Tiffany Shlain has been honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century.” As a filmmaker, founder of The Webby Awards, co-founder of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, Shlain’s work in film and technology has received 48 awards and distinctions and her last four films premiered at Sundance. Her new acclaimed feature documentary, “Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology,“ explores what it means to be “connected” in the 21st century.
Tiffany also finds time to do charity work and volunteer. Below, Tiffany details some of her favorite organizations, and why she’s involved:
The Hope Phones campaign speaks to so many things I care about: Interdependence, empowering people with technology, recycling … and making the world’s knowledge accessible to all. The Hope Phones campaign gives old mobiles new life on the front lines of global healthcare. Half a million phones are discarded in the United States every day, polluting our environment. But these phones can have a greater value. Through responsible recycling initiatives, we fund Medic Mobile’s healthcare projects and connect communities worldwide.
For more than 90 years, Planned Parenthood has promoted a commonsense approach to women’s health and well-being, based on respect for each individual’s right to make informed, independent decisions about health, sex, and family planning.
826 Valencia is a non-profit organization in the U.S. dedicated to supporting students ages six to 18 with their writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. I love the education and support what 826 offers to the youth today in finding their voice and reaffirming that their voice matters.
We need to recognize all the voices and perspectives in the world. For too long, only men were represented. I remember when I was studying film history at UC Berkeley, only men were highlighted in the books. I had to dig very deep to find pioneering women filmmakers—and by the way, I found them! IMOW ensures that women artists from around the world are highlighted.
For more from Tiffany Shlain on genConnect:
- ‘Connected’ Director Tiffany Shlain Takes Weekly Technology Shabbats
- Film Director Tiffany Shlain: ‘Connected’ Documentary (VIDEO)
- Tiffany Shlain Describes the Concept of “Connected”
- Tiffany Shlain on Creating the Webby Awards
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