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GS01 KEYNOTE: Learning in the New Normal

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM PT
Wednesday, October 20

The emergence of COVID-19 disrupted the world of work in ways that most of us never expected. While the reopening of offices may on the surface appear to be a return to normal, supporting people through this change presents an entirely new set of challenges. How do we successfully transition from supporting people working mostly at home to supporting the work and learning of a hybrid workforce?

In the opening keynote for DevLearn 2021, we welcome brain scientist John Medina for an exploration of insights from the behavioral sciences that can make this transition remarkably easy—all without losing productivity. This practical keynote describes those insights; with topics ranging from change resistance and social awkwardness, to dealing with grief and loss. The bottom line? The human brain doesn’t like transitions but becomes remarkably good at them if certain behavioral principles are obeyed. Join us for a fascinating journey into the inner workings of the human brain, filled with Dr. Medina’s trademark humor and enthusiasm.

John Medina

Brain Scientist & Author

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving at Work, Home, and School

Whether you’re looking to maximize productivity, enhance creativity and innovation, improve learning and engagement, or make better hiring choices, Dr. John Medina unlocks solutions by explaining the fascinating inner workings of the human brain. Medina is a developmental molecular biologist at the University of Washington School of Medicine (Department of Bioengineering). His research interests focus on the genes behind brain development and psychiatric conditions.

Dr. Medina spent most of his professional life as an analytical research consultant, working primarily in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries on research related to mental health. He was the founding director of the Talaris Research Institute, studying how infants encode and process information at the cognitive, cellular, and molecular level.

He is the author of 10 books, including Brain Rules for Baby, Attack of the Teenage Brain, and The New York Times bestseller Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving at Work, Home and School, which has been translated into more than 20 languages and selected as a textbook at numerous universities. His latest book, Brain Rules for Aging Well, describes how to keep the organ sharp and fit as we get older.

Dr. Medina regularly speaks on topics ranging from increasing management effectiveness to designing creative brain-friendly office buildings, and from unconscious bias and sexual harassment training to how to give non-boring presentations. He speculates on what the future of work will look like if evidence-based practices—rooted in the cognitive neurosciences—are taken seriously in workplace design.