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Tiffany Shlain Emmy-nominated filmmaker, speaker, and author

About the Author

Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and a dynamic speaker known for her visually stimulating, big picture, provocative, funny and inspiring keynotes. She has received over 80 awards and distinctions for her films and work, including being selected for the Albert Einstein Foundation’s Genius: 100 Visions for the Future, NPR’s list of Best Commencement Speeches, and by Newsweek as one of the women shaping the 21st Century. She is also the cofounder of 50/50 Day, Character Day, and The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and runs the Let it Ripple Film Studio in San Francisco. Shlain is a world-renowned speaker and has given keynotes at institutions including Google, Harvard, and NASA, and was the closing speaker for TEDWomen and TEDMED.

Shlain’s films have premiered at the top film festivals, including Sundance, and have also been used by the U.S. State Department to foster dialogue at embassies around the world. Her films employ her signature style of fast-paced images, colorful animations, deep scientific research, and daring insights on where we are headed.  She will often show one of her short films as a powerful part of her talks.

With such a fast-paced and demanding career, Shlain also recognizes the importance of dialing back the noise. For the last decade, Shlain and her family turn off all screens one day a week for 24 hours for what they call their “Technology Shabbats.” In her forthcoming book, 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week, she explores how turning off screens can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul. Drawn from the ancient ritual of Shabbat, living 24/6 can work for anyone from any background. Shlain shares her story, offers lessons she has learned, and provides a blueprint for how to do it yourself. Along the way, she delves into the neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and history of a weekly day of rest across cultures, making the case for why we need to bring this ritual back.

A compelling personal story and a fascinating, far-reaching examination of the complex world we’ve created, 24/6 is a call to re-balance ourselves and our society.

Shlain is also a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and has advised former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She currently serves on the Leadership Board of the Center on Media and Child Health at Harvard’s Boston Children’s Hospital.  She has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America as an Internet Expert and has contributed articles for Harvard Business Review and CNN.

  

Suggested Topics

  • 24/6: The Unexpected Benefits of Unplugging One Day Each Week for Your Company, Family and Personal Well Being

What Does It Mean to be Connected in the 21st Century, and What Does a Weekly Day-of-Rest Mean?

  • The Adaptable Mind: What Skills Do You Need To Thrive in the 21st Century?
  • Making Things Happen: How To Take An Idea from Inception Out Into the World
  • Women & Power. The 10,000 History of Women & Power and What It’s Going to Take to Get to a More Gender Balanced World
  • The Making of a Mensch: American Jewish Identity in the 21st Century

Raves and Reviews

Tiffany always kills it but this year at Chicago Ideas Week she blew the audience away by performing her latest film, 30,000 Days, live onstage. The performance is a powerful and edgy examination of individual purpose in the context of the collective good.”

 Chicago Ideas Festival

Tiffany’s keynote address at The Women of Vision gala was the highest rated speakers we have ever had!”

The Anita Borg Institute

Tiffany Shlain demonstrates, with lyrical simplicity, our interdependence on one another and the interconnectedness of humanity with all life on earth. With a tightly synchronized dance between her powerful images and insightful words — with humor, and with a creativity all her own, Tiffany illuminates the issues that affect us all — including environmental degradation, dizzying technological innovation and population growth — and helps us to understand our inter-relationship with the world in a way that is both freeing and inspiring.”

Former Vice President Al Gore

Director Tiffany Shlain delivered what was, improbably, both the most thought-provoking and the most personally emotional documentary of the whole festival. It will change your thinking, and what more can a documentary do?”

 Michael Dunaway, Paste Magazine

Indeed, Shlain’s film does go wide — it’s like a rubber band stretching in multiple directions while not breaking. Examining the ways in which technology can productively unite our global citizenry, her work details nothing less than the history of consciousness and its arrival within today’s always-on, hyper-wired mind.”

 Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine

A highly energized romp through a myriad of ideas about where the human race is headed.”

 James Greenberg, The Hollywood Reporter

We were absolutely thrilled with Tiffany’s presentation! We’ve heard it was the best luncheon speaker ever.”

 Amy Vogel, Princeton Jewish Federation

Put down your phone and pick up this book. I read it in one day, convinced that 24/6 is timeless and timely wisdom. Tiffany Shlain is a modern-day prophet, brilliant and incredibly funny in equal measure.”

Angela Duckworth, New York Times bestselling author of Grit

Here is the answer to the greatest collective and personal challenge of our time: reclaiming the essential dignity of being human in a digital age.”

— Douglas Rushkoff, author of Team Human and Present Shock  

A wonderfully refreshing and practical roadmap to both slowing down time and having more of it.”

 — Krista Tippett, host of On Being and bestselling author of Becoming Wise

An unusual and essential guide. Here is a place to turn if you feel there’s something missing in our modern world.”

— Jaron Lanier, bestselling author of Dawn of the New Everything and You Are Not a Gadget

Well-written and well-reasoned. Shlain offers families excellent ideas for taming digital monsters. I recommend it to all parents who have struggled to set limits on screen time.”

— Mary Pipher, author of Women Rowing North and Reviving Ophelia

Tiffany Shlain is a 21st Century Marshall McLuhan, reminding us that having the best of both worlds is not getting consumed by one.”

— Jean Rogers, Author of Kids Under Fire

…Shlain delivers a moving family story, documenting the connections that make the need for the Shabbat important in the first place.”   

 — Sherry Turkle, Author of Reclaiming Conversation and Alone Together

. . . She convinced me . . . that a day of disconnection is a path towards reconnection to the rest of our lives.”

 — Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google and co-founder of the Internet Society.

 

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