Christina Crook is the award-winning author of The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, which has made her leading voice on human flourishing in the digital age.
Through her speaking and writing, she reveals how key shifts in our thinking can enable us to draw closer to one another, taking up the good burdens of local work and responsibilities. She writes about the value of focus, making space to create, and the meaning we find in more limited connections. She challenges the Western values of power, control, and success, revealing how wonder, trust, and discipline are central to the experience of being human and the keys to our joy.
Her commentary on technology and our daily lives has appeared across the world, including the New York Times, Psychology Today, Women's Health, Times of India, NPR, CBC Radio, AARP, CTV, Glamour Brasil, and more.
Crook has worked for some of Canada’s most recognized media organizations, including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Rogers Digital Media. She is a graduate of the Simon Fraser University School of Communication and her TEDx talk, “Letting Go of Technology: Pursuing a People-focused Future,” was presented as part of the 2013 Global TEDWomen conference.
Christina’s overarching passion is to advocate for a human-centered future, one that embraces weakness, recognizes the mess and fruit of relationship, and values embodiment.
She is influenced by the work of Jean Vanier, Henri Nouwen, philosopher Albert Borgmann, Jen Pollock Michel, Wendell Berry, poet Christian Wiman, Brené Brown, Wired founding editor Kevin Kelly, Tristan Harris, Dr. Read Schuchardt and Susan A. David.
Most importantly, Christina is mom to Madeleine (8,) Thomas (6,) and Caleb (4) where she is learning to embrace her own weakness, experiencing the mess and fruit of relationship, and discovering the value of what Kathleen Norris calls the “quotidian mysteries” (also known as “doing the dishes.”) They make their home in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood where they’re currently co-living with another family of five. (That’s a whole story on its own.) They are members of Grace Toronto Church and good friends of the Newman Catholic Centre at the University of Toronto.
In 2017, Christina pioneered the first writing residency at the Henri Nouwen Society and is currently at work on a new manuscript inspired by Nouwen’s over 40 books on the spiritual life.
Christina speaks at organizations, conferences and universities across North America. Recent speaking engagements include Cossette, Dovetail Summit, Canadian Internet Marketing Conference, World Vision Canada, Fireside Conference - Canada's largest invite-only tech summit, Nexus student conference at Yale, and the Social Media and Human Flourishing Colloquium at McGill University in Montreal.
In her spare time you can find Christina out rowing or flying brightly coloured kites with her family on the lakeshore.