2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

Tech & Purpose...With a Dung Beetle, Prof, & Rabbi

Saturday, March 14
3:30PM - 4:30PM

JW Marriott
Room 201-202
110 E 2nd St


A dung beetle, public health professor, and rabbi walk into a bar… and start talking about technology and purpose in life. Join Vic Strecher (professor and graphic novelist!) and Laura Baum (a rabbi!) to talk about the apps and other tech they use to help people find a reason to live.

Modern life makes little room for meaning and purpose. Can we create our own purpose? Can we use modern technology to find and monitor our purpose? Can we use science to study the effects? People with a strong purpose in life are at lower risk of heart attack, stroke, Alzheimers Disease, depression, obesity, and sleepless nights. They do better in substance abuse recovery and have better sex!

Vic and Laura take us on a journey through philosophy, psychology, epidemiology, and even Egyptology, where you’ll be introduced to a six-legged superhero with a unique relationship to a ball of excrement.


#sxsw #PurposeApp


Laura Baum

Rabbi & COO


As the chief creative force, chief strategic thinker, chief doer, co-founder, and rabbi of OurJewishCommunity.org, Laura has helped the organization reach hundreds of thousands of people around the...

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Vic Strecher


University of Michigan

Vic Strecher, PhD, MPH is a Professor & Director for Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. As a teacher and researcher, Vic has spent much of h...

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