ContactCon List of Participants
Confirmed Participants August 2011 (please add your profile if you're definitely coming)
Confirmed Participants so far:
Michel Bauwens is a Belgian national working out of Thailand, focusing on a book about P2P Theory which adequately describes and explains current trends, to propose, in dialog with others, sustainable strategies for political and social change, i.e. to achieve a 'commons-based society' that can operate within a reformed market and state.
His past includes creation of two internet start-ups, the intranet/extranet company E-Com (sold to Alcatel) and the interactive marketing company Kyberco (sold to Tagora holding). He was European Mgr. of Thought Leadership for MarchFIRST, and ebusiness strategy director for Belgacom, Belgium’s leading telco (1999-2002).
He started his career as information analyst and reference librarian for the United States Information Agency (1983-2000), worked as information manager for British Petroleum (1990-1993) (where he created one of the first virtual information centers and is credited for coining the concept of cybrarian), and is former editor-in-chief of the first European digital convergence magazine, the Dutch language Wave.
George Pór is an evolutionary thinker/activist and strategic learning partner to visionary leaders in business, government and civil society, in matters of communities of practice and innovation-boosting, multi-stakeholder global events and processes. He is a pioneer of virtual communities, knowledge ecology, and collective intelligence research, and a seasoned practitioner of Theory U, World Café and the Art of Hosting.
George is passionate about co-creating a world in which the full development of everyone is the goal of the whole. Work as creative self-expression is ceased to be the privilege of the few, and recognized as birthright of the multitude; a world, where all social institutions are designed to increase aliveness, joy, and prosperity for all. He is working for that by designing/advising projects that amplify collective intelligence and wisdom in organizations and social ecosystems. His methodology, the Innovation Architecture, combines social, cognitive, and electronic technologies for resilience, innovation, and regeneration.
His academic teaching and research posts included: Université de Paris, UC Berkeley, California Institute for Integral Studies, INSEAD, London School of Economics, and Universiteit van Amsterdam. George lives in London and speaks English, French, Hungarian and Russian.
Thomas Heydt-Benjamin researches security and privacy properties of ubiquitous and pervasive computing systems. Thomas brings with him to this work his prior experience in both attacks on and defenses of pervasive computing systems. In 2007 he participated in investigation of new contactless smart credit cards used in the United States, in which the team discovered serious flaws. In 2008 he and colleagues examined security and privacy properties of pacemakers and implantable cardiac defibrillators, determining that some aspects of existing designs may present dangerous security vulnerabilities. As a member of the security and cryptography team at IBM Zurich Research Laboratory from 2008 to 2009, Thomas worked with ZRL's famous anonymous credentials systems, inventing several extensions to anonymous credentials. Thomas is currently focused on novel solutions to real world security problems in resource constrained devices similar to the credit cards and pacemakers he has previously studied. Thomas started hacking and exploring computer security systems at age 6 when first exposed to assembler programming on the IBM PC. This early interest lead to formal study of computer science during high school through the Science Honors Program at Columbia University. He then earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Yale University, and a Master of Science in computer science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Marc Canter is CEO of Broadband Mechanics, which produces People Aggregator, a social networking tool with source available (but not under an open source license). Previously, he was a founder of the company that became Macromedia.
His blog, Marc's Voice, frequently critiques other Internet luminaries and competitors, such as Mark Zuckerberg.
Canter is also a contributor to many open standards efforts and advocates for end-user controlled digital identities and content - being a co-founder of the "Identity Gang", and a co-signer of the Social Web Users' Bill of Rights.
He has consulted with global corporations including PCCW and Intel and has written on the multimedia industry, micro-content publishing and social networking.
Canter is developing software in the Greater Cleveland area and teaching classes at Case Western Reserve University
- Suresh Fernando, [OpenKollab]
Suresh Fernando's primary current project is the development of ProM, a 'dating site' for the climate action movement. The ProM concept is described here. The current status of the project is described here. As a part of this project, Suresh and the rest of the ProM team are developing the architecture and processes for scalable open projects.
During the last several years Suresh has been focused on developing innovative solutions and strategies in both the open collaboration and social finance space. He is the co-founder of OpenKollab, a virtual think tank exploring ways of leveraging recent developments in open collaboration processes, peer-to-peer culture, technology infrastructure, interoperability protocols etc. in service of massive social and systemic change. He is also a senior consultant for Cognitive Policy Works. Suresh is a social innovator who marries innovative strategies and models by fusing a deep understanding of collaboration processes and tools, community building platforms and processes and social finance models. He is also currently providing enterprise cross-boundary collaboration services; assisting organizations to identify the appropriate technology infrastructure and processes to effectively work together across organizational boundaries.
Adam Fisk is a P2P bit twiddler who was the lead engineer at LimeWire before founding Little Shoot and Brave New Software. Adam is continuing to work on LittleShoot as well as Brave New Software's first project, the P2P censorship circumvention tool "Lantern." Lantern uses the LittleShoot P2P platform, a decentralized, encrypted, open source and standards-based platform for an Internet with fewer points of control.
does not like to be described in a paragraph, but he is an entrepreneur since he was 18 and is interested in changing the world for the better, freedom, microworlds and the different around us, artificial intelligence (which he studied at the university), esp. bridging bio and AI worlds in fields like rule based systems (I believe that's how DNA works) and evolution. Recent more specific interests are Bitcoin (peer to peer currency), bridging virtual and physical spaces and a hackerspace Progressbar he co-founded in Bratislava. He also wrote two books and his working on his third, all of them unreadable to all but a small club of Slovak-speaking humanoids.
I am attending Contact to meet people. I am a part of kyberia.sk, an active 'underground' community which was originally inspired by a book written by a well known Contact conference organizer :). For me, I expect inspiring people and I hope I can contribute something. If you happen to be in New York before conference, I would love to meet before, one day is not enough!
Paul Hartzog, one of the coiners of the word "panarchy," is an independent scholar and hacker, and has taught at the University of Michigan's School of Information.
Cofounder of The Future Forward Institute, and recipient of an NSF IGERT to study complex systems, he has a Masters in Globalization and Environmental Politics from the University of Utah, and a Masters in Political Theory from the University of Michigan.
His work on panarchy hybridizes political philosophy/economy, network culture, complex systems, and critical social theory. His interests include Complexity Theory, Cooperation, International Relations, Environmental Politics, Information Society and Economy, Information Technologies, Sustainable Development, Network Culture, and Ethics.
Scott Heiferman is CEO and a co-founder of Meetup, a service that helps people use the internet to organize local community groups with local offline meetings. Meetup originally gained notoriety as the grassroots backbone of the Howard Dean presidential campaign in 2004.
As of April 2008, five million people have registered on Meetup. Meetup's investors include eBay, Omidyar Network, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Esther Dyson, and others.
Heiferman also co-founded Fotolog and i-traffic.
Prior to founding i-traffic, Heiferman was employed by Sony with the title "Interactive Marketing Frontiersman." In 2005, Scott received the Jane Addams Award from the National Conference on Citizenship.
In 2004 M.I.T. Technology Review awarded Scott "Innovator of the Year" for his work with Meetup. He graduated from The University of Iowa in 1994 and has posted a photo on his personal Fotolog for every day since 2001.
Aaron Huslage has been hacking on Internet technologies since 1987, and been a thought leader in the Internet industry since 1993. His greatest talent lies in communicating highly technical information to those who aren’t highly technical.
He constantly researches new and emerging technologies and the latest system management techniques with an emphasis on very large-scale, low-cost, simple mobile, wireless and public interest communications. Aaron is a member of the organizing committee for O’Reilly’s Emerging Telephony Conference. He is intimately familiar with Sun Microsystems offerings, and heavily committed to the concept of Open Everything including OpenBTS.
Steve Johnson is an expert on product management in technology products, using an outside-in, market-driven approach that creates successful products that people want to buy.
Author, Where Good Ideas Come From
Venessa Miemis is a futurist and digital ethnographer, researching the impacts of social technologies on society and culture and designing systems to facilitate innovation and the evolution of consciousness.
She earned a Masters in Media Studies at the New School in NYC.
She is the founder and editor of Emergent by Design, and a principal organizer with Doug Rushkoff of the CONTACT conference.
blog: Emergent by Design
Richard Metzger (born October 25, 1965 in Wheeling, West Virginia) is a television host and author.
He was the host of the TV show Disinformation (United Kingdom Channel 4, 2000-01), The Disinformation Company and its website, Disinfo.com.
He is currently the host of the online talk show Dangerous Minds.
He is the author of two books, Disinformation: The Interviews (2002) which feature unedited interviews with several of the characters and thinkers who were guests on the series and Book of Lies: The Disinformation Guide To Magick & The Occult (2004) an anthology of occult essays.
- Genesis P-Orridge - musician, artist, founder Throbbing Gristle
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (born Neil Andrew Megson 22 February 1950) is an English singer-songwriter, musician, writer and artist.
His early confrontational performance work in COUM Transmissions in the late 1960s and early 1970s along with the industrial band Throbbing Gristle, which dealt with subjects such as prostitution, pornography, serial killers, occultism and his own exploration of gender issues, generated controversy.
Later musical work with Psychic TV received wider exposure, including some chart-topping singles.
P-Orridge is credited on over 200 releases.
Pariser's rise to prominence as a political activist began when he and college student David H. Pickering launched an online petition calling for a nonmilitary response to the attacks of September 11th. (At the time, he was working as a program assistant for the national nonprofit More Than Money.)
In less than a month, half a million people had signed the petition and in November of that year, Moveon.org founders Wes Boyd and Joan Blades asked Pariser to join their organization.
During the 2004 US Presidential Election, Pariser co-created the Bush in 30 Seconds ad contest and raised over $30 million from small donors to run ads and back Democratic and progressive candidates.
- Mark Pesce - inventor, technologist, futurist
Mark Pesce is an inventor, author and educator, best known for work that fused the World Wide Web with real-time 3D computer graphics; the result, known as VRML (for Virtual Reality Modeling Language) has become an international standard.
The author of numerous articles on science, technology, media and the arts, Pesce has also written five books, including The Playful World: How Technology is Transforming Our Imagination (Random House, 2000) which presented a roadmap of key 21st century technologies.
Pesce contends we are entering an ‘era of hyperdistribution’ that will radically change our media ecosystem. Central to this shift is the take-up of p2p filesharing software like BitTorrent that provides the first truly efficient digital media distribution platform based on the principles of swarming.
More recently Pesce has discussed the importance of articulated social networks as a means to socially filter increasing informational pressure and sort quality material based on recommendations from trusted sources.
He is also the co-Founder of techPresident.com, an award winning blog that covers how the Obama administration is using the web, and how technology is empowering new levels of citizen engagement throughout the United States.
He is also the Founder a not for profit organization called MOUSE.org focused on 21st century public education, Co-Founder of Mideastwire.com, which translates Arabic and Farsi news and opinion pieces into English, and serves as Senior Technology Advisor to the Sunlight Foundation a Washington DC focused on using technology to help make government more transparent.
He is also the Chairman of the NY Tech Meetup, a 15,000 member organization of technologists, venture funders, marketers in New York City.
Sam Rose founded a commons-based business model consultancy that builds theory and practice in the open, helping communities and social enterprises create and usefully deploy open source software, open licensed hardware, and open education resources.
He is interested in effective knowledge synthesis, and in exploring and developing the concepts of open knowledge, open design, and open business.
He is involved in a growing list of blogs, wikis, social software experiments and developings, including CoummunityWiki, Meatball Wiki, Cooperation Commons Weblog, Smartmobs Weblog. Sam Rose is also a partner and principle technologist in http://hollymeadcapital.com
Past clients have included Howard Rheingold, MacArthur Foundation, MIT Press, Stanford University, USDA, David Korten and People Centered Development Forum, and the Cooperation Commons and Social Media Classroom community.
Rachel Rosenfelt is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of The New Inquiry.
She is also a new media and marketing consultant based in New York. Prior to The New Inquiry she worked at the World Wide Workshop Foundation, rising to Program Manager.
She holds her degree from Barnard College in the field of Women’s Studies, where online activism and organization for women’s issues sparked her interest in the transformational power of new media.
- Douglas Rushkoff - media theorist, author
Douglas Rushkoff is an American media theorist, writer, columnist, lecturer, graphic novelist and documentarian.
He is best known for his association with the early cyberpunk culture, and his advocacy of open source solutions to social problems.
Rushkoff is most frequently regarded as a media theorist, and known for coining terms and concepts including viral media (or media virus), digital native, and social currency.
He has written ten books on media, technology, and culture. He wrote the first syndicated column on cyberculture for The New York Times Syndicate, as well as regular columns for The Guardian of London, Arthur, Discover and the online magazines Daily Beast, TheFeature.com and meeting industry magazine One+.
Rushkoff currently teaches in the Media Studies department at The New School University in Manhattan.
Micah Sifry is a co-founder and editor of the Personal Democracy Forum, a daily website and annual conference on how technology is changing politics.
He is also the editor of PdF’s new group blog TechPresident, which focuses on how the campaigns are using the web and how the web is using them. Along with his partner Andrew Rasiej, he consults on how political organizations, campaigns, non-profits and media entities can adapt to and thrive in a networked world.
He is the author or editor of four books, the most recent being Is That a Politician in Your Pocket? (John Wiley & Sons, 2004), written with Nancy Watzman.
He is also an adjunct professor at the Political Science Department of the City University of New York/Graduate Center, where he teaches a course called “Writing Politics.”
Nikos Salingaros is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and is an innovative urbanist and philosopher. The author of several books on urbanism and architectural theory, he is one of the pioneers who are defining "P2P Urbanism" (a free online book). Along with a group of associates, he is creating a bottom-up approach to architecture and urban design based upon shared evidence-based rules, opposing mysticism and the myth of false scarcity of the "architect as creative genius".
His work on the "networked city" was incorporated into the "New Charter of Athens" (European Council of Town Planners, 2003). He collaborated with Christopher Alexander in editing the four-volume "The Nature of Order" and has made fundamental contributions to using Patterns in design. His career began in mathematical physics, working on field theory and thermonuclear fusion before turning his attention to architecture and urbanism. He is a member and on the Committee of Honor of INTBAU, and was voted 11th among the most important urbanists of all time in a 2009 Planetizen poll.
Trying to explain society's head-long rush towards extinction requires a novel understanding of thought manipulation and media collusion in spreading unhealthy image-based architectural and urban typologies. He introduced the meme explanation for the persistence of anti-patterns in architecture and urbanism, touching upon the controversial relationship between architectural memes, cult mentality, and substitute religions.
Dave Winer in Brooklyn, New York City) is an American software developer, entrepreneur and writer in New York City.
Winer is noted for his contributions to outliners, scripting, content management, and web services, as well as blogging and podcasting.
He is the founder of the software companies Living Videotext and Userland Software, a former contributing editor for the Web magazine HotWired, the author of the Scripting News weblog, a former research fellow at Harvard Law School, and current visiting scholar at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.
- Nathan Solomon - superfluid
Nathan Solomon co-founded superfluid with Branimir Vasilic. This initiative grows from their shared obsession with getting shit done, and was conceived to help humans build and coordinate socially-enabled teams for execution of the projects that matter to them, and sometimes to others, without recourse to $. In addition to bringing together the broader superfluid membership, this system facilitates existing communities forming discrete areas within superfluid.
Nathan created the first digital distribution of AAA game titles, the first wireless in-store distribution of games in the US, has held roles with national ad agencies as Chief Technologist and Executive Producer, and was a cinematography fellow of the American Film Instute. Thoughout his career, he has worked to provide coherent contexts empowering creative and technical execution. His hobby is VeloBase.org
Recognizing the need to reclaim our power to create community wealth, Mickki Langston co-founded the Mile High Business Alliance in 2007. Currently serving as Executive Director, Mickki combines her passion for social and environmental sustainability with her experience as a small business owner and entrepreneur. Her work with the business alliance focuses on organizing local business owners in working together to build a more connected, resilient and healthy local economy that doesn't sacrifice people and the planet for the sake of profit.
Mickki is also a doula, gardener and current fellow in the BoldLeaders Professional Fellows in Food Security program, which connects East African and American fellows to build more resilient local food systems.
Steven Brewer is the Director of the Biology Computer Resource Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is a consultant to faculty on the implementation of technology in support of education. He advocates for technology that empowers students to engage in authentic, collaborative, learner-centered activity that applies science in the real world. BREWER is equal parts scientist, technologist, and educator: whether in the field catching mongooses or tardigrades; with 20 terminal windows open hacking php in a drupal module; or exhorting students to take control of their own education and embrace transformation. He is also is a fluent speaker and teacher of the Esperanto language and a published author of essays, fiction, and haiku in Esperanto.
Rob Peters is a recognized thought leader, speaker and writer, for the capture, measurement and utilization of Relationship Capital (“RC”). He has played a significant role in the creation of industry standards and best practices for the capture of RC. Rob was co-chair of the DePaul University School of Digital Media's I.T. Executive Leadership Lab from 2002 through 2006. He was certified by the Relationship Networking Industry Association in January 2010. Rob has been a trusted resource with 25 years of relationship management experience at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), Capgemini Financial Services, Headstrong, Keane, Romac International and IBM. Rob’s experience resulted in a passion: helping leaders and companies build, maintain, and validate their online reputations. He founded Standard of Trust in 2010 to deliver on this passion. Relationship Capital (RC) is a score based on promises made and kept by people and enterprises, and on people's opinions and feelings concerning those that make the promises. The score is not made public automatically. Owners decide who can see their RC accounts, and how much they can see. Standard of Trust helps clients capture RC and apply it to leverage their good reputations online.
Isaac Wilder founded the Free Network Movement in September 2010. Since that time, he has been an active participant in the global conversation regarding next network initiatives. In his role as leader of the FNM, Isaac served as lead architect of a public mesh network called grinnellMIND, currently serving the town of Grinnell, IA. After finishing his second year at Grinnell College in May of 2011, Isaac plans to leave school and pursue free network advocacy full-time. He is also a developer and contributor to the Diaspora project.
As part of the struggle for network freedom, Isaac is interested in sustainable agriculture, freeganism, alternative currencies, and living in domes. He believes very strongly in the potential of a free network to topple entrenched civilizational hierarchies of power.
- Devin Balkind - Sarapis Foundation
The Sarapis Foundation believes that access to technology is a human right and that the only way we can secure this right is by creating an entire ecosystem of free/libre/opensource (FLO) technologies people can use to create wealth and wellness for themselves and their communities.
We're active in the Northeastern, US - especially NYC and North Eastern Pennsylvania. If you work on FLO projects and need food, shelter and some friends in the NYC area, please reach out to thefolks[at]sarapisfoundation.org.
- Peter Fein - Telecomix - twitter: @petewearspantsPeter Fein is an agent with Telecomix, an ad-hoc volunteer disorganization of Internauts who support free communication. Telecomix was instrumental in keeping the internet online in Egypt during the Jan 25 revolution. We have since been active in fighting censorship in Libya, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Bahrian and elsewhere. Pete is an expert Python programmer and a frequent conference speaker. He is currently developing Where's the Party, a distributed censorship-resistant mirror network. More on Telecomix: Guardian (UK), Owni (FR)
The Doctor (less formally known as Bryce) was loomed with a 1200bps modem in one hand and a soldering iron in the other. Life started getting interesting when he gave a presentation in defense of Kevin Mitnick for a high school english class, and somehow wound up explaining what PGP was, how it worked, and why it was important. Through his career he's been an IT consultant, a security analyst, a system administrator, a VoIP engineer, a security contractor, a penetration tester, a security researcher, and a professional head scratcher and "Hmm.. that's interesting.."'er. In his spare time the Doctor has taught seminars on practical privacy and anonymity techniques, Tor, wireless security, penetration testing, information security, and open source intelligence gathering.
The Doctor is one of the developers of Project Byzantium, a rapidly deployable, improvisable mesh network which people can use to communicate and collaborate during times when the telecommunication infrastructure is unavailable or has been compromised. Project Byzantium aims to help solve the Egypt Problem (telecommunications are unavailable or heavily filtered, as in the case of Egypt in January 2011) as well as the Katrina Problem (a natural disaster such as a hurricane or blizzard knocks out large portions of the infrastructure). Byzantium will implement a mesh network which requires minimal effort to configure which any wireless enabled device can make use of. Byzantium nodes are based upon a F/OSS software stack that turns them into mesh routers which are also capable of making collaboration services available (including but not limited to microblogs, wikis, chat servers, streaming media servers, and gateways to the Internet in the event that not all connectivity is knocked out), along with the necessary support software to make deployment as fast and simple as possible (including DHCP, DNS, and service announcement and cateloging). Initially, Byzantium will be implemented as a live distribution of Linux; later, easily installable and mirrorable metapackages will be made available for a number of Linux distributions. Full documentation for setting up and configuring a Byzantium node will be freely published, as will step-by-step instructions for recommended improvised communications devices. Development sprints are held monthly at HacDC.
o Jonathan Salem Baskin - Histories of Social Media
Jonathan is a marketer working to develop a new model for brands in the age of P2P conversation. He has led communications for Nissan, Limited Brands, and Blockbuster, and served on the executive marketing committee Apple's launch of the first iMac. Jonathan has published three books (the fourth, on truth in marketing, is scheduled for release in the spring of 2012), writes on leadership for Advertising Age, and blogs about marketing at Dim Bulb (http://www.dimbulb.net) and historical examples of social experience at Histories of Social Media.
He is a senior fellow at the Society for New Communications Research, a member of the Advisory Board at Social Media Today, and was recently named a Senior Scholar at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. o
Nancy B. Roof, PhD Kosmos Journal
Nancy Roof, Ph.D. is the founder of the award-winning Kosmos Journal: The Journal for Global Citizens Creating Planetary Civilization and World Community, which is based on evolving interior development and cultural values as they impact globalization and world community. Kosmos Associates, Inc. is also actively involved in the founding of the Global Commons movement with James B. Quilligan of the Global Commons Trust. Nancy won the 2009 Images and Voices of Hope award for journalism as a tool to inform, inspire and engage individual and collective participation in a global shift to higher-level thinking. In 2004, Kosmos was nominated by Utne for excellence. Her testimony on the human dimension of the United Nations was distributed to the US President and Congress. As a founder of Transpersonal Psychology (late 70s), she served as a spiritual guide to individuals for 20 years. In the late 80s, she began to define the field of global transformation at the United Nations, where she successfully lobbied for elevated global standards in international treaties and co-founded the Values Caucus (1994) and the Spiritual Caucus (2000). Working with 78 international organizations in war zones for over two years, she recognized the traumatic effect of war, not only on military personnel, but on their families, communities and service providers. She then designed the first global training programs and workbook on secondary traumatic stress, implemented initially during the Balkan wars and now used internationally. She is a founding member of the Global Commons Initiative, World Wisdom Council, Creating the New Civilization Initiative, 2020 Climate Leadership Campaign, WorldShift 2012 (Ervin Laszlo), Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment, a Board member of Integral Review and Living Earth TV and a speaker at Mikhail Gorbachev's World Political Forum.
Director of the Masters of Digital Media program at Vancouver's Great Northern Way Campus (a joint venture of four universities: UBC, SFU, Emily Carr, and BCIT), Richard Smith has
a long-standing interest issues relating to technology and society, particularly surveillance in public spaces and use of internet technologies to enable more effective participation by rural and remote communities. His twitter handle is @smith, and he is also a member of Google+ and Facebook.
o Greg Belvedere
Greg Belvedere is a librarian, information architect, and writer based in Brooklyn. By day he works at a branch of the Brooklyn Public Library where he has served on the library's reference committee and worked to promote the library's electronic resources. He has recently started working as a freelance information architect in his off hours.
He plans to present an idea for p2p ebook lending software at Contact. The software will make ebooks easy to share, without cheating authors and enraging publishers. Yet, it will do this without using the highly proprietary files favored by most device makers.
Greg writes about libraries, media, technology, culture, religion, and politics at Never Speak in Absolutes
I'm president of Openworld, a nonprofit group whose founders have worked on grassroots alternatives to zero-sum politics in 50+ countries. Areas of main current project interest/activity: virtual games for actual change, challenge offers by donors to spread local resilience, "crowdmoves" to intentional communities, microscholarship initiatives to spread skills in struggling areas, students as co-owners of entrepreneurial schools, and personal currencies to fund re-skilling. I'm considering a pilot launch of personal currencies using Augmented Reality on cell phones, and am active in Dayton, Virginia nonprofit groups to improve the local business climate and attract creative ventures to the area. Earlier in my career, I was publisher and managing editor of Reason magazine, and cofounder of the Local Government Center, springboard for Reason Foundation's privatization practice. I'm a graduate of Harvard University and a past Visiting Fellow of the Lehrman Institute, where I researched ways that communities can enable neighborhood associations to take on municipal service responsibilities. I love reading, drawing/architectural design, hiking, flying, square foot gardening, and archery. My Twitter feeds are at @openworld and @peerlearning.
I'm a writer, anthropologist and activist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. I work with transferring web-based ideas such as emergent distributed systems, peer-2-peer networks and open source development practices to local, net-enabled activism. I'm currently involved in:
- * An organic, member-owned, member-run food coop in Copenhagen.
- * A movement dedicated to developing new forms of civic and democratic participation and engagement.
- * An online platform for knowledge sharing, coordination and collaboration between communes and intentional communities in Denmark
I'm attending Contact to share my experiences from these projects and to learn more about the possibilities for using distributed net technology in local projects.
I have a somewhat dormant blog which I plan to resuscitate. I plan to write about self-organisation, systems thinking, ecology and community. I also hate writing about myself in the third person.
I like to make things, usually in the form of web and mobile applications. I'm coming to Contact seeking to learn ways to make small communities more resilient to infrastructure disruptions. In particular, I'm interested in commerce, food production, and communications networks at a neighborhood level.
In the past I cofounded and built BeeMe, a loyalty punchcard for mobile devices, specifically tailored for small businesses.
Twitter: @ckundo o
Karen Schulman Dupuis
Cultivator of Relationships. Community Engager & Builder. Professional Elephant Hunter. Intrapreneur. Social Media Strategist. Renaissance woman. Lover of all things creative, expressive and engaging. It's all about the dialogue, which is why I love building events & opportunities in my hometown of Stratford, Ontario to support that dialogue (Ignite, TEDx, SocialMediaBreakfasts). I've always been a geek of the curious kind which has most recently translated into my love, embrace and work in social media. I have worked in ICT for the last 12 years in sales, education, operations and program management and am currently a Business Consultant with a national telecommunications carrier in Canada.
Keenan Dakota - Village Votes
Keenan is developing Village Votes, a web site where people can propose policy, edit policy, and vote on their favorite policies. The goal of this site is to improve governance by bringing the best minds to the development of policy and to speed up the rate at which policy gets adopted and implemented. Keenan believes in Isocracy, or government by equally empowered people. He has lived for the past 28 years in Twin Oaks, a worker-owned cooperative that runs several successful businesses and is run along the principles of Isocracy. Twin Oaks has developed a model of Isocratic governance that allows for all members to set a yearly budget, to expand businesses, to draft policy and to rotate positions of leadership. For over 44 years Twin Oaks has grown and thrived without developing a core of leaders or any sort of power elite by expecting responsibility and empowerment from every member (including children!).
Mark is the Co-Founder and President of Digital Democracy, a non-profit empowering marginalized groups through innovative technology solutions. His family fled the Soviet Union as refugees and their experience informs and inspires his work training grassroots groups around the world to in protecting their human rights. Mark has lectured at Harvard, Columbia, NYU and presented at conferences worldwide on the use of social media and technology to connect local voices and address crisis. He is also a founder of New Words Media, a strategic media firm based in New York and a founder and board-member of Bem, a youth action center in Armenia that uses art and technology to support emerging civil society. He has produced media strategies and directed documentary films in the post-Soviet, USA and Asia.