Tiffany Shlain

UC Berkeley's 2010 Commencement speech calls for Moxie. Honored by Newsweek as one of the "Women Shaping the 21st Century," Tiffany Shlain is an acclaimed filmmaker, artist, founder of The Webby Awards, co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute.

Few people could appreciate the use of tweets and text messages more than keynote speaker Tiffany Shlain who addressed a sold-out audience of 11,500 people. Shlain noted that the World Wide Web was in its infancy when she graduated from UC Berkeley in 1992. Director Shlain urged graduates to take risks and tackle challenges in life with "moxie -- a mixture of being bold, fearless and a little outrageous," and recounted times in her career when she was able to get doors to open for her with such an approach. Sunday marked the first time that Commencement Convocation was held at the 11,500-seat Haas Pavilion. The event, traditionally held at the Greek Theatre, which seats 7,200, was relocated to accommodate a greater demand for tickets.

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Tiffany Shlain

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Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, artist, founder of the Webby Awards, and co-founder of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. A celebrated thinker and catalyst, Tiffany…


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Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, artist, founder of the Webby Awards, and co-founder of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. A celebrated thinker and catalyst, Tiffany is known for her ability to illuminate complex ideas in culture, science, technology and life through her unique films, dynamic talks, and innovative projects. She delivered the campus-wide keynote commencement address at UCBerkeley and her films and work have received 50 awards and distinctions including a “Disruptive Innovation Award” from the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. Her last four films premiered at Sundance, including her 2011 acclaimed feature documentary, "Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology," which The New York Times hailed as “Incredibly engaging” and “Examining Everything From the Big Bang to Twitter,” and The US State Department just selected as one of the films to represent America at embassies around the world for their 2012 American Film Showcase. She is currently working on a film series which is paving the way for a new kind of collaborative filmmaking she and her film studio call CLOUD FILMMAKING. The series, titled Let it Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change, will include 16 short 2 to 10-minute films over the next 4 years about important aspects of life. Each of these films both invites participants to send in videos from their cell phones and after the film is completed her team them makes free customized versions for non-profits all over the world. The first film in the series, "A Declaration of Interdependence," with music by Moby, has been translated into 65 languages and she has made 100 customized versions. The new film in the series just released is "Engage" which looks at the importance of engaging in society. Please view these both if you are interested in receiving a free customized version for your organization. The third film in the series "Brain Power: From Synapses to Hyperlinks," looks at new research on how to best grow children’s brains and applies this to thinking about the best way to grow the global brain of the internet. "Brain Power" is both a 10 minute film and a TED Book and will premiere at Nov 8th at The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco at the Imagine Science Film Festival in NYC. Tiffany is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, and member of the advisory board for The Prince of Wales Fellowship at MIT, MIT-IBM Network Science Research Center, The Institute for the Future and she was invited to advise Secretary State Hillary Clinton about the internet and technology.

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