Dr. Beck Tench is a kind stranger, contemplative technologist, and designer and researcher at Harvard’s Project Zero, where she researches the effects of digital media across our lives. She is also a founding board member of OF/BY/FOR ALL, a global network of organizations working to become more of, by, and for their communities. She recently completed her dissertation, Designing Restoration: Protecting and Restoring Our Attention Through Participatory Design, which explores designing “restorative environments” on college campuses and in libraries. It provides insights for addressing the resignation we can feel at the end of an hour, or day, lost to technology, and it stretches the idea of what a “restorative environment” can be, showing that what we make when we design from a place of wholeness has the potential to change us as individuals and as a collective. Beck was formally trained as a designer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and spent her career before returning to academia helping museums, libraries, and non-profits embrace risk-taking, creativity, and change through technology and personal space-making. Her work has been mentioned in the New York Times, National Public Radio, Scientific American, and several books, podcasts, and blogs.