Mine Space Over Coffee, Episode 12 – Dr. Dawna Ballard

Mine Space Over Coffee, Episode 12 – Dr. Dawna Ballard

This episode, I have Dr. Dawna Ballard of UT Austin on the show to talk about the tool of time, the feelings we have associated with our commitments in keeping time, how the age of electricity created a huge shift in our work lives and expectations and the biological and external pacers that run our lives.


Dawna Ballard

Dawna Ballard (Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara, 2002) is an expert in chronemics—the study of time as it is bound to human communication. She researches what drives our pace of life and its impact on the communication practices and longterm vitality of organizations, communities, and individuals. Her research and commentary have been featured in mainstream news outlets such as QuartzHuffington Post, PBS MediaShift, NPR, and at venues such as Creative Mornings and SXSW Interactive 2016.  This March she will be speaking at SXSW Interactive 2018 on her recent research:  It’s Time: How to Find Alignment & Abandon Work-Life Balance. 
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Big shout out to all of you who contributed!

Don, Katy, Amber, dad, Renee, Chris, Annette, Veronica, Rebekka, Virginia, and, my wonderful husband, Jeremy. 

Favorite guest quote: 

Balance – people just gave up on it. Because they were like. How am I supposed to do that? And then it became a feather in your cap – a thing to achieve: I’m so balanced. We don’t accomplish life; we just live life.

Some things we talk about in this episode: 

  • Not to focus on our own grand plans
  • Some things literally just take time
  • The temporal commons
  • Biological and external pacers
  • Finding agency with our own time
  • The illusion of work-life balance
  • Being human can be inconvenient

Links mentioned: 

Railroads and time zones

Radiolab – Time

Dr. Edward T. Hall

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas

Creative Mornings Talk

Time Matters Conference

“Finding Balance” Talk


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