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THE NEW YORK TIMES

24 Hours Without My Phone.

I recommend a tech shabbat.
 

By David Leonhardt

In 2008, Tiffany Shlain’s father, Leonard, was diagnosed with brain cancer, and she began to change her use of technology when the two of them were together. “Some days he would have only one good hour,” she later wrote in the Harvard Business Review...”

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THE TODAY SHOW

Tiffany Shlain talks 24/6 on the TODAY Show. 

Tiffany on the TODAY show with Hoda Kobt and Jenna Bush Hager. 

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FORTUNE

How Managers Can Make Time for Their Own Work 

"I spoke with Tiffany Shlain, author of 24/6: Giving Up Screens One Day a Week to Get More Time, Creativity, and Connection, to get her perspective on your situation. Tiffany is a modern polymath: a longtime tech aficionado who founded the Webby awards, filmmaker, and writer. Her writing focuses on the power of protecting your time and taking breaks from technology ...

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THE WASHINGTON POST

A Better Week: Find Time for the Things You Care About

Long ago, your workweek ended once you left the office — or so I have been told.  

But work culture has changed a lot in the past decade. Technology has ended the physical barriers protecting a workweek, and we’re always reachable and we’re always exhausted.  

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THE NEW YORK TIMES

Turn Tech to Your Advantage in the New Hybrid Workplace

When the pandemic blended our professional and personal lives by forcing many of us to work from home, we learned a valuable lesson about tech. It can be an incredibly useful tool for communicating with colleagues. But when used without care, it can hurt our productivity and our relationships.

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ON BEING POCcAST 
LIVING THE QUESTION

We’ve been enmeshed with our technologies. Tech Shabbat for everyone?

Krista’s been in a conversation with Tiffany Shlain for several years about her practice of “Tech Shabbat.” For more than a decade, she and her family have taken a rest from screens sundown Friday to sundown Saturday; her book 24/6 is a kind of manual to open the practice to everyone. 

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THE BOSTON GLOBE

I USED TO feel good about getting work done throughout the weekend. I was a working parent starting an indie film studio, and anything that would help me stay on top of things was a win. Weekends were a chaotic mix of recreation and work ... (see PDF from printed article)

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PEOPLE

BOOKS WORTH READING

24/6 was featured in People Magazine. The book explores Tiffany and her family's decade-long practice of turning off all screens for 24 hours every week for what they call their Technology Shabbat. Character Day 2019 was all about the relationship between character + screens.

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HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

In Praise of Being Unproductive

Are you productive? Efficient? Useful? More to the point, are you productive, efficient, and useful enough? These are the kinds of questions that arise when technology makes it easy to stay online and connected 24/7. But all this connectivity brings two unfortunate side effects.

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MORNING JOE MSNBC

Put down screens for one day a week, says author

Author Tiffany Shlain advocates for what she calls a 'technology shabbat' each week, and she joins Morning Joe to discuss the idea, which she writes about in her book '24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week.

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FORBES

8 Reasons Why You Should Unplug One Day A Week

In her new book 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week, Webby Award founder, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and mother of two Tiffany Shlain explores how turning off screens for 24 hours each week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul.

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WALL STREET JOURNAL

How to Wean Your Kids—and Yourself—Off Screens

After more than a year of being glued to their devices, a lot of kids will have trouble easing up on the tech that brought them comfort and connection during the pandemic.

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THE SAN FRANCISCO
CHRONICLE

Challah giving sourdough some competition during coronavirus

Sourdough may be the celebrity loaf of #quarantinelife — and it is delicious and deserves all of the love and care and at least half of the amateur photos it’s getting — but it’s not the bread I’m suddenly baking.

NEW BOOK WORTH READING 

PEOPLE MAGAZINE



#1 BEST NEW TECH BOOK TO
READ IN 2020

BOOK AUTHORITY

TOP TIME MANAGEMENT BOOKS TO READ

ENTREPRENEUR MAGAZINE

"WISE, WONDERFUL WORK"

PUBLISHERS' WEEKLY
STARRED REVIEW


GREAT BOOKS YOU WON'T WANT TO PUT DOWN
REAL SIMPLE MAGAZINE

TOP 10 BUSINESS BOOKS

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY

TOP TEN BEST BOOKS

& HEATHER'S PICK 

INDIGO BOOKS

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WIRED

Why the Webbys Award Founder goes Screen-Free One Day a Week

Four times Tiffany Shlain's father bought his daughter the book ‘The Making of a Woman Surgeon’; four times she ignored it. Instead, she was fascinated by computers, starting with an Apple IIe. She connected to the internet long before the invention of the World Wide Web, and – back in 1987, as an 18-year-old – co-wrote a proposal called Uniting Nations in Telecommunications and Software, outlining a world where everyone has personal computers and uses them to communicate and drive social change.

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VARIETY

Museum of Modern Art Announces DocFortnight Lineup

The Museum of Modern Art has unveiled its full festival lineup of 28 features and shorts for Doc Fortnight 2020, its annual showcase of the best of nonfiction film, 

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THE WASHINGTON POST

In some ways, how Tiffany Shlain and her family observe Shabbat doesn’t look that different from how many Jewish families do. Shlain, who identifies as a cultural Jew, gathers friends and family for dinner on Friday evening. Then she, her husband and their two daughters unplug their devices for the next 24 hours.

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THE WASHINGTON POST

‘Screen time’ has gone from sin to survival tool

We’re on Zoom calls six hours per day. The kids have gotten their own iPads. And no need to keep asking, Netflix — we’re definitely still watching.

But we should stop being hard on ourselves . . .

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CHICAGO TRIBUNE

24 hours, no screens. Could you give up tech for one day each week?

I recently mentioned to an Uber driver that I was thinking of trying a whole-house day off from tech.

At first he seemed impressed by my lofty goal. Then we started talking about our families — and our teen children — and the constant presence of screens, and all the stressors they bring with them. Taking a break sounded like a dream.

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DOLCE

It is bizarre to grasp the undeniable fact that in the last 25 years, the Internet and social media have become such an integrated, intrinsic part of our collective modus operandi that we have become completely and utterly hooked.

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THRIVE GLOBAL

Waking Up Extra Early Helps This Entrepreneur Be More Productive At Work

Though technology has been a pillar of Tiffany Shlain’s career, and helps her stay connected, she has worked hard to set boundaries with it. The resulting efforts have impacted her life for the better,

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STYLE SONATA

Tiffany Shlain Talks Technology Shabbats, Spoken Cinema. 

SS: Describe yourself in 3 words. 

TS: Enthusiastic. Creative. Bold.

SS: Tell us a bit about the work you do and why you chose that field.

TS: I make films. I write books. I create experiences. I love moving people. I always like that films are called “movies,” because you can “move” people’s emotions, center of gravity or perspective. 

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MARIN MAGAZINE

A Conversation with Tech Innovator and Mother Tiffany Shlain

For three decades, Tiffany Shlain has been a poster child for the utility and promise of technology. As a Redwood High student in the late ’80s, she co-wrote a paper entitled "Uniting Nations in Telecommunications and Software" and traveled to the Soviet Union as a young tech ambassador.

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CNET

Take Control of the Devices that Have Taken Control of You

For the millions of people now working at home, and likely for most everyone else, the coronavirus pandemic hasn't done wonders for our relationship with technology. When we're not glued to screens for Zoom meetings, Slack and email, we're doom-scrolling through the latest case numbers and, the looming November presidential election. It's a cycle that Tiffany Shlain...

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MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL

Put down your phone and be here now

A few months ago, I arrived at work and realized I left my smartphone at home. I panicked.

How would my kids get in touch with me? Did I have a dermatologist appointment that day? What if that cute guy from a dating app texted me to see if I was free that night?

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EARLY LEARNING NATION

Tiffany Shlain’s Vision for Building Community

The easiest way to describe Tiffany Shlain is to say she’s a documentary filmmaker, but her prolific output feels less like a set of discrete productions and more like a single evolving project, ruminating on an interconnected set of themes.

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MMLaFleur

The Creator of the Internet’s Biggest Awards Regularly Turns Off Her Phone

Tiffany Shlain made a name for herself as the founder of the Webby Awards— known as “the Oscars of the web”—in 1996, when the internet was still considered a potential fad (it’s now safe to say she hitched her cart to the right horse). 

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Refinery29

The Best Books of 2019 Really Are The Best

Clear your schedules for September 10. That’s the day Queen Margaret Atwood is gracing her fans with The Testaments, the long-hoped-for sequel to the 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale. The Testaments is only one of many tantalizing books coming out this month.

Mashable “Screenless Sundays or Tech Shabbat? Time to add one (or both) to your life.”

 

NPR Morning Edition "A family finds a way to wean themselves from devices"

Thrive Global "Media That Matters to Add to Your #MustList"

Jewish News Syndicate “Why I think everyone should experience a 'Tech Shabbat'”

Jewish Book Council “‘Mak­ing an Ancient Rit­u­al Work’: A Con­ver­sa­tion Between Beth Rica­nati and Tiffany Shlain”

The Jerusalem Post “Can Shabbat become a tool to improve human-technology relationship?”

Wait Until 8th “24/6: The Power of Turning off All Screens as a Family One Day a Week”

Religion News Service “Tiffany Shlain wants to bring Shabbat to 21st century by resting from tech”

Sunset “The Unplugged Home”

Forbes “5 Ways To Rethink Your Relationship To Social Media And Reclaim Your Time”

Science & Film: Labocine The Work of Tiffany Shlain”

The J Weekly “Looking into the Future With Tiffany Shlain”

Refinery29 “The Women’s History Narrative we Never Talk About”

Jeducation World “Character Day 2019 Launches A Global Technology Shabbat Movement”

British Airways “British Airways Highlights Film Director Tiffany Shlain”

SouthWest Airlines Magazine profiles Tiffany

KSL.com Addiction to the internet has put humans in a ‘Frankenstein moment,’ Sundance speaker says

The J Weekly ‘We are unstoppable’: Planned Parenthood video from Tiffany Shlain

Awesome List “Tiffany Shlain Talks Character Day, Mompreneurship And a Life In Tech”

Mill Valley Film Festival Profile “Tiffany Shlain – Storyteller”

The Hindu “Losing signal: on finding peace by ditching the smartphone”

Media Post “Webby Awards Founder Tackles Gender”

NPR Interview  “Tiffany Shlain & The 50/50 Day Push for WorldWide Gender Equity”

The Forward “Gender Equality Going Coast to Coast”

Refinery29 “This Director Has The Plan to Keep International Women’s Day Energy Alive”

All Things Connected “Radio Interview on 50/50 Day”

Art Publika Magazine “Internet Advocate Tiffany Shlain Talks Cloud Films and the Art of Connecting People”

The What “Friend of the Week: Tiffany Shlain”

GrokNation “Barbie, Jewish Identity and Films That Create Conversation”

Gratitude Revealed “Focus, Moxie and Effective Change in the World”

Fashion Designer BCBG profiles Tiffany

Forbes Podcast Interview “9 Ways to get Crazy Productive and Find Your Real Power”

CineSource  “Tiffany Shlain: Webmaster, Alt-Filmer or Philosopher” 

HuffPost Live “Tiffany Shlain At The 2015 World Economic Forum”

The Project for Women “The New Influencer’s”

Podcasts

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On Being with Krista Tippett - We’ve been enmeshed with our technologies. Tech Shabbat for everyone?

Design Matters with Debbie Millman “Tiffany Shlain”

Cool Tools with Kevin Kelly and Mark Frauenfelder

 

The Next Billion Seconds with Mark Pesce "Day of Rest with Tiffany Shlain"

On Being Interview “Growing Up The Internet”

Book Nook "24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week, by Tiffany Shlain"

Call Your Mother "Unplugged"

Sex with Emily "Turning Off to Get Turned On with Tiffany Shlain"

Live Above the Noise "TIFFANY SHLAIN - EMMY-NOMINATED FILMMAKER, CO-FOUNDER OF CHARACTER DAY"

Team Human "'Unplugging One Day a Week' + Tribute to Paul Krassner"

Inflection Point "Tiffany Shlain on achieving 50/50 equality"

 

Wired “It's Time to Put Down Your Phone”

The Brian Lehrer Show “Digital Day of Rest”

Free Forum with Terrence McNally​ “Tiffany Shlain - 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week”

Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books​ “Tiffany Shlain, 24/6: THE POWER OF UNPLUGGING ONE DAY A WEEK”

Keen On "Tiffany Shlain on How Unplugging Can Save Society"

Congregation Emanu-El "Tiffany Shlain: The Power of Unplugging"

The JOMOcast with Christina Crook​ “The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week, with Tiffany Shlain”

Judaism Unbound​ “Six Days A Week - Tiffany Shlain”

The Pausecast “Tiffany Shlain Author of 24/6”

Tales of Silicon Valley “The Big Tune Out”

Live Happy “The Power of Unplugging with Tiffany Shlain”

Harvard Business Review Podcast “Building Your Character (at Least for a Day)”

Insights at the Edge “Tiffany Shlain: Taking an Empowered and Creative Towards Technology”

Technology for Mindfulness “Tiffany Shlain, Creator of the 'Technology Shabbat'”

Brand New Ways “28: Emmy-nominated Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain”

Dr. Nancy O'Reilly “Give Your Tech a Day of Rest and Reconnect with Yourself”

Aspiriant's new Money Tales podcast

Inside Journey with Johanna Beyer and Kim Morrow

Aunt Nelly's House with Janelle Burley Hoffman and her sister

On Leadership with Scott Miller "The Power on Powering Down" with Tiffany Shlain

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