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Arianna Huffington: Thriving in the “Attention Economy”

In a digital age consumed by social media, Arianna Huffington argues that we are at risk of “sacrificing our humanity at the altar of technology,” without first establishing proper boundaries. The co-founder of The Huffington Post and founder of new wellness venture Thrive Global proposes basic steps – tucking away one’s devices before bed and enforcing a nightly sleep routine of seven to nine hours – to help curb that “always on” mentality. Huffington also extends this boundary-setting mindset to Silicon Valley. The Uber, Inc. board member addresses problems in the culture of the Valley, and how companies are starting to demand accountability and create change. 

On generating more awareness around the relationship between wellness and productivity: “We’re at a real moment of transition. You have people beginning to realize that they have not been doing things the way they can be doing them, which would make them more effective, healthier and happier. And there are people who are still resisting, and who still [adhere to] the old way of congratulating people for working 24/7 or being “always on”…You have the whole spectrum, which is really what is so exciting.”

On creating accountability in Silicon Valley: “There is an assumption that if you are a top performer, anything is forgiven. The fact that you are brilliant and a top performer does not forgive unprofessional behavior…Once a few top performers have been fired, the message is getting out there that that’s not going to protect you.”

On her social media guilty pleasure: “My guilty pleasure among all of them is Instagram. I kind of love it.”