Kip Voytek Strives for Deeper Meaning in Our Digital Lives

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Today on Radio Johnny, Jeff Parks talks with Kip Voytek about the ideas he shared at his recent presentation from Ignite New York. Kip suggests that we don’t unplug entirely from our digital lives, but instead discusses strategies for how we can change our own behavior and the way we consume and share information online.


The challenge that I was setting for myself was finding balance without unplugging… the question for me was how do I find that balance within digital? It still seemed like the digital time that I was putting in I wasn’t getting that much out of – I was still getting a lot of links, a lot of cool stuff, a lot of tweet material but I wasn’t getting that kind of fulfillment. It was the balance in my digital life that I was after!

I think people who are reacting against technology or against the effects of technology… are mistaking the technology for the intention and the habits that we form.

It’s very easy on the web to keep track of the cool links, to turn something into a tweet, to build your brand…but to actually to try and harness it to get you knowledge deeper than Wikipedia gives you, to actually take on new things, that’s pretty cool to me!


Kip discusses three essential areas related to this talk at Ignite, including: the ability to build interior objects (soul objects); looking for more, not the next thing; and the desire to seek out voices rather than muddling through countless mailing lists in the digital world.

During his talk Kip quoted Emerson who stated “This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.” Unplugging is not the answer! Changing our own online behavior and understanding how to best engage with specific technologies is key when seeking both balance and deeper meaning in our digital lives.

Show Notes

* Kip’s Ignite NYC talk Shallows, Echos, and Inner Space
* Recommended reading: Hamlet’s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age
* Recommended reading: The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding From You
* Recommended reading: The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing To Our Brains
* FireFox plug-in Track Me Not

Jeff Parks

Jeff is the co-founder of DIGIA UX Inc. and actively collaborates with industry professionals from around the world through his involvement with Boxes and Arrows and Johnny Holland. Jeff is also leading workshops on Information Architecture and User Experience Design over at Follow the UX Leader, in addition to volunteering his time as a Mentor and Member of the Board of Directors for the Information Architecture Institute.

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