16th DocNet Symposium – 23 November 2018
Time is running – do we need to catch up?
We often hear people complain that there either is not enough or too much time. We easily run out of time when we enjoy ourselves or when we must meet this urgent deadline. On the contrary, clocks seem to stand still when we wait for a train outside in wintertime. Einstein himself probably described this inherent relativity of time best: “When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute – and it’s longer than any hour. That’s relativity.”
Thus, it is not just about the mere unstoppable passing of time, but it is about the circumstances under which time passes. Is time really the limiting factor to our lives, as which we often perceive it? Is time really a linear construct? Let’s pull our heads out of our daily lives’ boxes! Let’s start looking at time from different perspectives:
Time as a restriction focuses on the challenges within our business and personal life. How do managers cope with time as a bottleneck? How can a single parent raise children besides his or her job?
The perception of time deals with how we perceive time in different situations. How can we explain that sometimes time flies by and sometimes stands still? Do different kinds of time exist?
Time as a life changer considers how technological development, such as digitization and robotics, influences our behavior. How do we evolve in this context over time as individuals?
Competing against time focuses on sports and how time affects athletes when they are battling against the clock. Are such athletes living in a tunnel isolated from the ordinary life? How do you force yourself to conquer time?
Time as a gift reflects the question how advancements in the medicine industry increase the time that we have on earth. Are the humans already born who will never die? How do terminally ill people wish to spend the time they have left?
We invite you to take your time for the 2018 DocNet Symposium and get a new understanding of time and the world in which we live in.