GGC-Health • Wellness
Elie Losleben Calhoun leads technology projects that span more than a dozen emerging economies in Africa, Asia and Latin America, aimed at lifting vulnerable populations out of poverty. Her company, Code Innovation, has been funded to do this work by UNICEF, the UK Department of International Development and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She consults for governments and the social sector on how to strengthen systems using exponential technologies.
Elie was raised in India, Kenya and Egypt and has a unique perspective on the changes exponential technologies are bringing to emerging and developing economies. With over two decades of experience living and working across Africa and the Middle East, including time in Senegal and post-conflict Liberia, Elie’s expertise is in using technology for impact and entrepreneurship.
Elie has a BA from the American University in Cairo and a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Elie also applies the latest research to create cutting-edge leadership development programs and wellness workshops around the world for corporate leaders, changemakers and entrepreneurs. She is a regular contributor to Singularity University’s Executive Program and the Global Solutions Program.
For millennia, humans have used ritual, substance and other methods to understand the form and nature of consciousness. Together with advances in neuroscience, the science of psychedelics offers new ways of looking at and indeed, hacking, our own consciousness. What does the research say about these substances’ effects on the brain? What is their long-term effect on the individual body and on society as a whole? How do myths hobble innovation around psychedelics in society? What are the risks and opportunities for industry? And what could it look like when the new science of psychedelics meets exponential technologies like AI, digital biology, and neuroscience? This talk jumps down the rabbit hole of our species’ obsession with pushing the edge and explores the frontiers of consciousness revolution.
Why is it that human beings are never satisfied? What is our innate and insatiable desire to push the edge? What does our technology say about who we are? Titans in Silicon Valley say the advance of technology is “inevitable” but new voices disagree and demand that we become more accountable to each other and intentional about the future. Ex-coders from tech’s Big Five are starting to sound the alarm about the social and political consequences of the commodification of our attention. How we relate to technology is changing our most intimate relationships and this is happening faster that we’re often aware. How can we learn from the growing field of evidence and advocacy to inform ourselves as digital citizens?
The future of work will be powerfully impacted by robotics, artificial intelligence and other accelerating technologies. But it won’t just be a simple equation of machines replacing one human job after another. Our very understanding of work, the relevance of jobs and the normal workings of economies will transform during the 21st century. After exploring some of the mega-trends likely to shape the future’s playing field, Elie asks tough questions about how industry leaders and technologists can start preparing to create a more equitable, prosperous world.
This talk explores three pandemics that will reshape the face of the planet and the exponential technologies that are tackling them. Income disparity means the wealthy have better health and live longer. Although experts agree we are overdue for a deadly influenza pandemic, exponential technologies have already made it possible to contain and defeat Ebola virus in the poorest countries in the world. The WHO estimates that by 2030, suffering from depression and anxiety will be the leading reason people miss work, yet current advances in neuroscience are giving us god-like powers over our own minds. And the systemic and pervasive nature of violence against women and girls has galvanized a wave of techie feminists from around the world who are taking matters into their own hands. How we confront these global health trends will determine the shape of our future.
Leaders today are facing an emergent context of accelerating technological change that impacts everything from society’s expectations of career success to intimate personal relationships. Leaders must learn how to navigate the stress that comes with adapting to constant change and are wise to learn from both the cutting edge of wellness research and the wealth of ancient practices available to the uninitiated today. This workshop introduces a holistic wellness framework and guides participants through a process to identify and access personalized self-care behaviors that will have the greatest impact on their well-being. Participants leave the workshop with a printed personal guide that can be used as a roadmap towards health and happiness in exponential times.
Our bodies and minds often perform like outdated hardware, and upgrades take time and are hard to come by. This workshop explores how transformative technology is changing the fields of psychology, health, nutrition and personal development. Evidence-based ancient practices like yoga and mindfulness show us how to improve our bodies and minds to create physical, mental and emotional well-being. Participants explore ancient practices around sleep, nutrition and healing chronic stress designed to create radical well-being. Using hands-on techniques that they can practice on themselves, participants explore a series of protocols firsthand to create specific felt-state effects. The workshop also explores consumer products that leverage AI, virtual reality, augmented reality, neuroscience and brain-computer interfaces in new ways, introducing transformative technology to participants in an interactive setting.
How we respond to overwhelm is biologically programmed into our brains and body, and learned from personal history. Research now shows that the four types of stress response (fight, flight, freeze and fawn) are a holistic pattern that is extremely adaptive. Neuroplasticity has profound implications for how we approach stress, chronic stress, and even trauma and PTSD. New advances in psychology and neuroscience offer tremendous promise for how we disrupt our own patterns of panic and overwhelm. This workshop explores new modalities and approaches for interrupting and downregulating the stress response. Because each person’s stress response is different, participants will expand their toolkit of personalized techniques for shifting their own experience. This workshop is a must for anyone familiar with the power of mindsets.