Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, speaker, bestselling author, and founder of The Webby Awards. She has received over 80 awards and distinctions for her films and work, including selection for the Albert Einstein Foundation’s initiative Genius: 100 Visions for the Future, being on NPR’s list of Best Commencement Speeches, and being named by Newsweek as “one of the women shaping the 21st century.”
Tiffany's book 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week was published by Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books in the fall of 2019 and has been featured in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, and the Washington Post. 24/6 received The Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award, a starred review from Publisher's Weekly and was included on several bestseller lists including Best Business Books, Top Tech Books and the Library Journal national bestseller list. 24/6 explores her family’s decade-long, transformative practice of turning off screens one day each week for what they call their Technology Shabbats; the past, present and future of technology; and the effects our 24/7 world has on individuals, our relationships, and our society. The Museum of Modern Art in New York just premiered her live one-woman show about these ideas, Dear Human, on Feb 15th, 2020.
Tiffany has premiered four films at Sundance, including her acclaimed feature documentary Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death & Technology, which the New York Times hailed as “high-tech Terry Gilliam,” and “examining everything from the Big Bang to Twitter.” The US State Department has selected four of Shlain’s films including Connected to represent the US at embassies around the world for their American Film Showcase, and she serves as a film expert for selected envoys.
Tiffany’s film 50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Women + Power, premiered live at TEDWomen, at 275 TEDx’s globally, and on Refinery29. It was the centerpiece film for first annual 50/50 Day which had over 11,000 screenings around the globe all linked together in an online discussion about what it’s going to take to get to a more gender balanced world. Her films and art installations have shown at museums including MoMA NYC and the Leonardo da Vinci Museum.
Tiffany’s original series, The Future Starts Here was nominated for an Emmy Award in New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture and has over 40 million views to date. Shlain’s films employ her signature style of fast-paced images, colorful animations, deep scientific research, and daring and funny insights to encourage us all to think about where we’re headed in our increasingly connected world.
Tiffany is a world-renowned speaker and has given keynotes at Google, Harvard, and NASA, and was the closing speaker for TEDWomen and TEDMED. Tiffany was the on-air Internet expert on ABC’s Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer in the early days of the web, is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and was invited to advise then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the Internet and technology. She currently serves on the Leadership Board of The Digital Wellness Lab at Harvard’s Boston Children’s Hospital. She has contributed articles to Harvard Business Review and CNN Documentary Magazine. TED Conferences published a TEDBook based on one of her films, Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks, and she has been writing a quarterly newsletter about ideas and culture since 1998 called Breakfast @ Tiffany’s. Tiffany runs the Let it Ripple studio where they make films and create global days around subjects shaping our lives. Their global initiative Character Day features films on character development (including her films The Science of Character, The Making of a Mensch and The Adaptable Mind) and brought together over 200,000 groups in 125 countries and all 50 states. She is also co-founder of 50/50 Day, Character Day and the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.
Her films have been translated into multiple languages and had over 50 million views.
She lives in Northern California with her husband and collaborator Ken Goldberg (an artist & professor of robotics at UC Berkeley) and their two daughters Odessa & Blooma.
Episode #1586 Tiffany Shlain: Carving Out Space For True Connection
“When you speak your truth, you speak to some universal truth.”
Tiffany Shlain has a gift for asking questions that delve into the heart of our shared human experience. Enlivening them in her acclaimed book, 24/6, and many films, she catalyzes global conversations about what matters most, from character to connection to creativity. We dive into these questions in our chat, exploring topics such as: What moves us? When are we truly connecting? What does it mean to be human in the 21st century?
Tiffany invites us to meditate on how our answers shape our own sense of fulfillment. In carving out intentional space, we uncover the truths we can only find within.