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  • Raoul Adamchak Raoul Adamchak is the Market Garden Coordinator at the UC Davis Student Farm. The Market Garden provides experiential learning opportunities to students interested in organic agriculture. Adamchak's educational activities include programs in organic vegetable crop production, operating a CSA (community supported agriculture project), participating in farmers markets, organic green house production, vegetable variety trials, on-campus sales, equipment operation, and student-directed internships. Adamchak worked for many years as a partner in Full Belly Farm and as an inspector of organic farms, and has served as the president of the board of California Certified Organic Farmers.

    He has an MS in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis. His career has been dedicated to the expansion and development of organic farming.
  • Melissa Alexander Melissa Alexander is the Director of Public Programs at the Exploratorium.
  • Chris Anderson Chris Anderson is the co-founder and CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. From 2001 through 2012 he was Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine, AdWeek’s “Magazine of the Decade” (2009). Before Wired Chris was with The Economist for seven years, and prior to that spent six years at the two leading scientific journals, Nature and Science.
  • D. Richard "Rip" Anderson D. Richard Anderson, known as "Rip" is a leading expert on nuclear risk assessment at Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico. Anderson is a theoretical chemist, an oceanographer and an internationally known expert on risk assessment and environmental health and nuclear safety.
  • Jesse Ausubel Jesse Ausubel is Director of the Program for the Human Environment at Rockefeller University in New York, co-founder of The Encyclopedia of Life, co-organizer of the first UN World Climate Conference in 01979, co-founder of The Barcode of Life, co-organizer of the Census of Marine Life, and former Vice President of Programs at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
  • John C. Baez John Baez is a mathematical physicist working on quantum gravity using the techniques of "higher-dimensional algebra." A professor of mathematics at the University of California, Riverside, he enjoys answering physics questions on the usenet newsgroup sci.physics.research, and also writes a regular column entitled This Week's Finds in Mathematical Physics.
  • Benjamin Barber Benjamin R. Barber is a Senior Research Scholar at The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society of The Graduate Center, The City University of New York, the President and Founder of the Interdependence Movement, and Walt Whitman Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Rutgers University. An internationally renowned political theorist, Dr. Barber brings an abiding concern for democracy and citizenship to issues of politics, globalization, culture and education in America and abroad. He consults regularly with political and civic leaders in the U.S. (President Clinton, Howard Dean) and around the world (Germany, U.K., Libya, Italy).
  • John Perry Barlow John Perry Barlow is a co-founder and vice-chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit organization promoting freedom of expression in digital media. He writes and advises on information economics, digitized intellectual goods, cyber liberties, virtual communities, electronic cash, cryptography policy, privacy, and the social, cultural and legal conditions forming online.Mr Barlow is the author of two influential texts, The Economy of Ideas and The Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace. Prior to his work at EFF, Mr Barlow was a Wyoming cattle-rancher and a lyricist for the Grateful Dead. He is also a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. He was the first to apply the term "cyberspace" to the internet. Recently he has been engaged in an effort to increase connectivity with the southern hemisphere.
  • Mary Catherine Bateson Mary Catherine Bateson is a writer and cultural anthropologist who divides her time between New Hampshire and Massachusetts. She has written and co-authored many books and articles, and lectures across the country and abroad and has taught at Harvard, Northeastern University, Amherst College, Spelman College and abroad in the Philippines and in Iran. In 2004 she retired from her position as Clarence J. Robinson Professor in Anthropology and English at George Mason University, and is now Professor Emerita.

    Since the Fall of 2006 she has been a Visiting Scholar at the Center on Aging & Work/Workplace Flexibility at Boston College and is a special consultant to the Lifelong Access Libraries Initiative of the Libraries for the Future, with an emphasis on conceptualization, testing and implementation of her Active Wisdom model for community dialogues as a signature program of the Initiative.

    She serves on multiple advisory boards including that of the National Center on Atmospheric Research and the NSF, dealing with climate change.

    Her books in print include Composing a Life, Our Own Metaphor, and Peripheral Visions, as well as a memoir, With a Daughter's Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson.
  • Joline Blais Joline Blais is an Assistant Professor of New Media at UMaine and co-founder of Still Water, a research lab devoted to studying and nourishing network culture. She previously directed Digital Media Studies at NY Polytechnic University and launched media studies in SCPS at New York University. Blais' research and creative work explores sustainable communities and new narrative forms, and includes the 2006 book At the Edge of Art.
  • Violet Blue Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com) is a Forbes 25 "Web Celeb" and one of Wired's "Faces of Innovation." Blue is regarded as the foremost sexuality and tech expert and sex-positive pundit in mainstream media (such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, Attack of The Show). She is regularly interviewed, and featured prominently by major media outlets including Wired (and Wired UK), Newsweek, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Salon.com, BBC, CNN, NYT, LA Times, Cinematical, PBS: Mediashift, CBS, The History Channel, Esquire, Maxim and more.
  • Lera Boroditsky Lera Boroditsky is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and Editor in Chief of Frontiers in Cultural Psychology. Professor Boroditsky does research in cognitive science with a specific focus on cognitive linguistics. She studies language and cognition, specifically focusing on interactions between language, cognition, and perception. She received her B.A. from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. from Stanford University, where her thesis advisor was Gordon Bower.

    Her research combines insights and methods from linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, and anthropology. She has received several awards for her research, including an NSF CAREER award, the Marr Prize from the Cognitive Science Society, and being named a Searle Scholar.

    Her work has provided new insights on the controversial question of whether the languages we speak shape the way we think (see Sapir-Whorf hypothesis). She has discovered important empirical examples of cross-linguistic differences in thought and perception that stem from syntactic or lexical differences between languages. This work has been influential in the fields of psychology, philosophy, and linguistics in countering the notion that human cognition is largely universal and independent of language and culture.

    In addition to scholarly work, Boroditsky also gives popular science lectures to the general public, and her work has been covered in news and media outlets. For the Burning Man festival, she once built a banana vehicle.
  • Stewart Brand Stewart Brand is co-founder and president of The Long Now Foundation and co-founder of Global Business Network. He created and edited the Whole Earth Catalog (National Book Award), and co-founded the Hackers Conference and The WELL. His books include The Clock of the Long Now; How Buildings Learn; and The Media Lab. His most recent book, titled Whole Earth Discipline, is published by Viking in the US and Atlantic in the UK.
  • Dr. Larry Brilliant Larry is an M.D. and M.P.H. and a former professor of epidemiology. He helped run the WHO smallpox eradication program in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh; was a staff member of the WHO "Global Commission to Certify Smallpox Eradicated" in Burma, India, Nepal, and Iran; and served as the last UN inspector to visit Iran to search for hidden smallpox. The author of two books and dozens of articles on the epidemiology of smallpox, blindness, and environmental diseases, he has worked at city, county, state, federal, and international levels. Larry is also the founder of the Seva Foundation, which has performed 2 million free sight-restoring eye operations in India and Nepal. As a technologist, he was a founder of The WELL, CEO of two public technology corporations (SoftNet Systems Inc. and Network Technologies), and most recently founded the WiFi company, Cometa. Dr. Brilliant is also a recipient of the 2006 TED Prize, which grants him one wish to change the world.
  • Edward Burtynsky Edward Burtynsky is known as one of Canada's most respected photographers. His photographic depictions of global industrial landscapes are in the collections of several major museums around the world, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Biblioteque Nationale in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum in New York.
  • Stuart Candy Stuart Candy, a.k.a. the sceptical futuryst, is an experience designer, consultant, writer, educator, and activist. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa for work on experiential scenarios, an approach to immersive storytelling at the intersection of foresight, design, and politics. Originally from Australia, he also holds an LLB and a BA in the history and philosophy of science from the University of Melbourne.

    Candy is currently Senior Foresight and Innovation Specialist at the design and engineering firm Arup, and Adjunct Professor in the Design Strategy MBA at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He became the first Research Fellow of the Long Now Foundation in 02006, and has worked on a range of projects including the Long Now blog, Long Bets, the Long Shorts video series, and the Long Conversation.
  • Ralph Cavanaugh Ralph Cavanagh is a senior attorney and co-director of NRDC's energy program, which he joined in 1979. In addition, Ralph has been a Lecturer on Law at Harvard and a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford and UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall), and from 1993-2003 he served as a member of the U.S. Secretary of Energy's Advisory Board. His current board memberships include the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, the Bipartisan Policy Center, the California Clean Energy Fund, the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, the Renewable Northwest Project, the Northwest Energy Coalition, and the Sustainable Energy Advisory Board of Texas-based Energy Future Holdings. Ralph has received the Heinz Award for Public Policy, the Yale Law School's Preiskel-Silverman Fellowship, the Lifetime Achievement in Energy Efficiency Award from California's Flex Your Power Campaign, the Headwaters Award from the Northwest Energy Coalition, and the Bonneville Power Administration's Award for Exceptional Public Service. He is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale Law School. He is married to Deborah Rhode, who is the MacFarland Professor of Law at Stanford Law School.
  • Craig Childs Craig Childs' books include "House of Rain", "Finders Keepers", and "Apocalyptic Planet". He is a commentator for NPR's "Morning Edition" and a contributing editor at "High Country News".
  • Brian Christian Brian Christian is a poet and author of The Most Human Human: What Artificial Intelligence Teaches Us About Being Alive and co-author of Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions.
  • Kirk Citron Kirk Citron consults for advertising clients at Citron Haligman. Previously, he founded AKQA, a digital advertising agency which Fast Company has called one of the fifty most innovative companies in the world. He edits the Long News, which tries to find news stories that might still matter fifty or a hundred or a thousand years from now. His first play, But Not For Lunch, has had staged readings at the 02009 Northern Writes New Play Festival in Maine, the New Theatre in Miami, and the Mountain Playhouse in Pennsylvania. He helped produce a documentary about a WWII Japanese submarine for the PBS series Secrets of the Dead.
  • Eric Cline Eric Cline is professor of ancient history and archaeology at George Washington University and Director of the GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute. He is author or editor of 16 books, including Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: International Trade and the Late Bronze Age Aegean and 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed.
  • Wayne Clough Wayne Clough is the 12th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, leading the world's largest museum and research complex with 19 museums, nine research centers, the National Zoo and research activities in more than 90 countries.

    Before his appointment to the Smithsonian, Clough served as president of the Georgia Institute of Technology for 14 years. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in civil engineering from Georgia Tech in 1964 and 1965 and a doctorate in 1969 in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Danese Cooper Danese Cooper is a programmer, computer scientist, and advocate of open source software. Known as the "Open Source Diva" after stints as an open source community builder at Sun Microsystems, Intel, and REvolution Computing, she is currently Treasurer on the board of the Open Source Initiative. Since February, 2010, she is the Chief Technical Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • Douglas Coupland Author and visual artist Douglas Coupland has written 13 novels including Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture and Microserfs. His art works have shown at museums and public sites worldwide.
  • Gwyneth Cravens Gwyneth Cravens is an American novelist and journalist. To date, she has published five novels. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in The New Yorker, where she also worked as a fiction editor, and in Harper's Magazine, where she was an associate editor. She has contributed articles and editorials on science and other topics to Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. At a September, 2007 seminar given by the Long Now Foundation, Cravens outlined the message of her upcoming book, Power to Save the World: The Truth About Nuclear Energy. To be released in October, 2007, it argues for nuclear power as a safe energy source and an essential deterrent to global warming.
  • Laura Cunningham Laura Cunningham is an artist-naturalist who has worked in the field of wildlife biology.

    Trained in paleontology at the University of California at Berkeley, and in natural science illustration at UC Santa Cruz, Cunningham has brought her unique skills to a diverse set of scientific projects: working with the United States Geological Survey Biological Resource Division analyzing amphibian declines in the Sierra Nevada and amassing species inventories in Death Valley National Park; the California Department of Fish and Game restoring habitats of pupfish, tui chub, trout, Steelhead, monitoring Tule elk in the Owens Valley, and studying mountain lion predation; with California State University, Dominguez Hills, Cunningham worked in conservation biology and genetic studies involving Desert tortoises, Panamint alligator lizards, and Mojave fringe-toed lizards.

    Cunnigham has been a scientific illustrator for the Museum of Paleontology at University of California, Berkeley and illustrated fossil invertebrates for the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. She has also produced mural exhibits for various museums and institutions, including scenes of fossil mammals at Badlands National Park, and murals depicting the history of life on Earth for the California State University Fresno Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Her work has also been exhibited at numerous art shows and museums around the country, including the Pacific Rim Wildlife Art Show in Seattle, the Oakland Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Carnegie Museum, and Safari Club International.

    Currently, Cunningham is studying the historical ecology of the California deserts and Nevada Great Basin, and is working on paintings depicting Ice Age life.
  • Edmund Wade Davis Edmund Wade Davis (born December 14, 1953) is a noted Canadian anthropologist, ethnobotanist, author and photographer whose work has focused on worldwide indigenous cultures, especially in North and South America and particularly involving the traditional uses and beliefs associated with psychoactive plants. Davis came to prominence with his 1985 best-selling book The Serpent and the Rainbow about the zombies of Haiti.

    Davis has published popular articles in Outside, National Geographic, Fortune and Conde Nast Traveler.
  • Peter Diamandis Dr. Peter Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation (www.xprize.org), which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Best known for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight and the $10 million Progressive Automotive X PRIZE for 100 mile-per-gallon equivalent cars, the Foundation is now launching prizes in Exploration, Life Sciences, Energy, and Education.Diamandis is also an international leader in the commercial space arena, having founded and run many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in this sector including Zero Gravity Corporation, the Rocket Racing League and Space Adventures.As co-Founder & Chairman of the Singularity University (www.singularityU.org), a Silicon Valley based institution partnered with NASA, Google, Autodesk and Nokia, Diamandis counsels the world’s top enterprises on how to utilize exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to dramatically accelerate their business objectives. Dr. Diamandis attended MIT where he received his degrees in molecular genetics and aerospace engineering, as well as Harvard Medical School where he received his M.D. Diamandis’ personal motto is: “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself!”
  • Cory Doctorow Cory Doctorow (craphound.com) is a science fiction novelist, blogger and technology activist. He is the co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing (boingboing.net), and a contributor to Wired, Popular Science, Make, the New York Times, and many other newspapers, magazines and websites. A visiting senior lecturer at the Open University, he was formerly Director of European Affairs for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org), a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, policy, standards and treaties. In 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California.

    His novels are published by HarperCollins UK and simultaneously released on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their re-use and sharing, a move that increases his sales by enlisting his readers to help promote his work. He has won the Locus and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards. His latest novel is Makers, and his last New York Times Bestseller Little Brother was published in May 2008. His latest short story collection is Overclocked: Stories of the Future Present. In 2008, Tachyon Books published a collection of his essays, called Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright and the Future of the Future (with an introduction by John Perry Barlow) and IDW published a collection of comic books inspired by his short fiction called Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now.
  • Esther Dyson Esther Dyson is president and owner of EDventure Holdings; a small yet globally diversified information services company. EDventure invests in information-oriented startup ventures in central and Eastern Europe as well as in the USA. EDventure conducts industry events like the PC Forum and the High-Tech Forum. Since 1982, EDventure's newsletter, Release 1.0, help readers see underlying patterns behind industry trends, a theme echoed in her book, Release 2.0.
  • Freeman Dyson Freeman John Dyson is a British-born physicist and mathematician, famous for his work in quantum mechanics, solid-state physics, nuclear weapons design and policy, and for his serious theorizing in futurism and science fiction concepts, including the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. He is a lifelong opponent of nationalism, and proponent of nuclear disarmament and international cooperation. Dyson is a member of the Board of Sponsors of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
  • George Dyson George Dyson, an historian among futurists, is the author of Baidarka; Project Orion; Darwin Among the Machines; and Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe.
  • Dr. David Eagleman Dr. David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, New York Times bestselling author, and Guggenheim Fellow who holds joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Eagleman’s areas of research include time perception, vision, synesthesia, and the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action, and is the Founder and Director of Baylor College of Medicine’s Initiative on Neuroscience and Law.

    Dr. Eagleman has written several neuroscience books, including Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain and Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia. He has also written an internationally bestselling book of literary fiction, Sum, which has been translated into 27 languages and was named a Best Book of the Year by Barnes and Noble, New Scientist, and the Chicago Tribune. Dr. Eagleman has written for the Atlantic, New York Times, Discover, Slate, Wired, and New Scientist, and has been profiled in The New Yorker. He appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss both science and literature.
  • Sylvia Earle Sylvia Earle is a marine biologist, explorer, author, and lecturer. She was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and has been a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence since 01998. Her books include "The World is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean's Are One".
  • Paul Ehrlich Paul Ralph Ehrlich (born May 29, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a Stanford University professor and a renowned entomologist specializing in Lepidoptera (butterflies). He is also well known as a researcher and author on the subject of human overpopulation.

    Ehrlich has written numerous books on the subjects of ecology, entomology, overpopulation, and related subjects. His best known book is The Population Bomb, published in 1968.
  • Drew Endy Drew Endy helped start the newest engineering major, Bioengineering, at both MIT and Stanford. His research teams pioneered the redesign of genomes and invented the transcriptor, a simple DNA element that allows living cells to implement Boolean logic. He is also a co-founder of Gen9, Inc., a DNA construction company, and the iGEM competition.
  • Brian Eno Brian Eno is a musician, composer and producer of audio and visual landscapes. Eno's synthesizer work and electronic manipulation of audio textures was first featured during the early 1970's as a founding member of Roxy Music. His solo and collaborative musical compositions with John Cale, Robert Fripp and David Bowie have been in circulation world-wide over the last 25 years.

    Eno has produced records for numerous artists including U2, David Bowie, Jane Siberry and performance artist Laurie Anderson, executive produced the "Help" benefit album, and performed with Pavarotti, Bono and The Edge at 1995's Modena Festival to benefit the War Child charitable organization.
  • Juan Enriquez Juan Enriquez, Managing Director of Excel Venture Management, is a bestselling author of As the Future Catches You (an Amazon best book of year), The Untied States of America (Miami Herald’s book of the decade), Homo evolutis: a Tour of the Next Human Species (with Steve Gullans and TED). Rem Koolhaas chose his Map of Global Nucleotide Data Flow (done with West and Martinez) as an iconic example of 21st century design. Fortune profiled him as “Mr. Gene.” Wired as “Darwin for the DNA Age.” He has helped found or guide over a dozen tech start ups including Synthetic Genomics, Zip Car, Xcellerex, Activate Networks. He sailed around the world with Dr. J. Craig Venter on a sampling expedition that increased the number of known genes by 10X. He negotiated a peace treaty with the Zapatista rebels in Mexico and was the Founding Director of the Harvard Life Sciences Project.
  • Daniel Everett Daniel Leonard Everett (born 1951 in Holtville, California) is a linguistics professor best known for his study of the Amazon Basin's Piraha people and their language. He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. He previously taught at the University of Manchester and is former Chair of the Linguistics Department of the University of Pittsburgh.
  • James Fallows James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne.
  • Niall Ferguson Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. He is a resident faculty member of the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.

    He is also a Senior Research Fellow of Jesus College, Oxford University, and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.
  • Tim Ferriss A self-described human guinea pig, Tim Ferriss has parlayed his self-experimentation into a pair of blockbuster self-help books. His first, The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, shares the secrets to his success in outsourcing most of the work for his online nutritional-supplements company, BrainQuicken. The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman, chronicles his efforts to maximize his physical potential. Ferriss holds the world record for executing the most tango spins in a minute, a feat he performed on the TV show Live with Regis and Kelly. He is a guest lecturer at Princeton University and a faculty member at Singularity University.
  • Jem Finer Jem Finer is an English musician, artist and composer. He was one of the founding members of The Pogues.
  • Tim Flannery Tim Flannery has written such books as the definitive ecological histories of Australia (The Future Eaters) and North America (The Eternal Frontier). He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers.

    As a field zoologist he has discovered and named more than thirty new species of mammals (including two tree-kangaroos) and at 34 he was awarded the Edgeworth David Medal for Outstanding Research.

    He is a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books and The Times Literary Supplement and has edited and introduced many historical works, including The Birth of Sydney, The Diaries of William Buckley and The Explorers. He received a Centenary of Federation Medal for his service to science and in 2002 he became the first environmentalist to deliver the Australia Day address to the nation.

    Tim Flannery spent a year as professor of Australian studies at Harvard, where he taught in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. In Australia he is a leading member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, which reports independently to government on sustainability issues.

    Tim Flannery was named Australian of the Year the day before Australia Day on 25th January 2007.
  • Fabrice Florin Fabrice is executive director and founder of NewsTrust, where he manages creative and business development for this next-generation social news network. NewsTrust helps people find and share good journalism online, so they can make more informed decisions as citizens. With a 30-year track record in new media and technology, Fabrice Florin has developed a wide range of leading-edge entertainment, education and software products. Fabrice was recently elected an Ashoka Fellow for his work as a social entrepreneur in journalism (Ashoka: Innovators for the Public is the world's largest community of social entrepreneurs). Fabrice has also been honored with four US patents as inventor of interactive TV technologies at Apple, and has received numerous media industry awards, including Emmies, Cindies, and NewMedia awards. His pioneering work in digital media has been widely covered by the press, including the BBC, NewsWeek, Scientific American, Time, Washington Post, Wired, Le Monde and many more.
  • Ken Foster Kenneth J. Foster, Executive Director, joined Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2003. The organization has thrived under Foster's leadership, benefiting from his dedication to nurturing long-term relationships with artists and growing YBCA's audience base as a result of his commitment to making contemporary art accessible to all. Foster has more than 20 years of experience as an arts administrator, curator, educator, and performing arts presenter. In addition, he has served as a board member for such prominent arts organizations as the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Dance USA, and Chamber Music America, among others. Prior to joining YBCA, he served as Executive Director of UApresents at the University of Arizona. Prior to directing UApresents, Foster served as Professor and Director at the Center for Performing Arts at Pennsylvania State University, as Managing Director at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center in Illinois, and as Executive Director at the multidisciplinary Town Hall Arts Center in Colorado. In 2007, Foster received the prestigious Fan Taylor Award for Distinguished Service from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters. The award honors individuals whose outstanding service, creative thinking, and leadership have had a significant impact on the profession of presenting. His first book, Performing Arts Presenting: From Theory to Practice, was published in 2006.
  • Susan Freinkel Susan Freinkel is a science writer whose work has appeared in a variety of national publications including: "Discover," "Reader's Digest," "Smithsonian," and "The New York Times." For her next book, she is moving from the natural world to the artificial one. She lives in San Francisco.
  • Dr. Francis Fukuyama Professor Francis Fukuyama has worked at several prominent think tanks and public policy organizations, he has served the U.S. Department of State in posts related to Middle East affairs, and is a 2002 appointee to the President's Council on Bioethics. Until 2010 Francis Fukuyama wass Bernard Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and Director of its International Development Program. He is now Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow and resident in the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He is the author of The End of History and the Last Man.
  • Katherine Fulton Katherine Fulton is president of the Monitor Institute and a partner of the Monitor Group. Her career path has been shaped by two passionate interests: the use of private resources for public purposes and the connection between leadership and learning. She has explored these themes through leadership positions in organizational consulting and journalism, and through teaching and volunteer service. Prior to moving to the Monitor Institute, Fulton was the co-head of the consulting practice at another Monitor Group company, Global Business Network. During much of the past decade at GBN, she helped organizations in more than 12 industries manage more skillfully in the face of increasing uncertainty. In recent years, her consulting practice has increasingly focused on the future of philanthropy and nonprofits, and she has given more than three dozen major speeches on the subject. She is the co-author of two publications, Looking Out for the Future: An Orientation for Twenty-First Century Philanthropists and What If? The Art of Scenario Thinking for Nonprofits. Her efforts have won her both a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and a Lyndhurst Foundation prize for community service, and her innovative course design at Duke University was featured in Time magazine.
  • Neil Gaiman Bestselling author Neil Gaiman has long been one of the top writers in modern comics, as well as writing books for readers of all ages. He is listed in the Dictionary of Literary Biography as one of the top ten living post-modern writers, and is a prolific creator of works of prose, poetry, film, journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama. Gaiman's work has won the Hugo, Nebula, and Bram Stoker awards as well as the 2009 Newbery Medal and 2010 Carnegie Medal in Literature.
  • Arthur Ganson Arthur Ganson is a renowned kinetic sculptor. Ganson makes mechanical art demonstrations and Rube Goldberg machines with existential themes. Ganson has held residencies in science museums, collaborated with the Studebaker Movement Theatre, and been featured in one-man shows at MIT Museum, Harvard's Carpenter Center, the DeCordova Museum, and the Ricco/Maresca Gallery in New York. He has a permanent installation at the National Inventors Hall of Fame. He was a MIT artist-in-residence and some of his work is on permanent display at the Gestural Engineering exhibit at MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • Frank Gavin Frank Gavin is the Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law and the first Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs at Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Nils Gilman Nils Gilman is a consultant with Monitor 360, with a focus on national economic development and security. He has led projects on topics as diverse as the security implications of climate change, the culture of hackers, and the global narcotics trade. Prior to joining Monitor in 2006, Gilman spent six years leading competitive intelligence and product marketing teams at enterprise software companies such as BEA Systems and Salesforce.com.

    Gilman holds a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in intellectual history from the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of Mandarins of the Future: Modernization Theory in Cold War America (2003) and the forthcoming Deviant Globalization, an anthology that explores how globalized black market economies are challenging traditional state authority. He is also the co-editor of Humanity, an international journal of human rights, humanitarianism, and development, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.
  • Saul Griffith Dr. Saul Griffith has multiple degrees in materials science and mechanical engineering and completed his PhD in Programmable Assembly and Self Replicating machines at MIT.

    He is the co-founder of numerous companies including: Low Cost Eyeglasses, Squid Labs, Potenco, Instructables.com, "HowToons" and Makani Power. Griffith has been awarded numerous awards for invention including the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Collegiate Inventor's award, and the Lemelson-MIT Student prize. A large focus of Griffith's research efforts are in minimum and constrained energy surfaces for novel manufacturing techniques and other applications. Griffith holds multiple patents and patents pending in textiles, optics, nanotechnology, and energy production.

    Griffith co-authors children's comic books called "HowToons" about building your own science and engineering gadgets with Nick Dragotta and Joost Bonsen. Griffith is a technical advisor to Make magazine and Popular Mechanics. Griffith is a columnist and contributor to Make and Craft magazines.
  • Sam Harris Sam Harris is an American non-fiction author, and CEO of Project Reason. He received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA, and is a graduate in philosophy from Stanford University. He has studied both Eastern and Western religious traditions, along with a variety of contemplative disciplines, for twenty years. He is a proponent of scientific skepticism and is the author of The End of Faith (2004), which won the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award, Letter to a Christian Nation (2006), a rejoinder to criticism of his first book, and The Moral Landscape (2010).
  • Larry Harvey Larry Harvey is a founding board member of the nonprofit Burning Man Project, and Chairman of the Board of the Black Rock Arts Foundation. He co-chairs Burning Man's Art Department, scripts and co-curates the annual art theme, and collaborates with artists in creating aspects of the art theme and the design of Black Rock City.
  • Paul Hawken Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, and author. Starting at age 20, he dedicated his life to sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. His practice has included starting and running ecological businesses, writing and teaching about the impact of commerce on living systems, and consulting with governments and corporations on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy.
  • Will Hearst

    William R. Hearst III is chairman of the board of Hearst Corporation, one of the nation's largest diversified media and information companies. Hearst is a grandson of company founder William Randolph Hearst.

    The company’s major interests include magazine, newspaper and business publishing, cable networks, television and radio broadcasting, digital businesses, TV production and distribution, newspaper features distribution, business information and real estate.

    Hearst has been a director of Hearst Corporation for more than 30 years and is a testamentary trustee under the will of William Randolph Hearst. He is president of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and director of The Hearst Foundation, having been actively engaged in the charitable activities and programs of the Hearst Foundations for the last 20 years.

    Hearst is also a partner emeritus at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Prior to joining KPCB in 1995, he served for 10 years as editor and publisher of the San Francisco Examiner, then owned by Hearst Corporation. Hearst began his career with theExaminer in 1972 as a reporter and assistant city editor. He moved on to Outside magazine, but subsequently rejoined Hearst, first at theLos Angeles Herald Examiner and later as vice president of Hearst Cable Communications.

    In addition to the board of directors of Hearst Corporation, Hearst serves on the boards of numerous organizations, including Carnegie Institution for Science, University High School, FORA.tv and the San Francisco Film Society. Hearst is a 1972 graduate of Harvard University, holding a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He has remained active in the field of mathematics with the Mathematical Science Research Institute and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Hearst has recently been appointed an associate in mathematics by the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University.

  • Danny Hillis William Daniel “Danny” Hillis is an American inventor, scientist, engineer, entrepreneur, and author. He co-founded Thinking Machines Corporation, a company that developed the Connection Machine, a parallel supercomputer designed by Hillis at MIT. He is also co-founder of the Long Now Foundation, Applied Minds, Metaweb Technologies, Applied Proteomics, and author of The Pattern on the Stone: The Simple Ideas That Make Computers Work.
  • Adrian Hon Adrian Hon is co-founder and CEO of Six to Start, a game design company best known for the running app “Zombies, Run!“ He is author of A History of the Future in 100 Objects.
  • Philip K. Howard Philip K. Howard is a lawyer, author and civic leader. He is the author of, Life Without Lawyers, as well as the best-seller The Death of Common Sense and The Collapse of the Common Good, and he is a periodic contributor to the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

    He advises leaders of both parties on legal and regulatory reform issues, and wrote the introduction to Vice President Al Gore's book Common Sense Government. A practicing lawyer, Howard is a partner in the law firm Covington & Burling LLP. In 2002, Howard founded Common Good (www.commongood.org), organized to restore common sense to American public life. The Advisory Board of Common Good is composed of leaders from a broad cross-section of American political thought including, among others, former Senators Howard Baker, Bill Bradley, George McGovern, and Alan Simpson.

    Howard is a civic leader in New York and is Chair-Emeritus of the Municipal Art Society, a leading civic group that spearheaded initiatives to preserve Grand Central Terminal.
  • Tony Hsieh The author of Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh is CEO of Zappos and previously co-founded LinkExchange. He initiated the Downtown Project to revitalize downtown Las Vegas and his company. Tony Hsieh originally got involved with Zappos.com as an advisor and investor in 1999, about 2 months after the company was founded. Over time, Hsieh ended up spending more and more time with the company because it was both the most fun and the most promising out of all the companies that he was involved with.

    Hsieh eventually joined Zappos.com full time in 2000. Under his leadership, Zappos.com has grown gross merchandise sales from $1.6M in 2000 to $840M in 2007 by focusing relentlessly on customer service.

    Hsieh focuses on continuing to grow the business at a rapid pace while maintaining the culture and feel of a small company. Prior to joining Zappos.com, Hsieh co-founded Venture Frogs with Alfred Lin. Venture Frogs is an incubator and investment firm that invested in Internet startups, including Ask Jeeves, Tellme Networks, and of course, Zappos.com. Prior to Venture Frogs, Hsieh co-founded LinkExchange, an advertising network that was successfully sold to Microsoft for $265M in 1998.
  • Terry Hunt

    Background

    BA, University of Hawai'i (1976); MA University of Auckland (First Class Honors, 1980); Ph.D., University of Washington (1989).

    I have conducted archaeological field work and related research in Hawai'i, Samoa, Fiji, Rapa Nui (Easter Island), New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea.

    I joined the faculty at University of Hawai'i in 1988. I have current affiliations with Bishop Museum, Center for Pacific Islands Studies, and the Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation Biology Program at University of Hawai'i.

    Research Interests

    My research is focused on the archaeological history of the Pacific Islands. I have framed questions concerning the origins of social and cultural diversity and the role history - constructed through archaeology - would necessarily play in disentangling the processes involved. This research demands multiple lines of complementary data in such domains as human biology, linguistics, material culture, ethnology, and archaeology. Explaining human diversification requires that we understand aspects of emerging social complexity, subsistence, relative investments in cultural elaboration, and other dynamic trajectories. Indeed, the focus must be on ecological and evolutionary dimensions of human history. Addressing such questions requires a theoretical framework, models to construct our expectations and hypotheses, as well as a lot of hard work to acquire the necessary data.

    I have devoted some of my interests to developing methodological and theoretical aspects of the discipline as they articulate with empirical sufficiency, as outlined in our book Posing Questions for a Scientific Archaeology. While mindful of the deductive role of theory, I believe that our ability to explain the processes of history and cultural change must rest on a solid substantive foundation. Thus, I see our primary goal as building accurate, reliable, and valid case histories (e.g., islands) where particular research problems are best addressed. Such a goal has led me to rather diverse research throughout the Pacific.

    I have directed archaeological field schools in Fiji (1999-2003) and on Rapa Nui (2001-present). In Fiji we have addressed multiple dimensions of population history, social interaction, and evolutionary divergence. On Rapa Nui we are critically examining many aspects of prehistory, but especially questions concerning the evolution of cultural elaboration.

    On-Going Research

    I am conducting archaeological research and direct an annual archaeological field school on Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Our field work is designed to investigate multiple aspects of this small and remote island's prehistory. This work involves several graduate students, and we envision many additional research opportunities. We will continue to offer an archaeological field school in collaboration with the P. Sebastian Englert Anthropological Museum on Rapa Nui. We are also working to train Native Rapanui high school students in archaeological field methods.

  • Jon Ippolito One of many foot soldiers in the battle between network and hierarchic culture, Jon Ippolito is an artist, Guggenheim curator, and co-founder of the Still Water program for network art and culture at the University of Maine. His current projects - including the Variable Media Network, the Open Art Network, and his 2006 book co-authored with Joline Blais, At the Edge of Art - aim to expand the art world beyond its traditional preoccupations.
  • Huey Johnson Huey D. Johnson is the founder and president of the Resource Renewal Institute (RRI), a nonprofit organization that incubates ideas and practices for environmental sustainability. He is a leading voice for Green Plans, a comprehensive and integrated approach to protecting and managing natural resources in use by the European Union and a growing number of countries. From 1976-1982, Johnson served as Secretary of Resources for the State of California where he conceived and implemented "Investing for Prosperity," a hundred-year plan for managing the state's natural resources. The California plan achieved lasting gains in forest restoration, salmon recovery, water and wetlands conservation, and renewable energy, and formed the basis of Johnson's advocacy on behalf of Green Plans. An avid hunter and fisherman, Johnson has written extensively on urban hunting. He is active in national and international organizations dedicated to conservation.
  • Steven Johnson English major Steven Johnson authored Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World; How We Got to Now; Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation; The Ghost Map; The Invention of Air; and Everything Bad Is Good for You. He also wrote and co-created the PBS series “How We Got To Now.“
  • Brewster Kahle Brewster Kahle, a computer engineer, internet entrepreneur, and digital librarian, founded the Internet Archive in 1996. He is focused on providing universal access to all knowledge, and developing technologies for information discovery and digital libraries. He was co-founder of Alexa Internet, which helped catalog the Web, which was later sold to Amazon.com.

    In 1989, Kahle invented the Internet's first publishing system, WAIS (Wide Area Information Server) system and in 1989, founded WAIS Inc., a pioneering electronic publishing company, and was later acquired by America Online. Kahle, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a key supporter of the Open Content Alliance.
  • Daniel Kahneman Daniel Kahneman pioneered the field of heuristics and biases with Amos Tversky. He won the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on human decision-making.
  • Rosabeth Ross Kanter Rosabeth Moss Kanter is a tenured professor in business at Harvard Business School, where she holds the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professorship. She has written numerous books on business management techniques, particularly change management. She also has a regular column in the Miami Herald. She is known for her classic 1977 study of tokenism - how being a minority in a group can affect one's performance due to enhanced visibility and performance pressure. Also, her study of men and women of the corporation became a classic in critical management studies and bureaucracy analysis. Kanter was #11 in a 2000s survey of Top 50 Business Intellectuals by citation in several sources.
  • Peter Kareiva Peter Kareiva is co-founder of the Natural Capital Project -- allying with Stanford University and the World Wildlife Fund to measure the economic value of ecosystems -- and co-author of the new textbook, Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature.
  • David Keith David Keith, author of A Case for Climate Engineering (2013), is Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.
  • Kevin Kelly Kevin Kelly was the founding editor of Wired magazine and serves on the board of The Long Now Foundation. His books include Out of Control, What Technology Wants, Cool Tools and The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.
  • Stefan Kroepelin Dr. Stefan Kroepelin, a geologist and climate researcher at the University of Cologne, studies the 10,000-year interplay of human settlements and the Sahara’s changing climate.
  • Lazar Kunstmann Lazar Kunstmann is part of The Untergunther, a clandestine group with a mission to restore the neglected heritage in Paris.
  • Richard Kurin Richard Kurin, an American cultural anthropologist, museum official and author, is the Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution responsible for most of the national museums as well as a variety of cultural and educational programs.
  • Jon Lackman Jon Lackman writes on politics, science, and the arts for Harper's, The New Yorker, Slate, and has covered the activities of the Untergunther for Wired.
  • Jane Langdale Jane graduated from the University of Bath with a BSc in Applied Biology specializing in microbiology. She then went on to do a PhD in Human Genetics at the University of London and from there to a postdoc at Yale with Tim Nelson. Working in a building with Tim, Ian Sussex and Steve Dellaporta led to an almost inevitable interest in the molecular and genetic basis of plant development. Most of the early work focused on maize but now any plant species is considered depending on the biological question being asked. As these questions gain more of an evolutionary slant, the number of species being grown and studied is ever increasing.
  • J. Stephen Lansing J. Stephen Lansing has been a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Southern California since 1977. He is presently teaching at the University of Michigan where he has a joint appointment in the Department of Anthropology and the School of Natural Resources. Stephen Lansing began fieldwork in Bali in 1970, as an undergraduate. He specializes in Balinese culture and has studied and written extensively about environmental issues in Bali. Until he began his study of Balinese water temples in the early 1970s, they were largely either ignored or misunderstood by foreigners. After years of unsuccessful attempts to convince international development agencies to pay attention to the ecological roles of water temples, in 1992 Lansing and computer scientist Alan Petersen developed, with the support of the UN and others, a simplified geographic information system called “Watershed,” designed to create a two-way communication between traditional farming communities and development planners. Lansing spent seven months helping farmers, extension agents, and temple priests use this system in 1993-94 in a project that is expected to continue. Lansing’s team is currently working with 15 Balinese villages in researching the harmful effects of excessive commercial fertilizer use on the coral reef system that extends from Indonesia to the Philippines. Lansing was educated at Wesleyan University and the University of Michigan, USA. He wrote his dissertation at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, USA. He is the author of several books on Bali, including “The Balinese” (1995) and “Priests and Programmers: Technologies of Power in the Engineered Landscape of Bali” (1991). He has participated in the making of a number of films, including his collaboration with English anthropological filmmaker Andre Singer in 1988, entitled “The Goddess and the Computer,” a study of the role of Balinese water temples in ecological management.
  • Frans Lanting The world's pre-eminent wildlife photographer, Frans was born in Rotterdam, emigrated to the U.S., found his bride Chris Eckstrom — and made the world's wildest and farthest places into his studio, with the most charismatic creatures as his models. A Knight in the Royal Order of the Golden Ark, his images are iconic, lyrical, unforgettable, breathtaking.
  • Lawrence Lessig Lawrence Lessig is one of our most respected voices on the legal, political, and cultural implications of digital technology. Currently the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, Lessig founded Creative Commons in 2001 to reboot our antiquated copyright system. He is also the director of Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the founder of Rootstrikers, an activist network working to reduce the influence of money in politics. In 2000, as a professor at Stanford, he founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society. Lessig is the author of numerous books, including Code: And Other Laws of Cyberspace; The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in a Connected World; Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy; and Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Association, he has received numerous honors and was named one of the world’s “Top 50 Visionaries” by Scientific American.
  • Emily Levine Emily Levine: humorist, speaker, radio commentator, Harvard grad, Emily began her career with an improvisational comedy group called “The New York City Stickball Team.” She went on to co-write and perform a series of Emmy-winning commercial satire segments for WNET's “Fifty-First State.” Using the unique combination of humor and real information that was fast becoming her trademark, Levine provided consumer information as a weekly feature of WNBC’s News Center 4 (in New York City).

    Though her real ambition was to be an oracle, Levine settled for a career as a stand-up comedian, headlining in comedy clubs and making television appearances on shows such as David Letterman's Late Night. The LA Times called her “a stand-out as a stand-up.” Newsweek called her “one of the new queens of comedy.” Her mother called her every week. As a television writer and producer, Emily worked on shows such as Designing Women, Love and War and Dangerous Minds. She created and produced pilots for new situation comedies for CBS, NBC, ABC and HBO. Norman Lear has said: “Go see Emily Levine at the risk of blowing your mind, splitting your sides, and exiting a better person.”
  • Carl Lipo

    I currently serve as a Professor of Anthropology at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). I am part of the faculty of that forms the basis of a (virtual) Program in Archaeology and a founding member of IIRMES, a multi-disciplinary institute for the study of materials, environments and society.  At CSULB, I teach classes in Introductory Archaeology, World Prehistory, Eastern North American Prehistory, Artifact Analysis, GIS, Statistics, Method and Theory, Foundations of Anthropology Field Research Design, Geophysical Techniques, and the Scientific Study of Origins.

    My research focuses on the use of evolutionary theory to generate scientific explanations about human cultural change in the archaeological record.  I see this focus as a critical challenge for the social sciences and that our ability to be able to due this task vital to our future.  My perspective is fairly idiosyncratic to my background but lodged in the philosophy of science and evolutionary biology.

    My recent studies include the development of theoretical models and the construction of methods for studying patterns of change caused by cultural transmission and the process of natural selection in cultural systems.

    In addition, I have interests in remote sensing to efficiently and non-destructively study the record.  This work includes the use of magnetometry, resistivity, conductivity, thermal imagery and ground penetrating radar.  My field research has taken me from the Mississippi river valley to Easter Island to California and coastal Guatemala.

    I work at CSULB, a state school located in the ethereal world of southern California. We offer BA and  MA degrees in Anthropology  though I’ve been working on creating some more focused and useful degrees.  The archaeology program at CSULB consists of a focused group of courses that train students within anthropology. We have a dynamite group of MA students doing work on a huge variety of topics -- most of which end up as posters at the SAA meetings and/or publications.

  • Bjørn Lomborg Bjorn Lomborg is author of Prioritizing the World (2014), Cool It (2007), and The Skeptical Environmentalist (2001). He is president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center. Bjørn Lomborg was named one of the 100 globally most influential people by Time magazine in 2004 and has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.

  • Ed Lu Edward Tsang Lu (born July 1, 1963) is an American physicist and astronaut, a veteran of two space shuttle missions and an extended stay aboard the International Space Station.

    On August 10, 2007, Dr. Lu announced he was retiring from NASA to work at Google, where he serves as Program Manager in Advanced Projects for their PowerMeter program.
  • Mark Lynas Mark Lynas is a British author, journalist and environmental activist who focuses on climate change. He holds a degree in history and politics from the University of Edinburgh and lives in Oxford, England. He has published several books including Six Degrees: Our Future on a Hotter Planet (2007) and The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans (2011).
  • Charles C. Mann Charles C. Mann is an award winning American journalist and author, specializing in scientific topics.  He is the author of 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus and 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created amongst other work and articles.
  • Mariana Mazzucato Mariana Mazzucato is an economist whose research focuses on the role of the state in modern capitalism. Currently the RM Phillips chair in the Economics of Innovation at the University of Sussex, she is also author of the book The Entrepreneurial State: Debunking Private vs. Public Sector Myths.
  • Jane McGonigal Jane McGonigal, PhD is a world-renowned designer of alternate reality games — or, games that are designed to improve real lives and solve real problems. She believes game designers are on a humanitarian mission — and her #1 goal in life is to see a game developer win a Nobel Peace Prize. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World (Penguin Press, 2011) — and is the inventor and co-founder of SuperBetter, a game that has helped nearly half a million players tackle real-life health challenges such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and traumatic brain injury.
  • Walter Mischel Mischel is a psychologist specializing in personality theory and social psychology. He is the Robert Johnston Niven Professor of Humane Letters in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University. The world's leading expert on self-control and designer of the famous Marshmallow Test, he is the author of The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control.
  • Ian Morris Ian Morris is interested in understanding why the west has dominated the earth for the last few centuries. He began his career as an archaeologist and historian of ancient Greece, studying early texts and excavating sites around the Mediterranean Sea, but in recent years he has moved toward larger-scale questions and an evolutionary approach to world history. He has written or edited eleven books. The most recent, Why the West Rules -- For Now, asks how geography and natural resources have shaped the distribution of wealth and power around the world across the last 20,000 years and how they will shape our future. Morris' ongoing projects include a book on slavery and globalization, a study of western civilization co-authored with historian Niall Ferguson of Harvard University, and a volume of the forthcoming Cambridge History of the World.
  • Ed Moses Dr. Edward Moses has 18 years of experience developing Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) laser systems and 30 years of experience developing and managing complex laser systems and high-technology projects. As associate director (AD) for the National Ignition Facility (NIF) Program from 2005 to 2007 and now as principal associate director for the NIF & Photon Science Directorate, he is responsible for completing construction and bringing into full operation the world's largest optical instrument for achieving ignition in the laboratory and for studying inertial fusion energy. He has been instrumental in sustaining the program's current strong performance.

    Dr. Moses joined Lawrence Livermore Laboratory in 1980, becoming program leader for isotope separation and material processing and deputy AD for Lasers. From 1990 to 1995, he was a founding partner of Advanced Technology Applications, Inc., which advised clients on proposing and designing high-technology projects. He returned to LLNL in 1995 as assistant AD for program development, physics, and space technology.

    Dr. Moses received his bachelor's degree and doctorate from Cornell University in New York. He has won numerous awards, including the 2003 NNSA Award of Excellence for Significant Contribution to Stockpile Stewardship, the 2004 DOE Award of Excellence for the first joint LLNL/Los Alamos National Laboratory experiments on NIF, and the D.S. Rozhdestvensky Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Lasers and Optical Sciences. He holds seven patents in laser technology and computational physics.
  • Ramez Naam Ramez Naam holds a number of patents in technology and artificial intelligence and was involved in key product development at Microsoft. He was also CEO of Apex Nanotechnologies. His books include the Nexus trilogy of science fiction thrillers, and in non-fiction: The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet and More Than Human: Embracing the Promise of Biological Enhancement.
  • Priyamvada Natarajan Priyamvada Natarajan is Professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University. She is a theoretical astrophysicist interested in cosmology, gravitational lensing and black hole physics. Her research involves mapping the detailed distribution of dark matter in the universe exploiting the bending of light en-route to us from distant galaxies. In particular, she has focused on making dark matter maps of clusters of galaxies, the largest known repositories of dark matter. Gravitational lensing by clusters can also be utilized to constrain dark energy models and she has been developing the methodology and techniques to do so. Her work has demonstrated that cluster strong lensing offers a unique and potentially powerful laboratory to test evolving dark energy models. Priya is also actively engaged in deriving and understanding the mass assembly history of black holes over cosmic time. She is exploring a new channel for the formation of the first black holes and its observational consequences at high and low redshift. This channel produces massive seeds derived from the direct collapse of pre-galactic gas disks at the earliest epochs. This is in contrast to the conventional picture wherein light seeds are produced from the end state of the first stars. Current measurements of the masses of black holes hosted in nearby faint galaxies supports the existence of a massive seeding model. In earlier work, she argued for the existence of an upper limit to black hole masses in the universe by showing that black holes eventually stunt their own growth. This self-regulation implies the presence of ultra-massive black holes with capped masses in the centers of nearby galaxies that have since been observationally detected.
  • Nicholas Negroponte Nicholas Negroponte is an American architect best known as the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, and also known as the founder of the One Laptop per Child Association (OLPC).
  • Anne Neuberger Anne Neuberger serves as Special Assistant to the Director, NSA for the Enduring Security Framework, an executive and working level partnership between members of the IT and DIB sectors and senior Government officials in the Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, and Intelligence Community. Prior to joining NSA, Anne served as the Navy’s Deputy Chief Management Officer and a Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy, with responsibility for guiding Navy’s enterprise IT programs.

    Anne first joined government service in 2007 as a White House Fellow in the Department of Defense, working for Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. The non partisan White House Fellows Program was founded in 1964 and is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. Prior to joining government service, Anne was Senior Vice President of Operations at American Stock Transfer & Trust Company (AST), one of the largest transfer agents in the US, where she was responsible for directing operations, including dividend distributions, proxy tabulations and complex mergers and acquisitions processing. Anne joined AST in 1994 as a software programmer, was promoted to the position of Chief Information Officer in 2003 and Senior VP of Operations in 2005. As CIO, she led a team that designed and implemented systems to automate the granting and exercising of stock options as well as online share purchases and sales. As Senior VP of Operations she managed the acquisition and integration of the corporate trust operations of Wachovia Bank, NA.

    Anne earned a MBA, Beta Gamma Sigma and a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University. She graduated from Touro College, summa cum laude, where she was awarded the Hannah Lander Award for Academic Excellence and a Merit Scholarship.
  • Gavin Newsom Gavin Newsom was elected as the 49th Lieutenant Governor of the State of California on November 2, 2010. His top priorities are economic development and job creation, improving access to higher education, and maintaining California's environmental leadership. Prior to being elected Lieutenant Governor, he served two-terms as Mayor of San Francisco. Under his leadership, the economy grew and jobs were created. The City became a center for biotech and clean tech. He initiated a plan to bring universal health care to all of the City's uninsured residents. And Newsom aggressively pursued local solutions to global climate change. In the final days of his second term as Mayor, Newsom led a historic drive to host the 2013 America's Cup, one of the largest and most prestigious sporting events in the world, which is expected to generate roughly 8,000 jobs and $1.2 billion for the local and state economy.
  • Beth Simone Noveck Beth Simone Noveck was the United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government until 2011. She directed the White House Open Government Initiative at http://www.whitehouse.gov/open/.

    She is on leave as a professor law and director of the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School and McClatchy visiting professor of communication at Stanford University.

    Dr. Noveck taught in the areas of intellectual property, technology and first amendment law and founded the law school's "Do Tank," a legal and software R&D lab focused on developing technologies and policies to promote open government (dotank.nyls.edu).

    Dr. Noveck is the author of Wiki Government: How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful (2009) and editor of The State of Play: Law, Games and Virtual Worlds (2006).
  • Tim O'Reilly Tim O’Reilly is founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O’Reilly also hosts conferences, including the O’Reilly Open Source Convention, Strata Online Conference, and Tools of Change for Publishing Conference. O’Reilly’s MAKE magazine and Maker Faire have been compared to the West Coast Computer Faire, which launched the personal computer revolution. O’Reilly is also a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm, and is on the board of Safari Books Online. He watches the alpha geeks to determine emerging technology trends and uses his platform for advocacy about issues of importance to the technical community.
  • Dmitry Orlov Dmitry Orlov is an engineer and a writer on subjects related to Peak Oil. He was born in Leningrad and moved to the United States at the age of 12. Orlov was an eyewitness to the collapse of the Soviet Union over several extended visits to his Russian homeland between the late 1980s and mid-1990s. He has a BS in Computer Engineering and an MA in Applied Linguistics. His latest book is Reinventing Collapse (June 2008). His article Closing the Collapse Gap compares the collapse-preparedness of the USA and the USSR.
  • Dr. Elaine Pagels Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and author of the New York Times best-seller Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, published in March 2012. Her other books on the history of religion include the award-winning The Gnostic Gospels; Adam, Eve and the Serpant: Sex and Politics in Early Christianity; and The Origin of Satan: How Christians Demonized Jews, Pagans, and Heretics. She has been widely profiled and has received many awards, including a MacArthur Prize Fellowship. In 2005, she received the Centennial Medal from Harvard University in recognition of outstanding contributions to society. She is a trustee of the Aspen Institute.
  • Jennifer Pahlka Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America. She recently served as the US Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and the recipient of several awards, including MIT’s Kevin Lynch Award, the Oxford Internet Institute’s Internet and Society Award, and the National Democratic Institute’s Democracy Award. She spent eight years at CMP Media, where she ran the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine, Gamasutra.com, and the Independent Games Festival. Previously, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly Media. She is a graduate of Yale University. She writes @pahlkadot and codeforamerica.org/author/jen/.
  • Steven Pinker Steven Pinker is an experimental psychologist and one of the world's foremost writers on language, mind, and human nature. Currently Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Pinker has also taught at Stanford and MIT. His research on visual cognition and the psychology of language has won prizes from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Institution of Great Britain, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, and the American Psychological Association. He has also received seven honorary doctorates, several teaching awards at MIT and Harvard, and numerous prizes for his books The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, and The Blank Slate. He is Chair of the Usage Panel of the American Heritage Dictionary, and often writes for The New York Times, Time, and The New Republic. He has been named Humanist of the Year, Prospect magazine's "The World’s Top 100 Public Intellectuals," Foreign Policy's "100 Global Thinkers," and Time magazine's "The 100 Most Influential People in the World Today." His most recent book is The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.
    (photo credit: Max Gerber)
  • Michael Pollan Michael Pollan is the author of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, a New York Times bestseller.

    His previous books include The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World (2001); A Place of My Own (1997); and Second Nature (1991). A contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, Pollan is the recipient of numerous journalistic awards, including the James Beard Award for best magazine series in 2003 and the Reuters-I.U.C.N. 2000 Global Award for Environmental Journalism.

    Pollan served for many years as executive editor of Harper's Magazine and is now the Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at UC Berkeley. His articles have been anthologized in Best American Science Writing 2004, Best American Essays 2003, and the Norton Book of Nature Writing.
  • Rick Prelinger Rick Prelinger is an archivist, writer and filmmaker, and founder of the Prelinger Archives, a collection of 60,000 advertising, educational, industrial, and amateur films acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002 after 20 years' operation.

    Prelinger has partnered with the Internet Archive to make 1,970 films from Prelinger Archives available online for free viewing, downloading and reuse. With the Voyager Company, a pioneer new media publisher, he produced fourteen laserdiscs and CD-ROMs with material from his archives, including "Ephemeral Films," the "Our Secret Century" series and "Call It Home: The House That Private Enterprise Built," a laserdisc on the history of suburbia and suburban planning (co-produced with architect Keller Easterling).

    He worked at the Comedy Channel from its startup in 1989 until it was merged into the comedy network HA!, and then worked at Home Box Office until 1995. Rick has taught in the MFA Design program at New York's School of Visual Arts and lectures widely on American cultural and social history and on issues of cultural and intellectual property access.

    He sat (2001-2004) on the National Film Preservation Board as representative of the Association of Moving Image Archivists, was Board President of the San Francisco Cinematheque (2002-2007), and is currently Board President of the Internet Archive.His feature-length film "Panorama Ephemera," depicting the conflicted landscapes of 20th-century America, opened in summer 2004. He is co-founder of the Prelinger Library (with spouse Megan Shaw Prelinger), an appropriation-friendly reference library located in San Francisco.
  • Stephen Pyne Stephen Pyne is a professor in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University and author of over 20 books, including Between Two Fires. His areas of research are environmental history, the history of exploration, and the history of fire.
  • Iqbal Quadir Iqbal Z. Quadir, founder of Gonofone and GrameenPhone, is the founder and director of the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the founding co-editor of Innovations: Technology, Governance, Globalization, a journal published by MIT Press.
  • Suzanne Ramsey Known as Kitten on the Keys, Suzanne Ramsey is a pianist, singer and Master of Ceremonies.

    She has been seen on E!, HBO, IFC, NBC, Queer TV, Bravo, MTV and on countless French and Italian TV shows.
  • Lord Martin Rees Martin Rees is Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics and Master of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge. He holds the honorary title of Astronomer Royal and also Visiting Professor at Imperial College London and at Leicester University.

    After studying at the University of Cambridge, he held post-doctoral positions in the UK and the USA, before becoming a professor at Sussex University. In 1973, he became a fellow of King's College and Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at Cambridge (continuing in the latter post until 1991) and served for ten years as director of Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy. From 1992 to 2003 he was a Royal Society Research Professor. He was president of the Royal Society between 2005 and 2010 and Member of Council of the Royal Institution of Great Britain until 2010. In 2011, he was awarded the Templeton Prize.
  • John W. Rendon Jr. John W. Rendon, Jr., CEO and President of the Rendon Group, oversees our global operations. John is recognized internationally as an experienced and innovative strategic communications planner and operator. He is a leading advocate of new and emerging technologies that are changing the way individuals, agencies, and organizations observe, analyze, and communicate information. John has served as a senior communications consultant to the White House, the U.S. Department of Defense, senior government and military officials in the U.S. and internationally, and to Fortune 500 companies. He is a participant in forward-thinking organizations such as the Highlands Forum and the Aspen Institute, and is a contributor at key international strategic communications forums. Considered an authority on the real-time global information environment, John lectures on strategic communications, international campaign management, and crisis management at universities worldwide.
  • Richard Rhodes Richard Rhodes is the author or editor of 23 books including The Making of the Atomic Bomb, which won a Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award; Dark Sun: The Making of the Hydrogen Bomb, which was shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize in History; an investigation of the roots of private violence, Why They Kill; a personal memoir, A Hole in the World; a biography, John James Audubon; and four novels. He has received numerous fellowships for research and writing, including grants from the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation Program in International Peace and Security and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He has been a visiting scholar at Harvard and MIT and a host and correspondent for documentaries on public television's Frontline and American Experience series. He is an affiliate of the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University.

    A third volume of nuclear history, Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race, was published in October 2007 by Alfred A. Knopf. It examines the international politics of nuclear weapons thoughout the Cold War. A fourth and final volume, The Twilight of the Bombs, was published August 24, 2010. Rhodes lectures frequently to audiences in the United States and abroad.
  • Jim Richardson Jim Richardson is a photographer for National Geographic Magazine and a contributing editor of its sister publication, TRAVELER Magazine.  Richardson has photographed more than 25 stories for National Geographic.

    Richardson's work takes him around the world, from the tops of volcanic peaks to below the surface of swamps and wetlands. In addition to his color photography, Richardson has built a distinguished body of black-and-white documentary work about rural Kansas life. He lives in Lindsborg, Kansas, where his work is featured at his gallery, Small World, on Lindsborg's Main Street.
  • Matt Ridley Matt Ridley's books have sold over 800,000 copies, been translated into 27 languages and been short-listed for six literary prizes. In 2004 he won the National Academies Book Award from the US National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine for Nature via Nurture.

    In 2006 he published Genome, a national bestseller. In 2007 he won the Davis Prize from the US History of Science Society for Francis Crick. His most recent book, The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves, was published in 2010.

    He is married to the neuroscientist Professor Anya Hurlbert. They have two children and live at Blagdon near Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Richard Rockefeller A physician and philanthropist; chairman of the United States advisory board of the international aid group Doctors Without Borders; Trustee and Chair of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
  • Paul Romer Paul Romer is Professor of Economics at New York University's Stern School of Business and Director of its Urbanization Project. The Urbanization Project addresses a truly historic challenge and opportunity: welcoming an additional 3 - 5 billion people to urban life in less than a century. The Project's first initiative helps existing cities plan for expansion. Its second initiative fosters the creation of entirely new cities because history shows that a new city offers a uniquely important opportunity to implement systemic social reform and speed up progress.

    Prior to joining Stern, Romer taught at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, where he took an entrepreneurial detour to start Aplia, an education technology company dedicated to increasing student effort and engagement. Romer is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2002, he received the Recktenwald Prize for his work on the role of ideas in sustaining economic growth.
  • Pamela C. Ronald Pamela Ronald is Professor of Plant Pathology at the University of California, Davis, where she studies the role that genes play in a plant's response to its environment. Her laboratory has genetically engineered rice for resistance to diseases and flooding, both of which are serious problems of rice crops in Asia and Africa.

    She also serves as Vice President for the Feedstocks Division and Director of Grass Genetics at the Joint Bioenergy Institute.
  • Alexander Rose As the director of the Long Now Foundation, Alexander Rose has facilitated projects such as the 10,000 Year Clock with Danny Hillis, the Rosetta Project, Long Bets, Seminars About Long Term Thinking, Long Server and others. Rose shares several design patents on the 10,000 Year Clock with Danny Hillis, the first prototype of which is in the Science Museum of London.

    Hired as the first employee of the foundation in February of 1997, Rose has been an artist in residence at Silicon Graphics Inc., a project manager for Shamrock Communications, and a founding partner of Inertia Labs. Rose attended the Art Center College of Design and graduated with a bachelor of arts honors degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Industrial Design in 1995.
  • Jonathan Rose Jonathan Rose is a developer of green and affordable housing and author of The Well Tempered City-What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations and Human Behavior Teach us About the Future of Urban Life.
  • Philip Rosedale Philip Rosedale is Founder of Second Life and High Fidelity.
  • Paul Saffo Paul Saffo is a forecaster with over two decades experience exploring the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change. He is Managing Director of Foresight at Discern Analytics, teaches at Stanford University and is a researcher through mediaX at Stanford University. Saffo serves on a variety of not-for-profit boards including the Long Now Foundation, and the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. Saffo’s essays have appeared in a wide range of publications including The Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Wired, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. Saffo holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University and Stanford University.
  • Jesse Schell I am most passionate about creating transformational games that help people change for the better. Follow Jesse on Twitter @jesseschell
  • Orville Schell Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York. He is a former professor and dean at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Schell is the author of 14 books, nine of them about China, and a contributor to numerous edited volumes. His most recent books are Virtual Tibet, The China Reader, and Mandate of Heaven. He is also a contributor to such magazines as The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, and many others. He is a fellow at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute at Columbia University, a senior fellow at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Southern California, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is a recipient of the Overseas Press Club Award and the Harvard-Stanford Shorenstein Prize for Asian Reporting.
  • Peter Schwartz Peter Schwartz is co-founder and chairman of Global Business Network (GBN), a unique membership organization and worldwide network of strategists, business executives, scientists, and artists based in Emeryville, California.

    Established in 1988, GBN specializes in corporate scenario planning and research on the future of the business environment. From 1982 to 1986, Schwartz headed scenario planning for the Royal Dutch/ Shell Group of Companies in London. His team conducted comprehensive analyses of the global business and political environment and worked with senior management to create successful strategies.

    Before joining Royal Dutch/ Shell, Schwartz directed the Strategic Environment Center at SRI International. The Center researched the business milieu, lifestyles, and consumer values, and conducted scenario planning for corporate and government clients.

    Schwartz is the co-author of both The Long Boom, and When Good Companies Do Bad Things: Responsibility and Risk in an Age of Globalization. Schwartz is also the author of The Art of the Long View: Planning for the Future in an Uncertain World. This seminal publication on scenario planning has been translated into Dutch, Portuguese, and Chinese.

    Schwartz also co-authored Seven Tomorrows: Toward a Voluntary History with James Ogilvy and Paul Hawken in 1982, and The Emergent Paradigm: Changing Patterns of Thought and Belie with James Ogilvy in 1979. He has published and lectured widely and served as a script consultant on the films War Games and Sneakers. Schwartz received a BS in aeronautical engineering and astronautics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
  • Sara Seager Sara Seager is Professor of Planetary Science and Physics at MIT, MacArthur Fellow (02013), and author of Exoplanet Atmospheres. She is leading development of two exoplanet telescope projects.
  • Beth Shapiro A MacArthur Fellow and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Beth Shapiro runs the Paleogenomics Lab and teaches ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz. She is the author of How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-extinction.
  • Michael Shermer Michael Shermer founded The Skeptics Society and Skeptic magazine. His most recent book is The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom.
  • Tiffany Shlain Honored by Newsweek as one of the "Women Shaping the 21st Century," Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and cofounder of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. A celebrated thinker and catalyst, Tiffany is known for her ability to illuminate complex ideas in culture, science, technology, and life through her unique films, dynamic talks, and projects. Her films and work have received 50 awards and distinctions. Her last four films premiered at Sundance, including her new 2011 acclaimed feature documentary, "Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology," which the New York Times hailed as "Examining Everything From the Big Bang to Twitter," and the US State Department just selected it as one of the films to represent American in their 2012 American Film Showcase. She is currently working on a new film series, that includes "A Declaration of Interdependence and her new film "Brain Power" looking at the development of the human brain set for completion this spring. She and her team are customizing these films for free for any non-profit around the world. www.tiffanyshlain.com
  • Robin Sloan Robin Sloane is the author of “Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore,” and a media thinker. He has worked at Poynter, Current TV, and Twitter, trying to figure out the future of media, and now is seriously engaged with the concept of media inventors.
  • Adam Steltzner Adam D. Steltzner is an Engineering Fellow at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is leading the development of the Sampling System for the Mars2020 project. Most recently he was the Manager of the Entry, Descent and Landing phase of the Mars Science Laboratory project. Adam received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis 1990, he earned his MS in Applied Mechanics from Caltech, where he was the Hellwig Fellow in structural engineering, in 1991 and his Ph.D. in Engineering Physics, from UW Madison in 1999. Adam joined the JPL in 1991 and has worked on various projects including Galileo, Cassini, Mars Pathfinder, Champollion, and Comet Nucleus Sample Return, Mars Exploration Rovers and the Mars Science Laboratory. His research interests include, structural dynamics, input force determination, mechanical design, systems engineering, and leadership of high performance teams. He most recently led the team that developed the Curiosity Rover’s landing system. He is increasingly aware of the importance of team culture and dynamics in delivering a team’s final product.
  • Neal Stephenson Neal Stephenson is the best-selling author of such novels as Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, Cryptonomicon, and The Baroque Cycle. He is best know for writing science fiction (in the postcyberpunk genre) and his interests often lead him into investigations of society, mathematics, cryptology, currency and the history of science.
  • Bruce Sterling Michael Bruce Sterling is an American science fiction author, best known for his novels and his seminal work on the Mirrorshades anthology, which defined the cyberpunk genre.

    In 2003 he was appointed Professor at the European Graduate School where he is teaching Summer Intensive Courses on media and design. In 2005, he became "visionary in residence" at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
  • Daniel Suarez An avid gamer and technologist, Daniel Suarez (aka Leinad Zeraus) is a senior IT consultant to Fortune 1000 companies. He has designed enterprise software for the defense, finance, and entertainment industries. Daemon is his first novel.
  • Rachel Sussman Rachel Sussman, b. 1975, grew up in Baltimore, punctuated by stints in Santa Fe and Nicoya, Costa Rica. She received her BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in 1998 and has been awarded artist's residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Cooper Union, and Vermont Studio Center. She is currently a member of the Macdowell Fellows Executive Committee and was named Evelyn Stefansson Nef Fellow in 2005. In 2007, she served as Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Artist at Rollins College.

    Over the past 10 years Sussman has exhibited in the US and Europe. New York venues include the Museum of Natural History, Jen Bekman Gallery, Christie's, New Century Artists, Pierogi, Momenta, Artists Space, Cue Art Foundation and Galapagos Art Space. Her work has also been shown at the LA Design Center, University of Pennsylvania and Vox Populi in Philadelphia, Photography 2005 at the Renaissance Society in Chicago, Stenersenmuseet in Norway, D21 Kunstraum, Pierogi Liepzig, as well as Artnews Projects and Galerie Engler & Piper, Berlin.

    Additionally, Sussman is an Interactive Producer managing projects ranging for NBC.com's Homicide and Saturday Night Live sites to educational software employing speech recognition technologies. She also performed trapeze as part of the duo The Amazing Siblings in venues throughout New York, though her acrobatic career was cut short when she was sidelined by a rotator cuff injury.
  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb Nassim Nicholas Taleb is an essayist, belletrist, and researcher.

    Taleb is currently a researcher at London Business School. He the Dean’s Professor in the Sciences of Uncertainty University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Fellow in Mathematics in Finance, Adjunct Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University (since 1999), and research fellow, Wharton School Financial Institutions Center, and Chairman, Empirica LLC.

    Taleb held senior trading positions with trading houses in New York and London and operated as a floor trader before founding Empirica LLC. His degrees include an MBA from the Wharton School and a Ph.D. from the University of Paris. He is the author of Dynamic Hedging, Fooled by Randomness, and The Black Swan.
  • Jill Tarter Astronomer Jill Tarter is Director of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute's Center for SETI Research, and also holder of the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI. She has devoted her career to hunting for signs of sentient beings elsewhere, and almost all aspects of this field have been affected by her work.

    Tarter led for Project Phoenix, a decade-long SETI scrutiny of about 750 nearby star systems, using telescopes in Australia, West Virginia and Puerto Rico. While no clearly extraterrestrial signal was found, this project was the most comprehensive targeted search for artificially generated cosmic signals ever undertaken. Tarter currently serves on the management board for the Allen Telescope Array, a massive new instrument that will eventually comprise 350 antennas, each 6 meters in diameter. This telescope will be able to enormously increase the speed, and the spectral range, of the hunt for signals from other distant technologies by orders of magnitude.
  • Philip E. Tetlock Philip Tetlock is author of Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction and Expert Political Judgment: How Good Is It? How Can We Know?. He is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and co-creator of The Good Judgment Project; a multi year study on crowd forecasting of world events.
  • Jim Thomas Jim Thomas is a Research Programme Manager and Writer with ETC group. His background is in communications, writing on emerging technologies and international campaigning. For the seven years previous to joining ETC Group Thomas was a researcher and campaigner on Genetic Engineering and food issues for Greenpeace International - working in Europe, North America, Australia/New Zealand and South East Asia. He has extensive experience on issues around transgenic crops and nanotechnologies has written articles, chapters and technical reports in the media and online. Trained as a historian to look back at the history of technology, Thomas is now busy communicating the future of technology.
  • Tierney Thys Tierney Thys, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, is a marine biologist with a doctorate in biomechanics. She has worked with Earle and studies Mola molas (giant sunfish) in addition to her work with Sea Studios Foundation, a documentary film company.
  • Sander van der Leeuw An archaeologist and historian by training, after teaching appointments at Leyden, Amsterdam, Cambridge (UK) and Paris he presently holds the Chair of Anthropology at Arizona State University in the USA. He is an External Faculty Member of the Santa Fe Institute, a Correspondent of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Member of the Institut Universitaire de France.

    His research interests have been in archaeological theory, reconstruction of ancient ceramic technologies, regional archaeology, (ancient and modern) man-land relationships, GIS and modelling, and Complex Systems Theory. He did archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Holland and France, and conducted ethno-archaeological studies in the Near East, the Philippines and Mexico.
  • J. Craig Venter J. Craig Venter, Ph.D., is regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 21st century for his numerous invaluable contributions to genomic research. He is Founder, Chairman, and CEO of the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit, research organization with approximately 300 scientists and staff dedicated to human, microbial, plant, synthetic and environmental genomic research, and the exploration of social and ethical issues in genomics.

    Dr. Venter is also Founder and CEO of Synthetic Genomics Inc (SGI), a privately held company dedicated to commercializing genomic-driven solutions to address global needs such as new sources of energy, new food and nutritional products, and next generation vaccines.
  • Vernor Vinge Vernor Steffen Vinge is a retired San Diego State University (SDSU) Professor of Mathematics, computer scientist, and science fiction author.
  • Jimmy Wales Jimmy Wales is an American Internet entrepreneur best known as the founder of the Wikimedia Foundation, the charity which operates Wikipedia.org, and as the co-founder of Wikia.com.

    Wales received his Bachelor's degree in finance from Auburn University and his Master's in finance from University of Alabama. He was appointed a fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School in 2005 and in 2006, he joined the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization Creative Commons.

    In January of 2001, Wales started Wikipedia.org, the online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, and today Wikipedia and its sister projects are among the top-five most visited sites on the web. In mid-2003, Wales set up the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization based in St. Petersburg, Florida, to support Wikipedia.org. The Foundation, now based in downtown San Francisco, boasts a staff of close to thirty focusing on fundraising, technology, and programming relating to the expansion of Wikipedia. Wales now sits on the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, and as founder continues to act as a key spokesperson.

    In 2004, Wales co-founded Wikia.com, a completely separate company that enables groups of people to share information and opinions that fall outside the scope of an encyclopedia. Wikia's community-created wikis range from video games and movies to finance and environmental issues. Wikia's network is now ranked in the top 75 of all websites according to Quantcast.com, and strong growth continues.

    Wales has received a Pioneer Award, the Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize in 2011, the Monaco Media Prize, the 2009 Nokia Foundation annual award, the Business Process Award at the 7th Annual Innovation Awards and Summit by The Economist, The 2008 Global Brand Icon of the Year Award,and on behalf of the Wikimedia project the Quadriga award of Werkstatt Deutschland for A Mission of Enlightenment. In 2007, The World Economic Forum recognized Wales as one of the 'Young Global Leaders.' This prestigious award acknowledges the top 250 young leaders for their professional accomplishments, their commitment to society and their potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. In addition, Wales received the 'Time 100 Award' in 2006, as he was named one of the world's most influential people in the 'Scientists & Thinkers' category.
  • Peter Warshall Trained at Harvard as a biological anthropologist, ecologist Warshall was the natural-systems editor for the Whole Earth Catalog and was the editor for Whole Earth Review for a decade.  He was also the author of Septic Tank Practices.
  • Andy Weir Andy Weir has been a professional software engineer since the age of 15. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. The Martian is his first novel.
  • Alan Weisman Alan Weisman is an award-winning journalist whose reports have appeared in Harper’s, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, Discover, and on NPR, among others. A former contributing editor to The Los Angeles Times Magazine, he is a senior radio producer for Homelands Productions and teaches international journalism at the University of Arizona. His essay Earth Without People (Discover magazine, February 2005), on which The World Without Us expands, was selected for Best American Science Writing 2000 - 2007.
  • Laura Welcher Laura Welcher is the Additional Project Idea Representative for the Rosetta Project.
  • Geoffrey West Geoffrey West is Distinguished Professor and former President of the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) and an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School, Oxford University. Prior to joining SFI in 2003, he was leader of high energy physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where he remains a Senior Fellow. He received his B.A. from Cambridge University in 1961 and his Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University in 1966. After spells at Cornell and Harvard Universities, he returned to Stanford in 1970 to join the faculty. He was President of SFI from 2005–2009.

    West is a theoretical physicist whose primary interests have been in fundamental questions in physics and biology, ranging from the elementary particles, their interactions and cosmological implications to the origins of universal scaling laws and a unifying quantitative framework of biology. His research in biology has included metabolic rate, growth, aging and mortality, sleep, cancer, and ecosystem dynamics.

    His recent work has focused on developing an underlying quantitative theory for the structure and dynamics of cities, companies and long-term sustainability, including rates of growth and innovation, the accelerating pace of life, and why companies die, yet cities survive.

    He has given many colloquia, keynote addresses and public lectures world-wide. Awards include the Mercer Prize from the Ecological Society of America, the Weldon Prize for Mathematical Biology, and the Glenn Award for Aging research. He has been featured in many publications world-wide including The New York Times, Nature, Science, The Financial Times, Time, Newsweek and Scientific American and has participated in television productions including Nova, National Geographic and the BBC. His work was selected as a breakthrough idea of 2007 by Harvard Business Review and, in 2006, he was named to Time magazine’s list of “100 Most Influential People in the World”.
  • E. O. Wilson Edward Osborne Wilson (born June 10, 1929) is an American biologist (Myrmecology, a branch of entomology), researcher (sociobiology, biodiversity), theorist (consilience, biophilia), and naturalist (conservationism). Wilson is known for his career as a scientist, his advocacy for environmentalism, and his scientific humanist ideas concerned with religious, moral, and ethical matters. As of 2007, he was the Pellegrino Research Professor in Entomology for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is a Humanist Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism.
  • Ken Wilson Ken Wilson has served as Executive Director of The Christensen Fund since August 2002.
  • Simon P. Worden Simon P. ("Pete") Worden, Ph.D. (Brig. Gen., USAF, Ret.) is Director of NASA's Ames Research Center (ARC) at Moffett Field, Calif. Before joining NASA, he held several positions in the United States Air Force and was research professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is a recognized expert on space issues – both civil and military. Dr. Worden has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers in astrophysics, space sciences, and strategic studies. He served as a scientific co-investigator for two NASA space science missions, and received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for the 1994 Clementine mission. He has been named the 2009 Federal Laboratory Consortium Laboratory Director of the Year.
  • Alex Wright Alex Wright is a writer and information architect who lives and works in New York City. He's the author of Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages. Alex has led information architecture initiatives for The New York Times, Harvard University, IBM, Microsoft, The Long Now Foundation, Internet Archive, and Yahoo!, among others. His work has won numerous industry awards, including a Webby nomination, Cool Site of the Year award, the PRSA Silver Anvil and an American Graphic Design Award. Alex's writing has appeared in Salon.com, The Christian Science Monitor, The Believer, Harvard Magazine, Utne Reader, Yankee, Think, Boxes and Arrows, New Architect, WebTechniques, Boston Business, Design Times and Library Journal, among others. A popular speaker and lecturer, Alex has presented at The Long Now Foundation, Gartner Group, UC-Berkeley, the Institute of Design-Chicago, Seybold, the ASIS&T Information Architecture Summit, CMP Web conferences, Association of Internet Professionals, Creating for the Web, and numerous IBM conferences. Alex holds a B.A. in English and American Literature from Brown University and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. He has also completed graduate coursework in journalism at Harvard, and in usability engineering at UC-Berkeley.
  • Will Wright Will Wright is an American video game designer and co-founder of the game development company Maxis, now part of Electronic Arts (EA). In April 2009, he left EA to run "Stupid Fun Club", an entertainment think tank in which Wright and EA are principal shareholders.

    The first computer game Wright designed was Raid on Bungeling Bay in 1984, but it was SimCity that brought him to prominence. The game was released by Maxis, a company Wright formed with Jeff Braun, and he built upon the game's theme of computer simulation with numerous other titles including SimEarth and SimAnt.

    Wright's greatest success to date comes from being the original designer for The Sims. The game spawned multiple sequels and expansions, and Wright has earned many awards for his work. His latest work, Spore, was released in September 2008 and features gameplay based upon the model of evolution and scientific advancement. The game sold 406,000 copies within three weeks of its release.
  • Carl Zimmer Carl Zimmer is Contributor for WIRED and Columnist for The New York Times.
  • Alexander Zwissler Alexander Zwissler is the Executive Director and CEO of the Chabot Space and Science Center, a position he has held since April, 2007.

    Prior to joining Chabot, Zwissler was the Executive Director of the Fort Mason Foundation in San Francisco, California from 1999 to 2006. Zwissler attended public schools before going on to receive a B.A. in Political Science, with Honors, at the University of California at Berkeley. After graduating from Berkeley, Zwissler went on to become a Postgraduate Research Fellow at the Centre for Mass Communication Research at the University of Leicester, England, conducting research on the development of international satellite broadcasting.

    Prior to joining the Fort Mason Foundation in 1999, Zwissler had a 17-year career in the cable television and telecommunications industry and was Director of ComTel, the United Kingdom's fourth largest cable television and telephone company.

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