Claudia Erickson | Founder & CEO
With 20 years of experience in maternal child health, Claudia is charting new territory in the digital wellness arena by crafting a unique public health
program. She began this company after tiring of her never-ending case of
“tech neck” and seeing the strain that too much tech time was having on her health and relationships.
Prior to starting the Unplugged Village, Claudia earned a bachelor's degree in Social Work and a Masters in Public Health from San Diego State University. She has worked in the area of Maternal and Child Health for many years, holding positions with local hospitals (Rady Children's and Scripps Memorial), and coordinating the California Distance Learning Health Network, and the Reach
Out and Read program for the San Diego Chapter of the American Academy
of Pediatrics. When she isn't working, Claudia enjoys her time with her
husband, two children, and dogs (Martha and Walter) while happily putzing away in her garden.
"Technology is a wonderful tool that is essential to most people's daily life, but it can also be anxiety provoking and endlessly time consuming. Let's face it, there have always been distractions (many of us were TV addicts long before cell phones!), but devices have never been more engaging than they are now. It's important to reclaim our time and to know there is no one-size-fits-all approach that will work for everyone. Find what works for you!"
Having explored a variety of approaches to combat tech dependency, Claudia found a moderate program worked best for herself and her family (use tech that is useful, reduce tech that is a time sucker, and replace that time with alternative activities). As a wife and mother of two grown children, Claudia has a deep understanding of the many challenge’s parents face in raising a family in a digitally connected world. So many of us are trying to moderate our tech use and what seems to be universal is the need for tips to unplug and to have places to go that will be amenable to unplugging, even if just for an hour. Creating the Unplugged Village is an attempt to meet that need and to pull together businesses and places that support in-person connection and foster a sense of community.
A digital wellness company whose purpose is to help people power down screen time and power up experiences that increase human connection and community.
The issue of tech dependency is very prevalent in our world today. It takes a village for people to come together in community and support each other with healthier habits. A village plays an important role in creating a sense of connection and community for the health, happiness and longevity of its’ residents. Historically, people would come to the local market, pub or center of the village to shop for goods and connect with friends and family. Thanks to the success of companies like Amazon, social media, Netflix and Uber Eats, life may be easier but it can also be isolating as people don’t have as much of a reason to go out into their community to get their needs met. We want to revive the sense of a village to help communities and humans thrive!
Our mission is to bring the sense of the village back to communities and share innovative ways to unplug more often and reconnect with family, friends and community.
In addition to presentations and events, you can regularly find us at the La Mesa Village Farmers Market. The markets provide a perfect opportunity for families to get out into their community, where kids can explore healthy options, search for Rodney Rooster, and do other fun unplugged activities. Rodney can also be spotted at the Hillcrest, Vista and Bonita markets (after the Covid ban is lifted)
This website serves as a resource for finding businesses that help us connect with one another in a meaningful way. Whether it's unplugged vacations, dining nights, laughing together at a backyard comedy night or searching for Rodney Rooster you can find it here.
Take a stroll around this website, where you can schedule a talk for your group or just find some places that may inspire you to carve out a little more time for the important people in your life. This list is just beginning to grow so please let me know of any unplugged recommendations you may have and check back often.
Let’s build this Village together!