Canada

The Next Familiar

Chris Dancy personifies the quantified self. A former IT operations professional, he oversaw complex enterprise networks, then moved into Internet and cloud computing. Around 2010, while still working in IT, he began a personal project to map his own human behaviour. He looked at simple things like eating habits, how long he was stationary, and movement patterns, essentially anything he could measure using a digital touch point. He was interested in understanding his own behaviour in his environment, which led him to speak and consult in the area of selfquantification. In 2014, Chris Dancy left IT operations to take a position with Healthways Inc., a company that provides technology based health and wellness solutions. Chris is passionate about designing for habit and behaviour, not simply making tools. He wants to understand how to influence the delivery of wellness and use non-traditional tools to provoke real changes in health issue prevention and treatment.

The Past Future Perfect of Digital Health

Any attempt at writing about Chris Dancy, “the most connected human on Earth” explodes with the paradox of having too much information and not enough. Self-proclaimed “tech fluffer, data exhaust cartographer, apopheniac, and purveyor of bespoke existence maps,” Chris is as sensitive and poetic as he remains stubbornly and compulsively analytical.