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Tiffany Shlain: The Power of Unplugging

Presented by Commonwealth Club at The Outdoor Art Club, Mill Valley CA

Oct 02 2019
Tiffany Shlain: The Power of Unplugging

Webby Award Winner shows how to reclaim your life with a day off from tech each week

Technology has made our lives infinitely easier. We can manage our lives, our jobs, our hobbies, our entertainment and even our relationships from the palm of our hands.

But is it all too much, particularly for families with kids? And how can we exert some control over the technology and devices that increasingly dominate our lives?

Internet pioneer, Webby Award Winner and Silicon Valley creative force Tiffany Shlain has some answers.

In her first book, 24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week, Shlain explores how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body and soul. This practice, which she’s done for nearly a decade with her Marin County-based family, has completely changed their lives, giving them more time, productivity, connection and presence. She and her family call it “technology Shabbat.”

With humor and wisdom, Shlain’s book shares her personal story, offers lessons she has learned and provides a blueprint for how others can adopt the practice. Along the way, she delves into the neuroscience, philosophy, psychology and history of a weekly day of rest across cultures, making the case for why we urgently need to bring this ritual back in our technology-saturated lives.

Please join us for a special night about not only compelling personal story but a far-reaching examination of the complex world we’ve created and how we go about rebalancing ourselves, our families and our society.


An Emmy-nominated filmmaker and speaker, Shlain has landed four of her films at the Sundance Film Festival. Most notably, her films have represented the U.S. at embassies around the globe. As the founder of Let it Ripple based in San Francisco, she creates films through current events and issues.

Shlain has delivered keynotes at Google and Harvard and has been a closing speaker with TEDMED, an annual conference focusing on health and medicine. She has offered her expertise on technology with ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Additionally, Shlain has been a special contributor for Harvard Business Review.  Shlain is currently on the Leadership Board of The Center on Media and Child Health at Harvard’s Boston Children’s Hospital.


General Admission:
$25 – Member
$35 – Nonmember

Premium (seating in the first few rows):
$35 – Member
$45 – Nonmember

Student:  $10

Plus ticket processing fees

Contact: (415) 597-6705

    Official Website

Additional time info:

7:00 pm – Check-in and complimentary light hors d’oeuvres
7:30–9:00 pm – Program


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