Is biohacking hacking its way into corporate wellbeing?
We walked into a room full of people, a room where the vast majority were at least 10 years younger than us. It was an event aimed at individuals, an event to which we’d come to explore, learn and get inspired. We were curious to see what could potentially be brought into the world of corporate wellbeing and high performance.
We explored infrared lights & light therapy, neurofeedback & QEEG, VR meditation applications & brain stimulation meditation headsets. We tried and were impressed by the Oura ring. We concluded functional medicine is the future. We looked at laser treatments, physical vascular treatments and herbal supplements.
We listened to great speakers, bad speakers and crazy speakers. We got inspired.
We met some incredible people from game-changing companies, founded by individuals with an ambition to make a difference and to inspire change in the world of wellbeing - towards more holistic, personalised and preventative approaches. They want to empower individuals to make informed, conscious choices about how they influence their own potential to feel, be and perform at their best.
We challenged the speakers and the people we met, and they challenged us.
Nearly every speaker talked about how they, or their company, use technology to measure wellbeing and performance. They talked about how they use technology to help identify the habits and levers in their way of working and living which contribute towards enhancing or reducing their wellbeing and performance and which could be influencing their risk of contracting chronic diseases or experiencing cognitive decline later on in life.
The VC panel at the end of the day talked about impact investing, about how they invest in purpose driven companies where the primary objective is to make an impact. They’re interested in technology that can help us handle stress, improve our mental health, treat depression, better understand our microbiome, and how e.g. nutrition and sleep can impact the performance of our brain, as well as technologies that can enable personalized and preventative healthcare.
We, at flow2thrive, often hear that the value and impact of wellbeing at work can’t be measured. We think this view is flawed.