Christina Crook is the award-winning author of The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, which has made her a 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 speaks regularly at organizations, conferences and universities across North America. Recent engagements include Young President’s Association, Cossette, Dovetail Summit, Canadian Internet Marketing Conference, World Vision, Fireside Conference - Canada's largest invite-only tech summit. Christina is a member of the Media Ecology Association and sits on the board of Second Nature Journal, the publication of the Institute for the Study of Technology and Christianity.
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, Thomas, and Caleb 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 once shared their home with another family of five. (That’s a whole story on its own.) They split their Sunday mornings between the Meeting House Church and the Newman Catholic Centre at the University of Toronto. In her spare time you can find Christina out rowing or flying brightly coloured kites with her family on the lakeshore.
Christina is currently at work on a new manuscript inspired by Henri Nouwen’s over 40 books on the spiritual life.