The Durable Human was founded in 2009 as a platform to inspire adults and children to cherish, strengthen, and protect their unique human assets, capabilities, and perspectives in a complex and increasingly digital world.
To be a durable human is to act to be long-lasting and effective in mind, body, spirit, and your relationships.
Message from the Founder
Jenifer Joy Madden
I’ve been a student of humanity for a while now
After noodling through life as a health journalist, digital media educator, community advocate, and parent, I’ve developed strategies so we each can be our most durable and our species is neither sidelined nor superseded.
Why I’m qualified to be the messenger:
As a health communicator, I’ve put words in the mouths of broadcast news luminaries including ABC anchors Ted Koppel, Peter Jennings, and Paula Zahn of “The Health Show”. I’ve appeared on the TEDx stage and in a host of online news outlets and print publications, from Tech Republic to The Washington Post.
I have the privilege to work each year with eager, talented TV journalism students as Lead Adjunct professor of the Washington, D.C. Capstone of Syracuse University’s digital and broadcast news reporting graduate program.
I also teach wise parenting and empowering tech hygiene practices worldwide on Teachable as well as in person to individual parents and groups, either indoors or in walks through nature. As an award-winning community advocate, I’ve spearheaded efforts to build community- and wellbeing-enhancing walking and biking trails near Washington, D.C.
But my proudest accomplishment, by far, is escorting three wonderful children into durable adulthood.
Edith Cobb is an author and philosopher whose vast interests included sciences of all kinds, literature, poetry, and the arts. In her greatest work, The Ecology of Imagination in Childhood, she explains how adult creativity and productivity derive directly from the play and exploration of childhood. Cobb has been called “the renaissance ideal of the amateur, the dilettante, who delights in the pursuit of understanding, as opposed to the dispassionate ‘expert.’” I think I’m like that, too.
My life’s work and experience have been distilled into two books (so far): The Durable Human Manifesto: Practical Wisdom for Living and Parenting in the Digital World and How To Be a Durable Human: Revive and Thrive in the Digital Age Through the Power of Self-Design.
Download a free e-copy of the Manifesto here.