Christina Crook is an award-winning author and in-demand speaker with engagements including the Young Presidents’ Organization, World Vision and the All Tech is Human Summit. Her book, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, helped pioneer the field of digital well-being and established her as a leading voice on technology and human flourishing. Her commentary on technology and daily life has appeared in international media, including The New York Times, Psychology Today, BBC.com and Glamor Brasil.
Christina is widely considered the leader of the global #JOMO movement and is a founding member of the Digital Wellness Collective. Christina co-leads JOMO + Digital Mindfulness Retreats, a series of events designed to help digitally weary attendees learn to have a healthier relationship with technology and hosts the JOMOcast podcast, which explores how to live joyfully in a digital age.
Through her speaking and writing, Christina 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.
She’s 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.
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 mission is to advocate for a human-centered future, one that embraces weakness, recognizes the mess and fruit of relationship, and values embodiment.
Most importantly, Christina is married to Michael with whom she has three children: Madeleine, Thomas, and Caleb. Here she is learning to embrace the good burdens of life and the value of what Kathleen Norris names the “quotidian mysteries” (also known as “doing the dishes.”) They make their home in Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood where they host an annual pumpkin carving party and once shared their home with another family of five. (That’s a whole story on its own.)
In her spare time you can find Christina out rowing or flying brightly coloured kites with her family on the lakeshore.