I truly feel that everyone in the audience that day was inspired to be more present in their daily lives.  I know I was.  Chris’ story is something that everyone, young and old, should hear.
— Leland High School, Leland, MI

About the Talk

For years I woke up every morning, rolled over and checked my phone. Just like everyone else I was always plugged in. I couldn't imagine my life without my phone. It was fast, easy, reliable, entertaining and necessary. But still something didn’t feel right. My hyperconnected life made me feel lonely, dissatisfied and anxious. I wasn’t sleeping well, I struggled to focus, I had thousands of ‘friends’ but few real friendships.

I decided to walk coast-to-coast across America to find out if other people were dealing with same problem. Over 210 days, 3,200 miles and 10,827 conversations. By the time I reached the Pacific, I had found out what was at stake for us all: connection to ourselves and the world around us.

Our devices have become more than just tools, they have become masks, distractions and addictions. While we perceive phones as great connectors, they  often have the opposite effect, isolating and hindering personal growth. When we turn off our phones, we reconnect with ourselves and begin to grow in patience, empathy and happiness.

 


host Let's Talk

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The presentation will inspire schools and organizations to become aware of their own digital usage and reimagine what exists beyond the screen.

In an age where digital media consumes us, my mission is to encourage us to reconsider the importance of our actions.

The presentation begins with a showing of the 10 minute Let’s Talk documentary. I will go on to give an entertaining explanation of my walk and the role of phones in our lives.

I will conclude by giving the audience practical tips to manage their own digital usage and help them strike a healthy balance that will change their lives. Afterwards, I would be happy to answer any questions.

Chris delivers an important message in an engaging and meaningful way. After his visit to our school, social skills and respect for others have improved.
— Highland Park Middle School, Dallas, Texas
The kids were riveted which is difficult to achieve with 6-12 graders. He was relevant and relatable.
— Suttons Bay High School, Michigan
Chris spoke to our students on a level they could relate too. His message was not a lecture, but instead encouraged students to think about the choices they were making in their lives.
— Clare High School, Michigan

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