Talking Tech Wellness at the TechNow Conference

The 14th annual TechNow Conference is taking place on Thursday, October 19, 2017, and I’ll be keynoting the event. TechNow is a one-day regional technology conference for nonprofits organized by The Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University.

In my keynote, I’ll be sharing concepts and tips from The Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact Without Burnout, my book with Beth Kanter that focuses on self-care in the nonprofit sector as a strategic imperative.

The first half of our book is about why individuals need to evaluate how they’re working and incorporate more self-care into their day-to-day routines to sustain their energy and focus. The second half of our book outlines how to change organizational culture toward supporting self-care and developing and implementing effect wellness initiatives to reinforce the shift.

Because TechNow is a nonprofit technology conference, my focus will be ways to recognize and overcome the now deeply entrenched misuse of our personal and work technologies that cause more harm than good. I worked in the nonprofit sector back in the early 1990s and have consulted nonprofits about digital marketing since 1995.

I’ve witnessed many of the rapid changes of technology in our lifetimes and our inability to keep up with those changes and manage technology in healthy ways.

Nonprofits may seem slow to adopting technology, but today’s nonprofit worker struggles with the same physical, mental and cultural stresses caused by technology that someone working in the for profit sector has been experiencing for years. The cultures of “Always On” and “Self-Sacrifice” pervade the sector. The people who are supposed to be doing “good work” – helping others and changing the world – are running themselves into the ground, and technology can make it worse, not better.

The technology that was supposed to make our work easier and our lives more connected is now a major aspect of our distraction, stress, and burnout.

I look forward to diving into my favorite topic of Tech Wellness at the TechNow Conference. The event takes place at Robert Morris University outside of Pittsburgh on Thursday, October 19th. I hope to see you there!

Be sure to register for TechNow by Sept. 30 to get the early bird price of $125!

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