As anyone who’s listened to one of Harper Reed’s talks will attest, the man eats, sleeps and breathes tech. Following his superlative efforts as Chief Technology Officer for the Obama2012 campaign (work won him numerous plaudits in the US media), Harper rewarded himself with a well-deserved, week-long stay at a San Diego resort.
But his trip wasn’t just a break from his hectic schedule – Harper also broke with routine, and ostracised himself from all forms of digital media and interaction. Leaving his smart phones, laptops and tablets at home, and downgrading to a screenless mobile phone so he couldn’t receive text messages, Harper spent seven days reconnecting with ‘offline’ pleasures such as long walks in natural surroundings, reading literary classics and writing with a pen and paper.
I look forward to chatting to Harper about this when we next cross paths – I’m not as ‘wired in’ as he, but I’d still find it quite difficult to isolate myself from all things web for an entire week.
You can read an interesting interview Harper gave to the Huffington Post about his experiences by clicking here.