Durable Human (2 book series)


SXSW EDU 2024 Presentation:

“Log-off and Learn: Healing the Broken Classroom”

Digital Wellness Educator Jenifer Joy Madden joins parent activist Lisa Cline of child advocacy powerhouse Fairplay on how and why live teachers still reign superior for best student learning, despite the massive influx of technology in the classroom ushed in during the COVID epidemic. 

They provide 10 Essential Tips for teachers to help students to be more available to learn.

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Austin, Texas


Screen Time Stories Podcast

“Respect the Babies!”

Screen time Stories Podcast episode with Digital Wellness Educator Jenifer Joy Madden

Durable Human founder Jenifer Joy Madden talks with host Julie Tripp on the Screen Time Stories podcast about the latest research on babies, toddlers, and screens. The news is not good, but there are clear steps to take to improve the situation. The bottom line: don’t let screens block the progress of little kids’ brain, body, language, and social development.

Listen to the podcast:


Madison High School Wellness Event

April 11, 2023

Invited guest speaker Jenifer Joy Madden talked about all things wellness and lifelong durability with the Madison High School student wellbeing clubs. She also taught the practical on-the-spot self-calming “Shark Fin” technique.

Feedback from one student:

“The main message that stuck with me was taking time away from you phone to focus on both your physical and mental health. The importance of sleep and controlling your metabolism was also very interesting.”

From a teacher:


“I know the shark fin will be memorable. It seemed like various students were thinking about different practical steps and takeaways you brought up that they could hold onto.”

Great Falls Writer’s Group Book Chat

Featuring Author Jenifer Joy Madden

Thursday, March 9, 2023

11 AM ET

Jenifer Joy Madden, author extraordinaire, will be discussing her books and her life’s work.

Jenifer is a certified digital wellness educator and health communicator. She has written for news outlets including ABC News, Discovery Health Channel, and PBS Healthweek. She is also Syracuse University adjunct professor of Broadcast and Digital Journalism. Jenifer founded the platform DurableHuman.com in 2009, where she ponders how humans and their relationships can stay effective and enduring as technology’s influence grows.

She has written two digital wellness books, is a TEDx speaker, and hosts an online parent education classroom. Her books: “The Durable Human Manifesto: Practical Wisdom for Living and Parenting in the Digital Word,” and “How to Be a Durable Human: Revive and Thrive in the Digital Age Through the Power of Self-Design.”

This promises to be a creative, cutting-edge, downright intriguing conversation, so let’s gather together and whip up our positive energy in the very best of ways.


Free Webinar: “Virtual Autism: What to Look For. What to Do.”

A Q&A with Early Interventionist Lori Frome, M.Ed.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 at 8pm ET

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More information and registration here: Webinar Registration – Zoom


Get Your Family Ready for the Next Normal—One Wellness Habit at a Time

A Digital Wellness Day Presentation

Friday May 7, 2021

12 pm ET

The pandemic has affected families deeply and differently. Digital technology has been a lifeline for communicating, learning, and staying in touch, yet how we’ve used digital devices has affected our physical and emotional well-being in unexpected ways, among them—eyestrain, splintered attention spans, and too much time on the couch. In this interactive session, certified Digital Wellness trainer Jenifer Joy Madden helps you identify simple habits your family can practice to meet your particular wellness needs so you can face the future with clarity and confidence.

Watch the Replay



An online event presented by Turning Life On
Wednesday, November 11, 2020
7:30-9:00 pm ET

Toddlers and preschoolers are always on the move and demanding our full attention. Is it possible they can develop independent play skills at such a young age? Let’s talk about it!

In this casual give and take, chat with Jenifer Joy Madden, author and Digital Wellness expert, to share challenges, successes, and tips in a supportive environment.

Please register here. You will receive a meeting invitation the day before the event.



Author Talk with Audrey Monke of Sunshine Parenting and Jenifer Joy Madden of The Durable Human

“Raising Happy, Durable Kids in the Digital Age”: Surviving and Even Thriving During the Time of Coronavirus

Digital Wellness Day

Friday, May 1, 2020

Noon ET  9am PT

Watch the recording


Let’s Talk About: Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER

Screening and panel discussion featuring Jenifer Joy Madden

Thursday, February 20, 2020

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Kenmore Middle School

200 South Carlin Springs Road Arlington, VA 22204 View Map

Registration and more information here


Flyer for Jenifer Joy Madden at Tysons Chamber event How Tech Pushes Our Buttons and How We Can Push Back

An evening of thought and discussion with The Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, November 7, 2019

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


1660 International Drive, Suite 600
McLean, Virginia  22102

 Registration and more information here


Facebook Live with Tasket Toys

“Blooming Your Baby’s Brain”

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

8:30 p.m. ET

Join us on the

Tasket Toys Facebook page

How can you help grow your baby’s brain in a healthy way and avoid GETTING in the way? Join Tasket Toys CEO Stephanie Donofrio as she get the answers from Durable Human founder Jenifer Joy Madden.

Here’s a link to the event!


Paul VI Alumni Association

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Ellen Dombroski Library

St. Paul VI Catholic High School

10674 Fairfax Blvd. Fairfax, VA 22020

In her presentation, “Stay in Touch with your High School-aged Child” Jenifer shares what it means to be “durable,” effective, and attentive to family, friends, and co-workers in a fast-paced, distractible world. She offers inspiring tips and tricks so you can make the most of your human-only superpowers and build healthy relationships not only with your high-school aged child, but with your own technology.


Our Lady of Good Counsel Family Breakfast

Sunday, February 17, 2019

DeSales Hall

Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church

8601 Wolftrap Road, Vienna, Virginia 22182

After being loving and giving on Valentines, take time to give thanks for your SELF! A fun, interactive reminder of how to keep your gift more durable in body, mind, and spirit!


Sunshine Parenting Podcast

Another chat with summer camp director and host Audrey Monke of the Sunshine Parenting podcast! This time we talk about growing Broccoli Brains and new research about brain development in babyhood. Another great discussion about wise parenting!

Listen HERE


Holistic Moms of Northern Virginia

Tuesday, November 13, 2019

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Fairfax Church of Christ

3901 Rugby Rd, Fairfax, Virginia 22033

Join Jenifer as she presents:

Manage Technology To Raise a Durable Child: The Newest Research Revealed!

Learn about the most important new studies around your child and technology so you can help them be their most balanced, well-rounded, and durable! Join health journalist, TEDx speaker, and tech hygienist Jenifer Joy Madden as she brings us her “Durable Human” philosophy and research-based strategies for introducing kids by age and stage to the digital world. She’ll have tips for managing digital activities in the household, online and in school.

Her practical handouts alone are worth your while, but she’ll also be giving away her 2-book set and a Wild Human t-shirt!


Sunshine Parenting Podcast

In a chat with summer camp director and host Audrey Monke, JJ informs podcast listeners about Virtual Autism (and how to cure it), how to raise your child to be a leader, and has some required reading for durable-thinking parents!

Listen HERE


Jenifer spreads the Durable word at

Monday, March 19

Location: Booz Allen Hamilton
8283 Greensboro Drive
Hamilton Building
Tysons, VA 22102

You speak volumes in a glance and your hug can heal a broken heart. Health journalist Jenifer Joy Madden shares the secret to how we humans—young and old—can stay durable and effective into the future by nurturing our animal instincts and doing what our smartphones can’t. MORE                        Sorry! This event is SOLD OUT. 


Hit the Reset Button!

You made it through the holidays. Now it’s time to re-center your self for a healthy, balanced, and happy new year. Jenifer Joy Madden, author of How To Be a Durable Human: Revive and Thrive in the Digital Age Through the Power of Self-Designshares five proven strategies for living in better harmony with your human and your high-tech household members. Learn easy workarounds and no-cost tricks so you’ll be more durable in body and mind throughout the new year—and beyond. Details here.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Bards Alley Bookstore110 Church Street, N.W.

Vienna, VA 22180


PVI Sip and Shop Holiday Fair

Paul VI High School

Fairfax, VA

Thursday, November 9

Durable Human Talking Sticks, Harmony Baskets, Phone Food, Books, and More!

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Reynolds OrthoForum 2017

Relax and rejuvenate on a mindfulness journey with your guide, Jenifer Joy Madden, author of How To Be a Durable Human

The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island
Fernandina Beach, Florida
Friday, September 22 at 12:30 p.m.


October 7, 2017

Jenifer Joy Madden presents:

“Activate! Make Good Things Happen in Your Community!”

Arlington, VA


Notre Dame Women Connect Book Club

Author Talk and Garden Tour

Presented by Jenifer Joy Madden, author or How To Be a Durable Human

Haupt Garden, Washington, DC
Sunday, September 10 at 12:30 p.m.


Love Your Body Yoga Festival

June 11, 2017



Wise Moves for Digital Age Parents

Wise Kids Workshop



Jenifer Joy Madden presents:
“How To Be an Active Living Advocate”

Richmond, VA

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Taken at the event:

Photo from JJM Advocacy 101 session: participants share aspirations for active communities

Tweeted from the event:




April 24, 2017

Portland, Oregon




Monday, February 13, 2017


McLean, Virginia



November 28, 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico


Friday, November 18, 2016

Book signing at the 

Notre Dame Bookstore!



Saturday, November 19

Chatting about SLEEP with Kristin Bien  

WSBT-TV South Bend, Indiana




Friday, November 11

A visit with the nice folks at

Good Things Utah! 


KTVX-TV Salt Lake City, Utah



Saturday, October 29

Talked parenting tricks for better family communication with Marcus Moore of 

WFAA-TV Dallas





Indie Author Open House

Saturday, October 8, 12-2pm

Patrick Henry Library

101 Maple Ave, East
Vienna, VA

Celebrate the 1st-ever Indie Author Day! Meet the best of Vienna, Virginia’s writing talent, including yours truly. Details here.


Bike the NoVi Trail Network!

Sunday, October 9, 2-4pm

Ride begins at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens

9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court

Vienna, VA

Take a beautiful ride through the countryside near Tysons and visit two county, two regional, and one national park. Learn the grassroots story behind the NoVi (Northern Vienna) Trail Network from the author and instigator: me!  Details here.



October 11

Erie, PA


Double Header at the Erie County Library!


#1:   Durable Parenting Skills

Tuesday, October 11, 12-1pm

Millcreek Branch Library
2088 Interchange Rd.
Suite 280
Erie, PA

Be a better parent by seizing the amazing powers you have that your smartphone doesn’t! Tips and tricks from the author of How To Be a Durable Human. Details here.

#2:   Meet the Author of How To Be a Durable Human 

Tuesday, October 11, 7-8pm

Blasco Memorial Library
160 East Front St
Erie PA

While personal digital technology has revolutionized and advanced our lives as human beings, it has had unexpected effects on our bodies and minds. Learn how to live in harmony with your technology and be durable and “built to last” in body and mind.  Tips and tricks from the author of How To Be a Durable Human. Details here.

Schoolyear Kickoff

Family Mindfulness Walk

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Meadowlark Botanical Garden

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens


9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court

Vienna, VA 22182

(Rain date: 2pm Sunday, September 25)

Start the schoolyear off so everyone in the family can stay calm, cool, and collected even with the rush of projects, tests, and early mornings. Delight your senses on this walk and talk guided by mindfulness expert and author Jenifer Joy Madden. Learn how to set family priorities to maintain life balance, build a close connection with nature, and live in harmony with your technology.

$20 per family includes park entrance fee for all family members and a copy of a signed copy of the author’s new book, How To Be a Durable Human: Revive and Thrive in the Digital Age Through the Power of Self-Design. ($15 per family if member of Meadowlark, $10 per individual). SIGN UP HERE:

Friday June 10, 2016



Belvedere Elementary School

Friday June 10, 6-8pm

Falls Church, VA


Take a Sensory Walk in the Woods with JJ at


Belvedere Elementary School

Friday June 10, 6-8pm

Falls Church, VA

Belvedere Bulldog Event size

Get all the dirt here! 

Wednesday, May 18 at 7 p.m.

Come to the launch of



Falls Church, VA

Fully accessible by bus, Metro, bike and car!


Visit on the web any time

Springhill Senior Living Community
Family Matters copyright Virginia Colin

Family Matters” on VoiceAmerica Internet Radio

“Taming the Technology Beast: Lessons from The Durable Human Manifesto”

“Family Matters” is hosted by award-winning family mediator and author, Virginia Colin. We talk families, tech, and why little kids need to get to know their own operating systems before they’re introduced to all the others.

Listen to “Family Matters” here


Jenifer Joy Madden at the New Author Book Slam


Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Avenue, East, Vienna, VA

“Self-publishing Tips and Tricks”

JJ at LTYM DC 2015

 You can publish a book these days at the touch of a button, but will you do it right? Or, more importantly, will anybody read it? Join me as I share my secrets for producing print, e- and audio books, all hard won through sometimes painful (and expensive) trial and error.  We’ll begin the evening with my tales of birthing The Durable Human Manifesto followed by the relief of being included in Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now, a traditionally-published book where somebody else did all the work. This free Local Authors Scene Meetup is hosted by Dr. Lisa Schaefer of CrowdPublish.TV, a marketing site for authors who own their own rights.


Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Winter Walk of Lights

“What’s Behind the Lights?”

Walks of Lights Creek crop by NVRPA

Walk of Lights Meadowlark by Meadowlark

Ever wonder how Meadowlark transforms into the magical Winter Walk of Lights? Why does seeing them make you feel so good? Get all the answers on this insiders’ walk and talk. Enjoy exclusive access to spectacular views as you muse on the show’s creativity and the special connections humans make with nature during the holiday season. Your guides are Meadowlark Garden Manager Keith Tomlinson and author, Jenifer Joy Madden. $20 cost per person includes a ticket to the lights and a copy of Jenifer’s inspiring book, The Durable Human Manifesto. Bundle up, bring a flashlight and meet in the Visitor Center promptly at 4pm.  Space is limited. To make a reservation, call  Meadowlark at 703-255-3631, extension 0.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 4:00 pm

How Durability Kickstarts Creativity and Success

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Time to realize all the things you can do that your smartphone can’t!  Join me for this month’s Transition Roundtable, a gathering of job seekers and tweakers. Buck up your confidence with my inside secrets for how to be durable in body, mind and spirit so you have more light bulb moments and a “Hire me!” aura that turns the heads of potential employers.


Monday, October 6, 2014

“What You are Doing to be Durable”

A conversation with the Springhill Senior Living Community.  I share photographic evidence of why choosing to live there has made residents more durable in body, mind and spirit.

I love what Sandy at Springhill wrote about my visit:

Living at Springhill is great because it helps you to be durable. That’s the conclusion of Jenifer Joy Madden, author of The Durable Human Manifesto – a little book of inspiration for making the best of yourself in body and mind. Jeni, who now hails from Washington, D.C. and worked as a script writer for ABC, grew up in Erie (graduated from Notre Dame) and has gotten to know Springhill during her visits with her dad, our own Dr. Chuck Joy.

Her book is meant for all audiences and called today’s audience “BC” or before computers. ““BC” audiences are strong, and have to think for themselves,” said Jeni. But to continue to be durable in this world Jeni reminded Springhill residents that the environment they have chosen to live provides many opportunities to be durable. “For example the regular exercise classes or just even walking down the long hallways! And I know I’ve covered nutritionally when I eat here with dad!” going on to explain how important good nutrition is for a durable body. “I came upon a gentleman here putting together a jigsaw puzzle and he offered to me to come sit down and take your mind off your problems! You are enveloped by caring neighbors and staff – it permeates Springhill!” “And you are surrounded by nature. So much is put in to make you feel good in and out. There is such a thing a ‘nature deficit disorder’ we don’t feel well when we can’t enjoy nature. Again, you’ve made a durable choice to live at Springhill!”

Springhill Senior Living Community
JJ at Spring Oct 2014
JJ presentation at Springhill Oct 2014
JJ with Springhill customer Oct 2014

Dr. Chuck Joy provided everyone in the audience with a copy of his daughter’s Manifesto!   


Sunday, July 20, 2014 at 7:30pm

“Embrace Your Nature” Meadowlark Gardens Twilight Stroll

Author Jenifer Joy Madden teams up with park manager and Smithsonian naturalist Keith Tomlinson to lead a midsummer excursion through northern Virginia’s only botanical garden. Includes a mindfulness activity to “open the sense doors,” a guided tour of the park and its artwork, and a rare sunset ring of the magnificent Korean Bell.

These days, because so many of us spend so much time time associating with our helpful digital devices, we sometimes forget about all the amazing things we can do that our smart phones can’t.

Jenifer Joy Madden’s signature “Walks and Talks” give you a chance to step away from your daily busy-ness and rejuvenate mind, body and spirit amid the sounds, sights and sensations of beautiful natural settings. Jenifer’s easy-to-read Durable Human Manifesto is designed to help people of all ages to be happier, more creative and “built to last.”

As she says, “In a world increasingly filled with tireless gadgets, if we humans are to continue as true, active contributors in society, we must be durable.  We have highly-evolved assets such as our senses and muscles, but the good stuff about us can go unutilized as we contend with everyday pressures and the glut of incoming information.

Taking time out to connect with nature not only gives us a break, it can kick-start creativity and spark new ideas.” The “Embrace Your Nature” tour of Meadowlark includes a stop at the lovely Azalea Gazebo, where visitors can bask in the sounds of life emanating from the forest. On the stroll, Jenifer and Keith will reflect on the skills that earlier humans needed to survive in the forest, why people today also need to be self-reliant, and how to build personal durability.

Jenifer has held other “Walks and Talks” at the Smithsonian’s Haupt Garden and the University of Notre Dame Sculpture Park.

Fourteen years ago,  an attempt to visit Meadowlark with her then 6-year-old son sent Jenifer down the path to civic engagement. When the pair tried to walk to the park from their home nearby, it was impossible because there were no sidewalks. Subsequently, she proposed a network of walking trails that connected residents not only with Meadowlark, but many other local parks and amenities. Local residents welcomed the idea and the system was ultimately funded by Fairfax County. Now, as the Silver Line comes online, the “NoVi Trail Network” also gives residents a safe way to walk to new neighborhood bus stops and to bike to the Tysons Metro stations.

Those interested in attending the Twilight stroll can register by calling the Meadowlark Gardens Visitors Center at 703-255-3631, extension “0”. The $10 cost includes the park entry fee and a signed copy of The Durable Human Manifesto. (Rain date: July 27)

About the Author:   Jenifer Joy Madden is a digital journalist and adjunct professor, inveterate parent of three, and award-winning community leader based in the Washington, D.C. area, where she literally and figuratively builds bridges to greater well-being. Her writing and videography have informed millions on ABC News, PBS, Discovery Health Channel, in The Washington Post and at DurableHuman.com. Jenifer is also an avid cyclist, a Fairfax County (Virginia) transportation commissioner, and was named 2012 “Lady Fairfax” and the 2007 Hunter Mill District “Community Champion” for her work developing “The NoVi (Northern Vienna) Trail Network”: a system of paths that connects residents and visitors by foot and bicycle to one national park, two regional parks, ten county parks and the new Silver Line Metro.


June 11, 2014
HOW TO BE DURABLE IN A DIGITAL WORLD:  An Evening of Inspiration and Images 

Here are some photos from the event


 May 31, 2014


Here are some photos from the event

Jenifer (far right) and friends admire “Tracery” by Deborah Butterfield in the Notre Dame Sculpture Park



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