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5x15 presents: Cal Newport and Tim Harford on Digital Minimalism

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Leading thinkers Cal Newport and Tim Harford discuss Digital Minimalism - On Living Better with Less Technology

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In this timely talk, professor Cal Newport discusses his work, ideas and new book on Digital Minimalism with the 'undercover econmist' Tim Harford.

The urge to pick up our phones every few minutes has become a nervous twitch that shatters our time into shards too small to be present. Our addiction to tech leaves us feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. But it doesn't have to be that way. Cal Newport argues we can pair back digital distractions and live better with less technology.

Introducing us to digital minimalists - the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phones or obsessively document everything they eat. How can we learn to live more intentionally in our tech-saturated world?

Cal Newport is author of a number of ground breaking books including Digital Minimalism and Deep Work.

Tim Harford is a behavioural economist, BBC radio and TV presenter and award-winning Financial Times columnist, author of seven books, including The Undercover Economist, which has sold nearly 2 million copies.

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'Digital Minimalism is the Marie Kondo of mobile phones' Evening Standard

"You’re not the user, you’re the product. Hang up, log off, and tune in to a different way to be in the world. Bravo, Cal. Smart advice for good people." - Seth Godin, author of This Is Marketing

“What a timely and useful book! It's neither hysterical nor complacent - a workable guide to being thoughtful about digital media. It's already made me rethink some of my media use in a considered way.” - Naomi Alderman, author of The Power

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Cal Newport is a tenured professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. In addition to his academic work, Newport writes about the intersection of these technologies with our personal and professional lives. He is the author of five books, including So Good They Can't Ignore You and the bestselling Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. Newport's ideas have been published in top print publications, including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, the Financial Times and the Guardian, but as a dedicated digital minimalist, Newport has never had a social media account. Newport lives in Maryland with his wife and two sons.

Tim Harford is a behavioural economist, BBC radio and TV presenter and award-winning Financial Times columnist. He offers a distinctive blend of storytelling, humour and intelligence. Tim has written seven books, including The Undercover Economist, which has sold nearly 2 million copies in over 30 languages. His BBC Radio 4 series, More or Less, offers a genial smackdown of dubious statistics, while his BBC World Service radio series Fifty Things That Made The Modern Economy was critical success and iTunes-topper. His new podcast, Cautionary Tales, has also broken into the top ten on iTunes on both sides of the Atlantic. Tim’s writing has won several prestigious awards, including the Bastiat Prize for economic journalism (2006 and 2016), Science and Data Commentator of the Year (2018), Economicst Commentator of the Year (2014), Society for Business Economists writing prize (2014) and the Royal Statistical Society prize for journalism (2015). He was awarded an OBE “for services to improving economic understanding” in the 2019 New Year honours. His TED talks alone have been viewed nearly 10 million times.

“He’s a genius at telling stories that illuminate our world” – Malcolm Gladwell on Tim Harford

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