Professional/Short Course UWE Inspire Workshop Series: The Practice of Attention in a World of Distraction

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
Bristol Business School
Two 2hr sessions over two weeks
Course Director
Dr Charlotte Von Bulow

Page last updated 5 May 2022


This workshop is about how we attend, what we attend to, and the stories we tell about it. If you feel exhausted by the ever-increasing wealth of competing demands for your attention, you are not alone. At every turn our attention is subject to capture and most of the time, leaders and managers feel unable to freely give attention to the kinds of activities they consider most important. Already back in 1971, Herbert Simon identified the phenomenon now referred to as the 'Attention Economy' when he talked about the future as an information-rich world where the wealth of information literally consumes the attention of its recipients. Today, the 'Attention Economy' is beyond conjecture it now is the environment in which we must navigate both our personal and professional lives.

Developing a conscious practice of attention can offer us new ways of navigating competing demands and take charge of what we choose to attend to and spend our time on. With a practice of attention, we can cultivate more autonomy and individual agency, and we can become role models of good and effective practice for others in our organisations or contexts. This is an introductory workshop and together, we will start to explore how a conscious daily practice can help us reclaim our attention, freeing us from the self-limiting beliefs and unhelpful narratives that stand in the way of achieving our true goals. We will explore the notion of an attentional ethics and how to develop a culture of attentional consent.


Who is it for?

The workshop is designed for leaders, managers and others wanting to explore the impact of the Attention Economy and how to address the emerging issues. Methodologies and content are particularly designed to make good use of a diverse group, so we welcome people in a range of different roles

What will I get out of it?

  • Understanding the impact of the Attention Economy in our lives and identify issues in our contexts that we want to use as case studies
  • Explore what a practice of attention can do to help us reclaim attentional autonomy and individual agency as we go about our daily lives at work and at home
  • Gain a set of practical tools that can be used by leaders, managers and all others involved in an organisation or context

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.



Workshop structure

The workshops are interactive and involve both presentational, dialogic and live practice elements. We will create a safe space in which we can fail and succeed together without fear of being judged. It is vital that participants commit to both sessions so that we can create a community of practice as a group.  


Study facilities

We use the latest online learning technology to make your learning experience as effective and rewarding as our traditionally taught courses. Our learning platform provides your entire course content, and puts you in contact with your tutor and fellow students.

IT requirements

This course is delivered fully online. To ensure you can participate fully in the session and course materials, please see the following required computer specifications:

Operating system: Windows 7+, Mac OS 10.9

Web browser: Google Chrome is the optimal browser. However other browsers such as Firefox, safari and Microsoft Edge are also compatible.

Additional requirements:

  • Internet Access - 28.8 kbps speed or above (Broadband connection highly recommended). Slower internet connections may cause issues with audio and video.
  • A headset with microphone/headphones is highly recommended
  • Webcam

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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

Programme dates

Please note that the dates are provisional and will be confirmed within the coming weeks.

Cohort datesTimeLocation
2022Registration 09:45 each dayOnline
Session 1 - TBC10:00-12:00Online
Session 2 - TBC10:00-12:00Online

Programme fees

Please see the table below for current fees and discounts available. All prices are VAT exempt.

Discounts can not be used in conjunction with each other. The greatest discount available will be applied at your booking confirmation.

Please note that we only accept card payments for this programme. If your organisation is paying and feel they require to be invoiced, please contact us in the first instance to discuss your options.

Cohort 2022Previous Course Fees
Early bird discount£110
Payment deadlineTBC
Full fee£125
UWE Alumni discount£105
UWE staff discount£105
Course Connect Partner£100
Payment deadline for all other bookingsTBC

How to apply

How to apply

To make a full or provisional booking for this programme, please complete the relevant online booking form below:

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This workshop forms part of our UWE Inspire Workshop Series. Please see below for related workshops in this series:

Power of Good Meetings

The Practice of Attention in a World of Distraction

Trust and Collaboration

Effective Tools for Habits That Work for You

Planning and Delivering Virtual Events Successfully

For further information

  • Email: Please contact us on the enquiry form above.
  • Telephone: +44 (0)117 32 81598