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The Work Of Tiffany Shlain

In today’s day and
age there is a lot of noise, and it is unrelenting. Sometimes that noise bubbles to a decibel that drowns out common sense (the latest election being a case in point); rationale becomes muted, an iPhone alert in a room of grandfather clocks. To make oneself heard, one must be tactical, entering into the noise sideways, capturing attention by virtue of being different.

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Webby Awards Founder Tiffany Shlain Tackles Gender Inequality

It’s no secret there is gender inequality in the workplace, and Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain is on a mission to show how and why gender equality “is better for the world.” she says.

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Tiffany Shlain and 50/50 Day Push for Worldwide Gender Equity

The number of current female heads of state has more than doubled since 2000, but it’s still markedly low: women lead less than 10 percent of the 193 UN member nations. Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards Tiffany Shlain aims to raise awareness of that leadership disparity with 50/50 Day, a global push for worldwide gender equality.

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Gender Equality Going Coast-to-Coast

Do you believe that gender equality in the workplace is possible? How about in the home or in politics? We’ve moved forward in so many ways over the years, yet at the sametime we’ve also taken huge steps backwards.

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25 Documentary Filmmakers to Follow on Twitter


A couple of years back, we highlighted a number of documentary filmmakers to follow on Twitter, but given that we are living in what seems to be the heyday of nonfiction filmmaking, we felt it was high time for an updated list. It’s an eclectic and impressive group responsible for some of our favorite documentaries, including “The Crash Reel,” “The Act of Killing” and the “Paradise Lost” series.


Untitled Magazine: #GirlPower Issue 8

WHEN IT COMES TO EMPOWERING WOMEN, Internet pioneer and filmmaker Tiffany Shlain says that technology will “give them the tools to do whatever they want to do, whatever they dream of doing.” It’s strange that some people are still taken by surprise when girls express interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). But a percentage of our population still believes that applied science and technology should be, and have historically been male-centric fields. When in fact, women pioneered many of the ideas and technologies around which entire industries exist today.


Build Your Character (at Least for a Day)



Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker, on why we need more time to develop our inner selves.

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BCBG: The New Guard




This fall, get to know some of the country’s most interesting women. Join us and become inspired as they talk ambition, life paths and personal style.

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Top 10 Amazing (Recent) Findings on Character Strengths


As a tribute to the
upcomingCharacter Day(link is external) which promotes the science of character strengths around the world, I’m sharing 10 recent research studies on VIA character strengths(link is external). Since the science of character strengths has exploded in the last decade and a half, we have gained plenty of new knowledge about these core positive qualities in human beings.


Project for Women: New Influencers

On September 18, 2015, the world will join Emmy-nominated filmmaker
Tiffany Shlain for Character Day- a day of thousands of events around the globe where people will simultaneously premiere short powerful and entertaining films, dive into resources from scientists, educators and media experts, and join an online Google Hangout exploring how to live meaningful, successful and purposeful lives in today’s 24/7 world. This event marks one of the dynamic and intricate ways Tiffany continues to capture and captivate her audience with meaningful observations, guidance, and conversations about how life in the technical world can be alive, innovative, purposeful, and grateful.


What Makes a Mensch? A ‘Digital Diva’ Wants to Know



By Gabe Friedman

(JTA) — “Our technology has exceeded our humanity,” Albert Einstein is said to have lamented. But filmmaker Tiffany Shlain — who utilizes an online, collaborative process and distribution method she dubs “cloud filmmaking” — says it’s possible that technology, used correctly, can enhance our humanity.

As a testament to Shlain’s methods, as well as her rise to becoming one of the most influential filmmakers in the American Jewish world, her latest film, “The Making of a Mensch,” will be shown in more than 4,000 Jewish schools, synagogues, and other organizations across the country during the High Holidays.


CNET: Celebrating 20 Years of Tech



We’ve come a long way, baby.

The Internet has become an infinitely more exciting place since The Webby Awards started back in 1997. It is now a place where short films can be used to spark global conversations.
I don’t remember the astronauts landing on the moon, but I’ll never forget the moment I first encountered the World Wide Web…


Diversity in Action: Technology Through a Filmmaker’s Lens









The Times of Israel: US filmmaker is calling all mensches


JTA — Have you ever wondered if you could scientifically become more of a mensch? Or do you want to be featured in a film by a renowned Internet innovator? Either way, Tiffany Shlain has you covered.

The award-winning Bay Area filmmaker — who is also known for founding the Webby Awards and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences — is making a Jewish companion film to her short “The Science of Character,” which delves into practical and scientific ways that we can all improve our character traits.


Looking into the Future with Tiffany Shlain



San Francisco filmmaker Tiffany Shlain is so creative, so driven and so cutting-edge — Newsweek named her “one of the women shaping the 21st century” — that if she weren’t also such a warm and engaging person, she would make my head explode. And that scene would probably make it into one of her films, hopefully in animated rather than live-action format.

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Mill Valley filmmaker documents her dying father’s struggle to finish his last book

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Discover where 21st-century humanity stands in series ‘The Future Starts Here’


“The Future Starts Here,” an online series with eight five-minute episodes, is packed with rapidly delivered information and kaleidoscopic animation. It explores ways humans can train their minds to attain social freedom and earthly awareness by using the powers of technology and media instead of being controlled by them. As the average human attention span keeps on getting shorter, “The Future Starts Here” presents itself like a red pill: realistic, therapeutic and easy to swallow.

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‘The Future Starts Here’ Season Two, Episode Five: ‘TransBoom’, Watch It Now!

Who are we? How do we define ourselves? In the past this was something that on the surface appeared to be set in stone, but as the world has grown smaller our knowledge and understanding of who we really are has grown exponentially.

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Untangling Your Digital Life














Unplugging her devices for 24 hours on the weekend has “had a profound effect on my happiness,” says Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain.

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We all know and feel that science and technology are transforming how we work, love, and play. Our lives are being affected inside and out: how our brain works, how we communicate, connect and create, how we parent and politic, how we learn and heal and die, our lifestyle and culture. There are techno-utopians who think this is the be-all end-all and techno-dystopians who think this is simply the end. And then there are the wise explorers and explicators of the present who encourage us to think hopefully and responsibly about where we are headed.

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Web to Watch: 5 Best videos of the week



Emmy-nominated documentary series The Future Starts Here returns for Season 2 on AOL. Webby Awards founder and filmmaker Tiffany Shlain takes a creative, personal and heartfelt approach to explaining ideas in the field of technology and science. The first four episodes are live now and cover everything from the science of dreaming toGoogle Glass.

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Tiffany Shlain on Main Street, Park City







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Tiffany Shlain’s ‘The Future Starts Here’ Debuts Season Two On AOL


Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards, is back with more ruminations on how tech and science affect our lives. Season two of her artistic and fascinating The Future Starts Here series debuted on October 23, 2014, on AOL On.

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Tiffany Shlain Explains it all

 New Online Series Investigates the Science of Creativity


Over the past decade or so, designers are integrating technology into their work more than ever. Software such as the best iPad apps for designers has caused creatives to use technology for inspiration, creativity and productivity. ‘The Future Starts Here with @TiffanyShlain‘ is an Emmy-nominated series that explores how science and technology is influencing your creativity.

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‘The Future Starts Here’ Season Two, Episode One: ‘A Case For Dreaming’


Why do we dream? Well, it’s not just to pass the time while you’re sleeping. In fact, the latest research suggests that the most important part of your day might be the hours you spend doing… nothing.

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The stunning @tiffanyshlain on the red carpet. #FutureStartsHere premieres 10/23!














What’s Essential to your Creative Process?











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Hit up AOL







Season 2 Press Release

Continuing her exploration of what it means to be human in an increasingly connected world, Webby Awards founder and acclaimed filmmaker Tiffany Shlain will kick off the second season of her Emmy-nominated AOL series The Future Starts Here with @TiffanyShlain on October 23rd, 2014.

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The 50 Best Documentaries Streaming on Netflix 2014


One thing Netflix is quietly doing very well is streaming some of the best documentaries of the last few years. Nearly all of our favorite documentaries of 2013 are now available on the streaming service. But it’s not always easy finding the best of Netflix’s broad documentary selection. So here are our updated picks for the 50 Best Documentaries Streaming on Netflix in 2014.

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Renewed Series Sizzle Reel










#Candidly Nicole, Hardwired, The Future Starts Here and City Ballet Streaming This Fall



Great news for #Candidly Nicole, Hardwired, The Future Starts Here and City.Ballet fans: You’ll be able to see more of these shows online this fall. AOL announced the renewal of the four Web series this morning.

The shows collectively received 75 million views last season. They also did well on other platforms and on social media.

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AOL Renews Four Web Series



AOL has renewed four of its original web series for second seasons on the AOL On network.

Returning to the digital video platform are #CandidlyNicole, starring Nicole Richie, based on her Twitter feed; city.ballet, a look at the world of the New York City Ballet from executive producer Sarah Jessica Parker; Hardwired 2.0, an examination of tech trends with host iJustine; and The Future Stars Here, a docuseries from Webby awards founder Tiffany Shlain.

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AOL Announces Renewal of Four Original Web Series for 2014



AOL (NYSE: AOL) announced today that it will renew four of its original web series for The AOL On Network, the company’s premium video platform. Three of the shows returning for a second season bring back their first-season advertisers — with “city.ballet.” from executive producer Sarah Jessica Parker returning with Citi and popular technology-themed shows “Hardwired” and “The Future Starts Here” pre-selling to first-season sponsor Verizon.

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Tiffany Shlain Receives Support From The Bezos Family Foundation For Her “Science Of Character”



Prize winning filmmaker Tiffany Shlain producer of the  ‘Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change’ series,  has reportedly been the recipient of moral as well as financial support from the Bezos Family Foundation on the release of her latest short film entitled ‘The Science of Character.’

The eight minute film was produced by Ms. Shlain to mark  the first annual ‘Character Day’  and will be simultaneously  premiered online as well as hundreds of schools, public institutions and a number of other relevant venue locations around the world on Thursday, March 20th, 2014.

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Future Fun




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Tiffany on Panel at Imagine Science FF 2013 – Storyboarding Data













Interview with Tiffany Shlain










Tiffany Shlain chats with Gadi Elkon about her new AOL series and much more.

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BACK TO THE FUTURE: A Web Series Dissects our Digital Lives









Tiffany Shlain thinks you’re probably tech-stipated. “What’s that?” you ask? It’s when your various in-boxes and feeds are so clogged with messages and updates that you Just. Can’t. Get. Through. Them.

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Tiffany Shlain on the Web, Women and Unplugging for Shabbat



Tiffany Shlain has a lot of ideas.

But until fairly recently, the 43-year-old founder of the Webby Awards was reluctant to own them on film. No longer — in her new web-series, “The Future Starts Here,” which premiered October 11 on AOL, Shlain is loud, proud and vocal about thoughts ranging from 21st century motherhood, to acceptable online etiquette (hint: Emails masquerading as the great American novel are a no-no.)

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Parenthood Remixed – Tiffany Shlain on her new film, ‘Motherhood Remixed’










Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, the founder of the Webby Awards, mother, and filmmaker, has launched a new series on AOL called The Future Starts Here. One of the films in the series is called Motherhood Remixed, and it’s about the changing roles of mothers over the past century. Recently I sat down with Tiffany, who is also a good friend, for a conversation about the film and how the changing roles of mothers are affecting the shape of the 21st-century family.

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Watch: Do We Need a Break from Technology? The Answer, in Web Series ‘The Future Starts Here’



Writer, director, innovator and public speaker Tiffany Shlain is perhaps best known as the founder of The Webby Awards. Establishing an organization devoted to honoring the “best of the Internet” back in 1996, when CompuServe and AOL were still the major internet players and the majority of Americans had yet to get online, was an optimistic move and Shlain continues to exude optimism.

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Tiffany Shlain Explains Technobabble



San Francisco filmmaker, TED talker, and expert meme-inventor Tiffany Shlain is back to explain the yin and yang of technology, this time with a new web series, The Future Starts Here, about our co-evolution with tech. The series premieres this Friday, October 11th for the AOL On Network. Here she defines some of her latest go-to terms.

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Why Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain Has Given Up on Movie Theaters




Making an eight-episode series for AOL changed Shlain’s approach to releasing movies.

Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker first and a technologist second. The co-founder of the Webby Awards went to film school, learned to edit movies by splicing actual film, and has made more than a dozen films in her life. Yet Shlain is ready to move past the movie theater after shooting eight episodes of a new series for AOL, which she considers eight short films.

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Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain – Forging a Powerful Dialogue through Film




















Video Friday: Return of the Robot Ape, Anki Drive Battle Mode, and Why We Love Robots



Enjoy these lighthearted and fun robotics videos while you can, because we’re slowly but surely creeping up on
IROS and IREX. As of November third, it’s going to be all serious business, as we embrace insanity by attempting to bring you one of the world’s largest research robotics conferences and the world’s largest robot exhibition at the same time.

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A Big Brain




Marin Magazine – A Big Brain: Mill Valley’s Tiffany Shlain is premiering her latest film project and TED Book this month.

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Global Brain, Global Heart


“… She is the proof in the pudding concerning the work she is doing and its value to society as a whole.” –
Jacob Devaney

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How do you make a movie in the cloud?


Cloud Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain talks about making movies in the cloud. She speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Market Makers.”


Nonprofits: Steal This Film For Your Own Purposes:

Tiffany Shlain, a filmmaker perhaps best known for the documentary
Connected and for founding the Webby Awards, is turning into a fairy godmother for nonprofits in need of new ways to get out their messages. Her latest 10-minute film, Brain Power, could help childhood development-related nonprofits solicit donations, volunteers, and anything else they might need.

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Tiffany Shlain: Net’s Growth Like Brain


Just how far along is the Internet in its development? That’s one of the questions posed in the short film “Brain Power,” the latest production from Tiffany Shlain and the Moxie Institute, the film studio she founded.

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‘Brain Power’ Film and TED Book Parallel the Mindful Growth of a Child’s Brain and the Internet



Last year, my team at the Moxie Institute and I created Let It Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change, a cloud filmmaking series that invites people from around the world to collaboratively create short films focused on the social, cultural and political issues that connect us as humans. We create custom versions of these films and donate them to nonprofit organizations working to inspire positive change in the world.

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How the Internet is Shaping Our “Global Brain”




Blog Post by Director Tiffany Shlain – The South Africans have a beautiful philosophy called Ubuntu, which translates as “I am what I am because of who we all are.” This is a perfect way to think about the way a brain develops, influenced by its surrounding people and experiences…

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Which Is More Complicated, The ENTIRE Internet, Or One Child’s Brain?


The Internet is very young as a form of human interaction. It’s still in a phase of rapid growth and change. If the Internet were a human being, it would be a toddler. Both the Web and children are hugely shaped by our actions as adults.

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Tell the Parents


Sir Ken Robinson, international expert on creativity and education, has said that “we are all born creative” but “creativity gets squeezed out of us” about the 4th grade… So what happens on the way from childhood to adulthood?

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Tiffany Shlain On Mindfulness, the Internet & Her Latest Creation, “Brain Power”


“What do you think is the fastest way to make change…by group consensus or by one person?”

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Crowdsourcing is Creating the Cloud Filmmaking Revolution


The Internet and movie makers have collided, and the result is a cloud film-making revolution.

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Makers Profile Tiffany Shlain – Filmmaker









Election Day Is a Perfect Time to Think About Our Interdependence


The Fourth of July is about our Declaration of Independence from England 236 years ago, so what if Election Day, on November 6, could be a Declaration of Interdependence: to each other, to our country, to the world and us as a species?

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