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The luncheon, Disconnecting in a connected world, hosted by the Intercultural Dialogue Institute on April 3, 2014, was an enlightening experience. Mike Wise was the guest speaker and he gave a presentation on a topic that directly affected his life, as well as the lives of millions of other around the world. In today’s day and age it’s hard to find someone who is not connected through the various gadgets we have at our disposal. It didn’t seem like being connected to a device at all times was exactly a bad thing, it has become such a normal and integral part of everyday life—exactly the point Mike Wise was trying to bring across. He began by telling a story about himself, describing the moment he decided that there had to be a period in the day where he disconnects and spends time with those closest to him. Throughout the presentation Mike made it clear that many of us are in a way addicted to these devices. Citing research done on the topic he explained that on average we check our cellphones, or other devices, up to 150 times per day. Other topics that were touched on included the dangers of using a cellphone while operating a vehicle, the implications it has on young children who’s parents are always on their phones, and the potential gains from disconnecting at least a little every day. The presentation was up beat, with the occasional joke inserted, and his speech was captivating and fruitful. Everyone present left the event knowing more than they had upon entering the building. In fact the presentation was so inclusive of various topics related to the issue of connectedness that the audience had very few questions, as if they were all answered already. All in all the event was a success, Mike Wise did a terrific job…

Eventbrite - "Disconnecting in a Connected World" Luncheon with Mike Wise, CBC News Toronto

Do you believe in the necessity of a Technological Sabbath?
Join us at this interesting talk with Mike Wise…

Disconnecting in a connected world:
Moving from a 24/7 lifestyle to 16/6

April 3rd 2014, 11:45am
481 University Ave., Suite 711,
Toronto, ON M5G 2E9


Mike Wise is the anchor of CBC News Toronto at 11, weeknights at 11:00 p.m. Mike’s covered every beat including seven years as the Ontario Legislative reporter for CBC Television.
While there he created “Queen’s Park: Making the Grade”, an award winning series that followed several high school students as they developed their own private member’s bills. It was a unique experiment that saw the teens through the political process right up having their bills introduced and debated in the Ontario Legislature.
Mike also collaborated with Student Vote and Facebook on a series called “The Great Canadian Wish List.” It marked the first time the social networking site had partnered with a broadcaster.
Mike started working at CBC when he was just 17 and still in high school. One of his first responsibilities was to work on the 1988 federal election broadcast, even though he wasn’t legally old enough to vote.