I study people, technologies, and the worlds they make. Since 2000 I've worked as a technology forecaster and futurist, helping companies understand new technologies and global trends, and their strategic and business implications. I'm also a writer. My newest book, SHORTER: WORK BETTER, SMARTER AND LESS-- HERE'S HOW uses design thinking to explain how companies in a variety of industries and countries are moving to 4-day weeks. It’s a sequel to my 2016 book REST: WHY YOU GET MORE DONE WHEN YOU WORK LESS, which explores the hidden role rest plays in the success of super-creative and -productive people. My earlier book, THE DISTRACTION ADDICTION, deals with technology, addiction, and distraction. Together, they have been translated into 14 languages.
My academic training is in history and sociology of science, a field that blends history, anthropology, and sociology. My research uses ethnography, interviews, historical case studies, and literary analysis (and whatever other tools are lying around) to understand users and their worlds.