Breakfast @ Tiffany's: Spring 2015 Newsletter


Watching the first cherry blossoms burst from the branches like popcorn makes me pause/gasp/smile. This is my favorite time of year...for those of you still in the snow, it's coming.

This newsletter is bursting with tons of projects by people who inspire me (events, books, apps, art shows, films), along with some of our talks and projects in the works. TEDMED just released my recent talk. The portion of the talk that explores neuroplasticity and what skills you need to flourish in the 21st century is the basis of one of our new films, “The Adaptable Mind,” which will be premiering along with our film “The Making of a Mensch” on Character Day Sept 18. We'll be offering these films and educational materials to schools and organizations around the world for free through our nonprofit Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change. If you have a child, niece, nephew, grandchild or friend and want to get their school involved, it's easy breezy...sign up for Character Day here

Also, tonight, join us for National Day of Unplugging…this was the event I was a part of 5 years ago that inspired me to unplug each week with my family for what we call our “Technology Shabbats.” The longer we do it the more profound it feels. This event is a great way to see what it feels like to turn off screens for 24 hours--to look for bursting blossoms, or snowflakes, or a wave crashing...whichever part of the world you get to gaze on…



 *All Details Below Table of Contents*

National Day of Unplugging | March 6-7, Everywhere
Painting Is the Pattern at Jules Maeght Gallery | March 7 - May 9, SF, CA
The CJM presents Dorothy Saxe Invitational: Tzedakah Box | Apr 9 - May 17, SF, CA
Speaking at SXSW | March 15, Austin, TX
All Eyes and Ears @ CAAMFest | March 15 & 21, SF, CA
#SEDER2015 Launching mid-March
Lava Mae's Showered with Love: the Un-Gala | April 4, SF, CA
Tribeca Film Festival | April 15 - 26, NY
Headlands Center for the Arts Spring Open House | Apr 19, The Headlands, CA
San Francisco International Film Festival | Apr 23 - May 7, SF, CA
Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards | April 24, NYC, NYC
Speaking at Anita Borg Women of Vision Awards | May 14, Santa Clara, CA
TEDWomen 2015 | May 27-29, Monterey, CA
Speaking at Reflections on Jewish Fathers JCCEastBay | June 11, Berkeley, CA
Speaking at Aspen BrainLab | July 25, Aspen, CO

Future of Storytelling | Oct 7-8, NYC, NY

Design Matters Podcast

BUMR app
Ornish Living
Our Film Brain Power on Alaska Airlines
Bjork, Vulnicura
Wise Sons Delicatessen, SF
36 Questions
Sewing Hope

Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom
Even This I Get to Experience by Norman Lear
Plus One by Christopher Noxon
Eyes Wide Open by Noreena Hertz
Worn Stories by Emily Spivack



National Day of Unplugging

March 6-7 | Everywhere


Find out about how to get involved in National Day of Unplugging here.


"Painting Is the Pattern" at Jules Maeght Gallery

March 7 - May 9 | San Francisco, CA


“Painting is the pattern of the nervous system being projected on canvas” and features commissioned new work by two emerging young artists. Pierre Roy-Camille from Paris and Zio Ziegler from San Francisco are known for their energetic and studied relationship to canvas and paint and for their street art and interface in the worlds of fashion and technology." - Love Zio's work and Natasha Boaz's curation. More info here.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum presents
The Dorothy Saxe Invitational: Tzedakah Box

Apr 9 - May 17 | San Francisco, CA


"More than 35 contemporary artists reimagine the tradional Jewish alms container.
On Tuesday, May 12 participate in the silent auction of the works of art that are part of The 2015 Dorothy Saxe Invitational during this elegant and festive celebration. The evening features live music, gourmet food and drinks, and an exclusive opportunity to meet many of the artists."
5:30pm - 9pm 
$360 VIP; $180 general; cocktail attire. or 415 655 7828


 March 15 | Austin, TX


- Ken and I are looking forward to participating in panels at SXSW this month. In an unusual twist of events, I will be speaking about social robots. My panel is on Sat March 15: more info here.

Ken's panel is In Shaping the Future for Much Better Overall Human Life on March 16. They'll talk about the adoption of Integrated Intelligence, seamless interfaces with human AI to improve the lives of people everywhere. 

March 15 & 21 | San Francisco, CA


Vanessa Hope's documentary about China will premiere at Center for Asian American Media Festival in SF on March 15 and also at Tribeca Film Festival. -Cannot wait to finally see this film!

#SEDER2015 Launching mid-March


"For SEDER2015 Michael Hebb has gathered an extraordinary group of scholars, universities, rabbis, artists, media outlets, activists, and Jewish leaders to embark on a several year journey to understand the importance of Passover - allowing the wisdom of this tradition to illuminate the current world we live in." 
- Find out more about this fantastic project here

April 4 | Treasure Island, CA


"We invite you to come let loose while supporting the work of Lava Mae. They are aiming to provide 50,000 showers via old decommissioned buses to San Francisco’s homeless community, delivering dignity, and unlockung opportunity." 
I love this organization and am on the host committee for this event. Join us! 

Tribeca Film Festival 2015

April 15 - 26 | New York City, NY


The Tribeca Film Festival is a stupendous film festival! I'll be there - so many good independent films and interactive media and so much more.  Jane Rosenthal, Craig Hatkoff and the whole team create magic there.


Spring Open House, Headlands Center for the Arts

April 19 | The Headlands, CA


"Definitely come roam the various buildings of our campus, engage with artists in their studios, experience new work and works in progress, see performances, hear readings, and stay for a housemade lunch in the Mess Hall." 
-Headlands Center for the Arts is the most fertile soil for artists to create. Loved doing my artist-in-residency there.
Click for more info.

San Francisco International Film Festival

April 23 - May 7 | San Francisco, CA


"The San Francisco International Film Festival is the longest-running film festival in the Americas and a beloved showcase of cinematic discovery. Last year's festival featured 263 screenings of 158 films from 51 countries, which were attended by over 210 filmmakers and industry guests from over 21 countries around the globe."
Looking forward to experiencing what Noah Cowan and the amazing team have for this year's festival.

April 24 | New York City, NY


"The Tribeca Disruptive Innovation awards focuses on breakthroughs occurring at the intersection of technology and culture, where frequent clashes and resistance to change impede social progress and solutions for some of the world’s most vexing problems."
Loved being a part of this event several years back. 
Craig Hatkoff and his team do a fantastic job curating new ideas.

May 14 | Santa Clara, CA


"Each spring, the Anita Borg Institute hosts an awards banquet to celebrate the accomplishments of three prominent women technologists whose lifetime achievements have significantly advanced the field of computing." 
Honored they asked me to keynote this event. All people interested in women/tech, join us. 
Read more and get tix here.


TEDWomen 2015

May 27-29, 2015 | Monterey, CA

"TEDWomen is a three-day conference about the power of women and girls to be creators and change-makers. The program of speakers, workshops, events — and daring discussions — has sparked some of TED's most iconic moments yet." 
-TEDWomen is such an inspiring event curated by Goddess Pat Mitchell. Highly recommend. More info here

Reflections on Jewish Fathers JCCEastBay

June 11 | Berkeley, CA


- This will be a hamisha event the week leading up to Father's Day where ED Of the East Bay JCC Amy Tobin and I will talk about our Jewish fathers influences on our work and guide audience members in writing their own Six-Word Memoirs about a father or father figure. 
Tickets on sale tomorrow. All info can be found here.

July 25 | Aspen, CO


The mission of the AspenBrainLab is to nurture and delight the Brains and Minds of a growing community of 21st century global citizens. This event is in partnership with The Aspen Institute.
I will be speaking here along with Walter Isaacson, 14 Tibetan Monks, and others. This is my favorite subject- and very much looking forward to presenting and absorbing.

Future of Storytelling

Oct 7-8 | NYC


"The Future of StoryTelling summit (FoST) was founded on the belief that stories—in the broadest sense of the word—shape the meaning and momentum of everyday life." 
It's a fantastic and unusual gathering. 

Design Matters Podcast


"Design Matters with Debbie Millman is a thought-provoking internet podcast hosted by Debbie Millman that profiles graphic designers, artists, writers and educators." 
- Love this podcast. Looking forward to being in conversation with her in April:)



"Momstamp is a new social recommendation site where "friends can recommend their most trusted service providers, schools, camps and classes to their friends and friends of friends. Currently launching in LA but expanding to other cities soon." 
- Co-founded by one of my BFF's Julie Hermlin. It's such a great service! Can't wait for it to come to SF. Those of you mommas in LA, check it out.



"Life's not one big joyride. There are bumps & misadventures along the way. 
Share yours here. It just might lighten the load." 
- This is a very funny addictive new app by good friend Julie Drazen!  


Ornish Living


"Ornish Living is for anyone who is interested in leading a healthful lifestyle. We’ve found that when you make healthy choices, you feel better quickly, and feeling better is what makes these choices more sustainable." 
- This site is so fresh itself...thank you Dean & Anne Ornish and Editorial Director Rachel Lehmann-Haupt. 

Our Film Brain Power on Alaska Airlines


- Our film Brain Power about early child brain development is playing on Alaska Airlines flights starting in May 2015 :) Happy to be playing in the skies;) 


"i.amPULS is a whole new experience built from the wrist up." 
- The next iteration of wearables...

Bjork, Vulnicura


"Vulnicura is given sonic texture by Bjork's lush string arrangements and the skittering beats of co-producer Arca. It's disarming yet reassuring to hear the Icelandic icon’s stratospheric voice wailing bluntly about recognizable human emotions." 
- Bjork is one of my favorite artists. She always takes her work and us to new places.

Wise Sons Delicatessen, San Francisco


"Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen is dedicated to building community through traditional Jewish comfort food. Located in San Francisco’s Mission District, Wise Sons pairs classic Jewish recipes with the best Californian ingredients to make delicious deli fare that would make their bubbies proud."  
- Love their food and the building their kitchen was housed in recently endured a fire. Please give them extra support now by checking out their amazing Jew food. Visit them here.

36 Questions


"36 Questions and 4 minutes later, will you fall in love? Based on research conducted by Dr. Arthur Aron these 36 questions were designed to accelerate intimacy between strangers (or not so strangers)." 
- I highly recommend trying this with someone you love or want to fall more deeply into...

Sewing Hope


"This is the inspiring story of Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, who dedicated her life to helping girls formerly held captive by warlord Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army. Since 2002, Sister Rosemary has enrolled more than 2,000 brave girls in her school and taught them to make their own clothes, grow their own food, learn a valuable trade, and show mercy to others that are less fortunate." Purchase one of their bags here.
-Sister Nyirumbe's work is so important. Please join me in supporting her and all the girls she nurtures.

Things to Read

(devoured all of these books. Highly recommend)


by Nick Bostrom


"Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life." Read more...

Even This I Get to Experience

by Norman Lear


"In EVEN THIS I GET TO EXPERIENCE, Lear opens up with all the candor, humor, and wisdom to be expected from one of America’s greatest living storytellers." Read more...

Plus One 

by Christopher Noxon


"Christopher Noxon's debut novel Plus One is a funny-smart Hollywood novel about male householders and female breadwinners in contemporary Los Angeles." Read more here.


Eyes Wide Open
by Noreena Hertz


"Economics authority Professor Noreena Hertz shows us how to make better choices and decisions in all areas of our lives against the backdrop of a supercharged environment in which we are deluged with data, conflicting expert advice, and marketing and political spin." Read more...

Worn Stories

by Emily Spivack


"Everyone has a memoir in miniature in at least one piece of clothing. In Worn Stories, Emily Spivack has collected over sixty of these clothing-inspired narratives from cultural figures and talented storytellers."


In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt. 
                                                   - Margaret Atwood

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