enlightened Business Leaders, and Social Media Mavens Can Defeat the Extremist Threat- and former first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities at the U.S. Department of State. In this interview Farah shares her critical and relevant wisdom from her experience as author, foreign policy strategist, and former diplomat serving both in President George H.W.  and George W. Bush and Obama & administrations. She helps us weed through the challenges of misinformation and mistrust.

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Twitter ID: @Farah_Pandith


Cennydd Bowles, a fellow design and digital ethicist, shared great insight into the efforts that policy makers are attempting to ensure that our privacy and safety are protected. It is clear there is a long where to go on this and it is critical to have ongoing champions.  Cennydd is one.

Twitter ID: @cennydd


Don Hernandez, founder of Enlyte, using Neuroscience and Psychology for Digital Therapeutics. Enlyte provides stigma-free treatment for mental health issues. Don shared his insight into the potential for reaching many who suffer from addiction and PTSD and even the more common stress, anxiety and depression. Using an app that combines binaural beats and cognitive behavioral therapies, the treatments can be delivered over a smartphone or tablet. (Full disclosure, I have recently signed on to help them with a few research studies, as I believe mental health to be a critical issue that has not received enough attention.)

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Susan Farren, founder of Resiliency First, shared her incredible story of developing programs to support the mental health of first responders who are witness to so much trauma. Her dedication to bringing these programs to a global audience is amazing. As a paramedic for 30+ years herself, she understands both the need and potential of such programs.

Instagram: @resiliency1st


Tim Driver, founder of Age Friendly Ventures, Empowering Boomers in the Workforce and Out. Tim and Dr. Heidi share their conversation from 2006, both coming from tech jobs realizing that their experience could have greater social impact by empowering underserved but growing populations (Tim with, targeting baby boomers, and Heidi with, targeting women in the workplace). Tim has taken Age Friendly Ventures to a point where he is considered an advocate for seniors by providing them with the tools to advocate for themselves.

Facebook Page: @agefriendlyadvisor
Twitter ID: @AgeFriendlyAdv




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