Watch “2.5 Minutes With genConnect” With Internet Pioneer and Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain.
Tiffany Shlain sat down with us during the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival. Shlain is the creator of the Webby Awards. Launched in 1996 (when the web was considered by many to be an infant), the Webby Awards honors excellence on the Internet by acknowledging superior web sites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile.
The Webbys are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and welcomes high-profile presenters and speakers including political columnist and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington, “one of the fathers of the Internet” Vint Cerf, and Virgin Atlantic Chairman Richard Branson.
Today, 15 years after the launch of the Webbys, nearly 1 billion people are online. The web not only engages people emotionally – particularly via web video – but we now have direct ways to act on that emotion, such as texting a donation to victims of last year’s earthquake in Haiti. “In many ways, the web has provided the world with a central nervous system,” Shlain says.
Shlain is now doing filmmaking full-time online, with her “sweet spot” being “the Internet, plus film and social change.”
“I think it’s an incredibly exciting time to be alive, certainly to be a filmmaker,” she says. Watch:
For more videos from the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival:
- John Doerr on the ‘Next Big Deal’ Since the Internet
- Kamala Harris: ‘Safe Crossing the Cyber Street’
- Creativity and Innovation Expert Sir Ken Robinson on Passions and Achievements
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