Mental Barriers

Mental Barriers Illustration
Illustration by Sophie Benest

Who spoke

Christopher Murphy headshot
Writer, Designer, Educator @fehler tinybooks.org

Christopher Murphy

Christopher Murphy is a writer, designer and speaker based in Belfast. A passionate educator and a mentor to many young entrepreneurs, Christopher leads interaction design provision at The Belfast School of Art, where he has championed a successful startup culture for many years.

Start! Stop Procrastinating and Pursue Your Passion

Procrastination has numerous benefits (it often helps you identify your true purpose), however, pursuing your passion and *actually executing ideas* is equally, if not more, important.

In this short talk, Christopher Murphy will talk about how he used the deadline for this short talk, to stop procrastinating and actually pursue his passion. If all has gone according to plan, when you hear the talk he’ll share the story of how he turned Tiny Books from an idea, never-delivered, into a reality.

He’ll share a few lessons learned along the way, not least: the benefit of ‘working for the man’, how a home away from home can help you focus, and how it’s critical you use your daily allocation of 86,400 seconds to be the best you can be.

If you’ve ever had an idea for a startup, but never delivered, this talk will set you on the one true path.

James Williams headshot
Philosopher & Ethicist of Technology, University of Oxford @WilliamsJames_ williams.nu

James Williams

James is a philosopher and ethicist of technology at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the ethics of attention, distraction, and persuasion in technology design. He also helped found the Time Well Spent movement and is currently on academic leave from Google.

Distraction by Design

What if technology could distract us less, and respect our time & attention more? What would that world look like – and how could it be built? In this talk I will describe why technological distraction, far from being a minor annoyance, is in fact a major moral challenge for our time. I will also discuss concrete steps you can take today – whether you’re a designer, a business leader, or a user – to help technology design move toward greater respect for users’ time, attention, and wellbeing.