Included on NPR's list of
"Best Commencement Speeches, Ever."
One of Albert Einstein Foundation's
"100 Visions of the Future"
One of Newsweek's
"Women Shaping the 21st Century"
"Tiffany's TEDWomen talk ended with the audience jumping to their feet, applauding and lining up to meet her."
- Betsy Scolnik, TEDWomen
“With humor, and with a creativity all her own, Tiffany illuminates the issues that affect us all ...
in a way that is both freeing and inspiring.”
– Al Gore
"The most engaging Zoom experience of the pandemic."
- Lauren Schiller, NPR's Inflection Point
Tiffany's inspiring keynotes bring her one-of-a-kind messages to life with dynamic audience engagement, extraordinary visuals, and the captivating story of her going from founding The Webby Awards, as one of the few women in the Internet world at the time, to being a passionate leader in how taking breaks from technology regularly leads to more productivity, creativity, curiosity, teamwork, connection, and overall wellbeing. She is currently helping companies and people around the globe flourish in the new hybrid world with her talk, The Future of Work and Wellbeing.
Included on NPR's list of "Best Commencement Speeches Ever," Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and author of the national bestselling book 24/6: Giving up Screens One Day a Week to Get More Time, Creativity, and Connection, which won the Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award.
Tiffany has received over 80 awards and distinctions for her films and work, including selection by the Albert Einstein Foundation's as one of the 100 visionaries who carry on his legacy, and being listed as one of Newsweek's "Women Shaping the 21st Century." She appears regularly in the New York Times and Washington Post, and her work has been referenced on Jeopardy and in the New York Times crossword puzzle. Her films and talks have been viewed over 50 Million times.
The Future of Work & Wellbeing: Creating the New Work/ Life Balance in Our New Hybrid World
A dynamic presentation with interactive components for employees and employers, together. As we reemerge from the pandemic, companies everywhere are asking: How do we work smarter? How do we maximize the benefits of technology (including remote work) while maintaining quality in-person office time? How do we create a work culture where both employers and employees can prosper? This talk offers effective answers for the new workplace. Find out more.
Reset, Reflect, Recharge: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week
Tiffany Shlain will explore in her inspiring talk how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul. By doing this practice for over a decade, Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain and her family have gained more time, productivity, connection, and presence. Drawn from the ancient ritual of Shabbat, living 24/6 can work for anyone from any background. With humor and wisdom, Shlain shares her story, offers lessons she has learned, and provides a blueprint for how to do it yourself.
Making Things Happen: Turning an Idea into a Reality
From creating the Webby Awards, to making award-winning films and books, to her recent show at MoMA in NYC, Tiffany illuminates her process for taking an idea into action. In this riveting and highly visual talk, Tiffany shares creating space to have new ideas, developing projects with advisory boards, fundraising and marketing projects to produce supersonic launches into the world.
American Jewish Identity in the 21st Century
Known for updating Jewish ideas in creative and innovative ways, Tiffany will share through her projects (Sundance Film Festival hit film The Tribe, to Making of a Mensch and her Tech Shabbats) the ways in which Jewish wisdom and practice (including rethinking rituals for the 21st century) have transformed her life.
Getting to a Gender Balanced World that's Better For Everyone
Tiffany gives a rousing reframing of women and power, highlighting the importance of shifting from a perspective of scarcity to one of abundance, and how to create a gender equitable world -- one that works better for everyone: all races, all classes, all ages. She brings her film 50/50: The 10,000 Year History of Women + Power to life with this talk.
The Science of Character: How to Flourish in Today's World
Building off a decade of hosting a global initiative called Character Day, this talk explores in a highly entertaining and visual way the neuroscience and social science that shows how we can develop -- in ourselves and in others -- strengths like grit, gratitude, creativity, optimism, resilience, bravery, and self-control.
Tiffany also speaks about a range of topics related to filmmaking and creativity; leadership; parenting and technology; and building the Web we want.
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Where Tiffany Speaks
Tiffany has keynoted at a wide range of places around the globe, including Google, Harvard, NASA, being closing speaker at both TEDWomen and TEDMED, The Chicago Ideas Festival, The Aspen Institute, and the UCBerkeley Commencement Speech. She has given over 300 keynotes to rave reviews. She has spoken in Australia, Hong Kong, Mexico, Hungary, Egypt, Israel, South Africa, and the UK.
What People Say
“Tiffany’s keynote at The Women of Vision gala was the highest rated speakers we have ever had!”
- Barbara Gee, The Anita Borg Institute
"Tiffany gave a brilliant visionary talk that blew away the audience."
- Elan Divon. Genius 100 Visions Innovation Summit Producer, The Albert Einstein Foundation
"Tiffany's TEDWomen talks all ended with audiences jumping to their feet, applauding and lining up to meet her."
- Betsy Scolnik, Co-producer TEDWomen
“Tiffany always kills it, but this year she blew the audience away by performing her latest film, 30,000 Days, live onstage.”
- Gabrielle Zuckerman, Chicago Ideas Director of Programming
“With humor, and with a creativity all her own, Tiffany illuminates the issues that affect us all and helps us to understand our inter-relationship with the world in a way that is both freeing and inspiring.”
– Al Gore, Former Vice President
“A highly energized romp through a myriad of ideas about where the human race is headed.”
– James Greenberg, The Hollywood Reporter
"My congregation could have listened to her authentic stories and insights for hours."
- Rabbi Karen Glazer Perolman, Congregation B'nai Jeshurun
"It was great to present the premiere of Tiffany Shlain's Dear Human as part of MoMA's Doc Fortnight 2020. It received a standing ovation -the audience loved it!" - Kathy Brew, Curator MoMA NYC
"You not so much as book Tiffany but absorb her; her stimulating message, infectious aura, cinematic style and 10/10 environment. The message was as prescient as it was powerful. My only regret is that we needed a bigger zoom room."
- Professor David Dunkley, Cardiff School of Journalism
Films and Talks by Topic
In addition to being a world-renowned speaker, Tiffany is also an Emmy-nominated filmmaker.
Her films -- which explore all the same ideas as her talks -- become a highly-visual backdrop woven throughout her talks. Below is a sampling of Tiffany's talks, and their related films, by topic.
THE NEW YORK TIMES
24 Hours Without My Phone.
I recommend a tech shabbat.
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...”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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