Episode 26 - Tiffany Shlain

Tiffany Shlain is on a mission. 

The Emmy-nominated filmmaker, speaker, and Webby Awards founder has received over 70 awards and distinctions for her films and work, including being named by Newsweek as “one of the women shaping the 21st Century.” Shlain’s films encourage us all to think about where we’re headed in our increasingly connected world. Like future On the Block Radio guest Douglas Rushkoff, she explores how technology is shaping us in new, and often unexpected, ways. 

She has premiered four films at Sundance, including her acclaimed feature documentary Connected: An Autoblogography 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 also selected three of Shlain’s films including Connected to represent the U.S. at embassies around the world for their American Film Showcase. Her AOL Original series, The Future Starts Here was nominated for an Emmy in New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture and has over 40 million views to date. 

Tiffany is a world-renowned speaker and has been featured at Google, Harvard, NASA, The Economist Ideas conference and was the closing speaker for TEDWomen and TEDMED. She was the on-air Internet expert on ABC’s Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, is an advisor to The Institute for the Future, and was invited to advise then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the Internet and technology. 

TED Conferences published her first book, Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks, and she has been writing a quarterly newsletter about ideas and culture since 1998 called Breakfast @ Tiffany's. She runs film studio + lab called The Moxie Institute and a nonprofit Let Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change that makes free films for schools and creates global events to catalyze conversations around important topics. 

In this episode, we discuss how the Internet is like a child's brain, her work as a pioneering filmmaker and futurist, and how her father is one of the most important people in both of our lives.