Compass Summit, a forum for true interaction and exchange, examines some of today’s most pressing problems through the lens of global citizenship, recognizing that human ingenuity is an unlimited resource. Guided by NPR’s Ira Flatow, an intimate group of some of the of the world's best thinkers and doers convened along the rugged Palos Verdes coastline on Oct 23-26, 2011 at Terranea Resort to engage in meaningful conversation, ask questions, and challenge ideas -- we invite you to join in the conversation.
Larry Downes is a consultant and author on developing business strategies in the digital age. He is Senior Adjunct Fellow with TechFreedom, a nonpartisan technology policy think tank.
His most recent book, The Laws of Disruption: Harnessing the New Forces that Govern Business and Life in the Digital Age explores the accident-prone intersection of law and innovation.
Downes is the author of the Business Week and New York Times business best-seller, Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance, which was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the five most important books ever published on business and technology.
David is Director of Engineering at Google and currently leads the company's platform efforts for the Google+ project. Prior to joining Google in 2006, he successfully started two companies: Verity in 1988 and Eloquent in 1995. Eloquent was later acquired by Open Text in 2005. David has decades of experience working in the technology sector and holds an SB in physics from MIT.
Eli Pariser is the Chairman of the Board of MoveOn.org. Before that, he served as MoveOn's Executive Director. Pariser has appeared as a commentator on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, the Colbert Report, and almost all of the major cable news channels. His op-eds have appeared in the Washington Post and the LA Times, among others.
Pariser also co-founded Avaaz.org, a global organization with 3 million members, is a founding board member of AccessNow.org, and helped launch the New Organizing Institute, which has trained thousands of organizers to bring people together online and off for political change.
Carl Sjogreen is the Director of Product Management for the Facebook Platform. Prior to Facebook, Carl was the Co-Founder of Nextstop, a collaborative social travel guide which was acquired by Facebook in 2010. He previously was a Group Product Manager at Google where he founded Google Calendar and led a variety of product initiatives for Google Maps, and the Australia/New Zealand product team. Carl holds a bachelor's degree in computer science from Harvard University.
David Glazer, director of engineering at Google, explains the difficulty of designing social platforms in a culture where an experience that could initially be "creepy" can grow into becoming a "necessity." Glazer says that the cardinal rule for dealing with privacy issues is to be careful not to surprise the user.