The Moxie Institute is led by Tiffany Shlain, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, speaker, and founder of The Webby Awards, and Ken Goldberg, professor at UCBerkeley, speaker, artist, and researcher in the field of robotics and automation.
The Moxie Institute Institute began in 2006 as an independent film studio in San Francisco. Led by Director Tiffany Shlain, the filmmakers had four films premiere at Sundance, including the feature film Connected, which has been described by the New York Times as “Examining everything from the big bang to Twitter.” The U.S. State Department selected four of their films to screen at embassies around the world and foster dialogue between borders as part of the American Film Showcase. Their AOL Original hit series, The Future Starts Here, was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle & Culture, and has over 40 million views.
In 2013, Shlain and her team began an experiment in filmmaking they call Cloud Filmmaking, where they make films collaboratively with people all over the world. The success of this "Cloud Filmmaking" series led to the launching of a nonprofit film studio, Let it Ripple: Mobile Films Shlain. Let it Ripple is now the team's primary film studio. Their third annual Character Day is set for September 22, with over 30,000 groups from schools, companies, organizations, and more in 66 countries are signed up to screen their films, engage with discussion materials, and join on online global conversation about the science of character and the importance of developing strengths like gratitude, curiosity, grit, and empathy.