“My daughter & friends deleted all their social apps for the week. She didn’t really miss it and hasn’t decided if she'd download again. Thank you Max!”

— Israel S. Parent , City and Country Day School 


As Head of Education for the Center for Humane Technology, Max delivers a variety of impactful keynotes on the way technology and social media are impacting our lives.

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“I don't know what you said to the students at Lab School, but thank you! My daughter ended the Snapchat streaks she's been keeping for a year!”



— Speeches & Keynotes —


Tech & Education

"Education in The Age of Distraction" is a speech designed for educators and parents, Max illustrates some of the specific ways technology is designed to be addictive & distracting, highlights how that's impacting our minds, gives an overview of how students are using social media, and gives recommendations on how to improve focus and diminish distraction in learning environments. This keynote concludes with open space to discuss what’s working and not working in our classrooms and households.

“We’ve Been Sneaking Into Your Brains” Is a similar keynote that’s adapted for students. Max illustrates some of the specific ways technology is designed to be addictive & distracting, provides tools to help combat these designs, and opens up for a much needed discussion among peers about the impact of phones & social media on our lives. Max has a version of this talk for middle schoolers, for high schoolers, and for college students.

Speaking Clients


Rethinking Tech

“Move Slow & Cherish” is a keynote for startups, product designers, and CEO’s. For the first time in history, a handful of product designers at a small number of companies disproportionately influence the thoughts, emotions, and actions of two billion people every day. How can we ethically go about that grave responsibility?

“The New Gatekeepers” Is a keynote designed for people in the news and media industries. As the gatekeepers to how a majority of human beings consume information have shifted from human to algorithmic, news and media desperately need to adapt to our new information-abundant attention-scarce world. This keynote outlines some of the key problems and invites us to reevaluate how to approach news and media in 2019 and beyond.

Speaking Clients

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"Moved is the right word. I left wanting to change things. I left feeling differently about my relationship to tech. Max really opened my eyes."



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