Joshua Benton is a writer in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. He is the founding director of the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University.
Krishna Bharat is a Distinguished Researcher at Google Inc. in Mountain View, Calif., and leads a team developing Google's news product. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Georgia Tech in 1996. Before joining Google in 1999, he was a member of the research staff at DEC Systems Research Center in Palo Alto, Calif. Krishna is the creator of Google News, which won the 2003 Webby Award in the news category. Also, he received the 2003 World Technology Award for Media & Journalism. In 2004 he founded Google's R&D operations in India and served as the center's first director until 2006.
Bingham has spent her career as a journalist covering conflict, with an interlude from 1998-2001 working as Official White House Photographer for Vice President Gore. A 2004 Nieman Fellowship at Harvard gave her the time to stop and reflect on the bigger picture of how media is changing. After years of thought and conversation she is currently launching a project entitled "Transforming the Media" and its non-profit aspect "The Global Council for Media Transformation" at the September 2009 Clinton Global Initiative. The project seeks to bring journalism and media in general in line with the 21st century realities of human interdependence and a single global community.
Alonzo Canada is a principal of Jump Associates, an innovation strategy firm based in San Mateo, California. He has particular expertise in integrating the directives of brand positioning, competitive strategy and consumer insights to create compelling experiences for ordinary people.
Andy Carvin is Senior Strategist for National Public Radio's Social Media Desk. In his three years on staff, he has helped NPR's news desks and programs experiment with new ways to collaborate with the public. He has spearheaded a range of collaborative initiatives, including NPR's Vote Report project, and PublicMediaCamp. He was recently named by Washingtonian magazine as part of its 2009 list of the 100 leading technology innovators in Washington DC, and also appeared in MIT Technology Review's 2005 annual list of top tech innovators under the age of 35.
Michael Chanover is an interactive designer, researcher, and strategist in San Francisco, California. Currently serving as Creative Director of Web and Online at the educational toy company, LeapFrog Enterprises, Michael directs products that converge user experience, strategy, education and web technologies. Prior to LeapFrog, Michael spent 4 years in the San Francisco and New York offices of frogdesign, as General Manager and Vice President of Production. Michael was the recipient of the UNESCO Design for Rehabilitation Award and has lectured, written, and taught on the subject of strategic design. Michael holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and teaching positions at the California College of Art and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Matt Cohler is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley. He worked for Facebook and is currently a general partner at Benchmark Capital.
David Cohn has written for Wired magazine, Seed magazine, Columbia Journalism Review and The New York Times. While working toward his master's degree at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, Cohn worked as the editor at newassignment.net, which focused on citizen journalism and ways news organizations could explore the social web. Cohn also worked with Jeff Jarvis from Buzzmachine.com to organize the first Networked Journalism Summit, which brought together the best practices of collaborative journalism. He recently became a contributing editor at NewsTrust.net, a non-profit media literacy tool and news filter. Cohn is also the editor-in-chief at Broowaha, an expanding citizen journalism network. Most recently he is the founder of Spot.Us, a nonprofit pioneering "community funded reporting."
Jacob Colker is a recognized leader in political activism and issue advocacy, and a leading voice in the use of technology for community engagement. Jacob has managed political campaigns in California, Illinois, and Maryland, and he was one of the first field directors in the country to leverage Facebook in a major political campaign to win a statewide election. Jacob has also managed issue advocacy campaigns for The International Campaign for Tibet, The 1Sky Campaign, and other non-governmental organizations, both in the U.S. and around the world.
Stacy Donohue leads Omidyar Network's Government Transparency investment area, supporting organizations that encourage accountability and effectiveness in government by increasing people's access to credible information about government activities, decisions, and stewardship of resources. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Stacy spent nine years at Hewlett-Packard in senior roles spanning strategy, corporate development, and merger and acquisition transactions. She received an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MA in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA from Yale University. In addition to being a loyal NPR listener since the age of 10, she was also an intern in the membership department during the summer of 1991.
Co-Director Environments Lab & Consulting Professor of Design at Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Scott Doorley is currently a consulting professor at Stanford University, where he teaches classes in media and design thinking, and leads an interdisciplinary team that designs collaborative learning studios. He is the founder of the Dacha digital art collective whose works have been exhibited at the San Jose Museum of Art.
Blake Engel is a mobile strategist, product leader, entrepreneur, interaction designer, and user researcher. He creates and executes new product and business ideas both for his own projects and those of his clients. Through his most recent startup, he designed and launched Quip, a consistently top-ranked paid social networking iPhone application. Blake previously helped start Cellfire, the world's leading mobile coupon and discount offer publisher. Based in San Francisco, Blake holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human-Computer Interaction and German from Carnegie Mellon University.
He joined Google in June 2009 from the Los Angeles Times, where he oversaw the paper's technology coverage as a senior assistant business editor. He previously covered Silicon Valley and national technology issues as a reporter with the L.A. Times, the West Coast correspondent for the Boston Globe and a contributing writer for the New York Times. He holds a master's degree from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree from Wesleyan University.
Sue Gardner is Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization behind Wikipedia, the world's largest and most popular encyclopedia, which is free to use and free of advertising.
Jesse James Garrett is co-founder and President of Adaptive Path, an experience design firm based in San Francisco. Jesse's tools and concepts have been published in more than a dozen languages and his book The Elements of User Experience is considered one of the seminal works on user-centered web design. He is internationally recognized as a leading experience design thinker and has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Business Week. In 2006, Jesse received Wired magazine's Rave Award for Technology for coining the term Ajax.
Mark Gauger is frog's Chief Development Officer, playing a leading role in transforming frog into one of the world's premier global innovation firms. Charged with establishing meaningful and lasting relationships with Global 500 companies, Mark has traveled extensively, consulting with leading executives on the appropriate role and impact of innovation and strategic design inside their businesses. Prior to frog, Mark was the SVP and GM of the Global Services division of Parametric Technology.
Mark has a B.S and a M.S in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. Trained as a product designer, creating competitive advantage through the product development process has been the focus of his professional career.
Jim Gilliam is a geeky activist building internet tools to shake up a broken political system: Act.ly, GovLuv, Tweet Progress, Hello Congress, White House 2, and NationBuilder. Previously, he helped start Brave New Films, growing it to a million members and 40 million YouTube views. He was the CTO at Business.com and worked at Lycos in the late 90's.
Stephen Gong is the Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media. Stephen joined CAAM after working for 18 years at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, most recently as its Deputy Director. Previously, he has been a program officer in the Media Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. and the Associate Director of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute.
Alastair Green is the Digital Executive Creative Director at McCann Erickson in San Francisco. He has created award winning digital advertising for some of the worlds largest brands including but not limited to Microsoft, IBM, Cisco, Nestle, Kodak, Miller, Yahoo! and Ford.
Chris Heuer launched his first interactive agency, Guru Communications, out of South Beach, Fla., in 1994. He has since helped numerous startups with go-to market strategies, product design, web site development, online marketing campaigns, ecommerce and what is now widely referred to as Social Media. Chris formed Social Media Club in March, 2006 to educate professionals on the greater significance of what it means to be social and how media production/consumption has changed. More recently, Chris launched a new kind of ad-hoc consultancy appropriately called AdHocnium, which develops innovative growth strategies for global client that leverages emerging technology and social media.
Reid Hoffman is Executive Chairman and a co-founder of LinkedIn. Prior to LinkedIn, Reid was Executive Vice President of PayPal where he was in charge of all business relationships: business development, corporate development, international, government relations, and banking/payments infrastructure. In addition to LinkedIn, Reid serves on the Board of Directors for SixApart, Kiva.org, and Mozilla Corporation. Reid graduated with distinction from Stanford University with a BS in Symbolic Systems and from Oxford University with a Master's degree in philosophy and a Marshall scholarship.
Richard Jalichandra is the President and CEO of Technorati Media, the largest social media ad network, and an advisor at MyYearbook.com and Weather Underground. He's also held senior executive roles at Tribal Fusion, Fox Interactive, IGN Entertainment and Lycos.
Gary Kebbel is the journalism program officer at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation in Miami, Fla., where he has helped create the Knight Citizen News Network and the Knight Digital Media Center. He is also a founding editor of USA TODAY.com and Newsweek.com.
As the head of this public radio newsroom, Keefe has expanded WNYC's news staff, breaking news capacity, election coverage, investigative reporting and journalistic partnerships. About three years ago, Keefe started introducing "design thinking" into the station, encouraging fresh approaches to its programming, operations and editorial innovation. This came from collaborations and vacations at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University -- aka "The d.school" -- where he's helped develop Design+Media concepts and classes. Keefe lives in Manhattan and blogs at designAgitator.com.
Holly Kernan has just been named "Journalist of the Year" by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists. She is the architect of the Public Interest Reporting Project at KALW-FM, where she is news director. She teaches reporting at Mills College and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
Nicholas Kim leads initiatives focusing on the intersection of innovation, technology, and media and its impact on economic policy and industry strategy. Nicholas is also exploring how technology and design can enable innovations in sustainability. Prior to the World Economic Forum Nicholas was a design and innovation strategist with frog design.
Mike LaVigne is a Creative Director at frog design. Mike has over 10 years of global experience in ethnographic and design research methods, and in identifying market opportunities to develop new products and services based on human insights. At frog, he leads teams through the conception and design of innovative new products and services for clients such as BBC,ESPN, ETS, Hewlett Packard, Humana, LGE, NTT DoCoMo, SK Telecom, TV Guide, and Vonage.
Charlene Li is founder of Altimeter Group and co-author of the business bestseller, "Groundswell: Winning In A World Transformed By Social Technologies", published by Harvard Business Press in May 2008. She frequently consults and speaks on social and emerging technologies and publishes a blog, The Altimeter.
John Lilly is the Chief Executive Officer of Mozilla, the organization responsible for Firefox, a Web browser used by more than 300 million people around the world. Before becoming CEO, John held COO and VP positions at Mozilla. Prior to his career at Mozilla, John was the founding CEO, then CTO & VP Products for Reactivity, an XML security company acquired by Cisco Systems in 2007. He's also worked as a senior scientist at Apple Computer Research Labs. John is a regular speaker at industry events and serves on the boards of directors of TripIt and the Participatory Culture Foundation; he is a Consulting Assistant Professor at the Stanford University d.school (their multi-disciplinary school of design).
Karl Long is the Product Manager for Ovi/Games at Nokia. Karl is very interested in how companies encourage and nurture co-creative relationships with customers through social media, social software and managing the customer experience. With 10 years working on the web and an MBA in Design Management Karl has unique insight into how the design of web 2.0 products can provide strategic market impact and sustainable competitive advantage. He is an active blogger and podcaster.
Kristina Loring is the Marketing Coordinator and Social Media producer at frog design, the renowned global innovation firm. Prior to frog Kristina worked with StoryCorps Griot initiative, for the No On Prop 8: Marriage Equality campaign as a social media coordinator, and for the New York Solidarity Coalition for Katrina Survivors as a media strategist and outreach coordinator. Kristina has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College.
Chris Luebkeman runs the Global Foresight and Innovation initiative at Arup, a global design and engineering firm and leading creative force behind many of the world's most innovative projects and structures. He conceives new ways of building — recyclable buildings, reusable offices, and furniture that can decompose — and works with some of the world's largest companies to develop what he calls 'plausible futures' to better understand the opportunities that change is creating for them in the built environment.
Merlin Mann is the creator of 43folders.com, a popular American website about finding the time and attention to do your best creative work. Aside from writing for 43 Folders, Merlin is also the creator of The Merlin Show, 5ives, and 30 Seconds with Phone Guy. But, his favorite thing he's ever contributed to is a decidedly NSFW program known as, You Look Nice Today. More recently, Merlin's become a sought-after speaker and presenter, who's received rave reviews for delivering his energetic productivity talks at Apple, Google, Yahoo!, Adobe, Xerox PARC, as well as many other esteemed companies and organizations.
Kevin Marks is author of the weblog Epeus Epigone and cyber nations. He was also a software engineer at Google. He became principal engineer for Technorati after doing work for both Apple and the BBC. He is one of the founders of Microformats.
Mike Macadaan has over 10 years of experience leading companies in the context of Product & User Experience Design. His experience spans product and content leadership for companies such as TechTV, Intuit, GO.com and most recently as Vice President of Design at AOL. Mike will be overseeing Product & Design for Tsavo. He is also actively involved with the SoCal start-up community as the founder of Twiistup.
Roger McNamee balances a day job at Elevation Partners with a night job with Moonalice. In 27 years as a technology investor, Roger has been involved with many of Silicon Valley's best companies, as well with the creation of three successful investment businesses. Moonalice, a new band of rock 'n' veterans, plays more than 100 shows a year and created such innovations as the live Twittercast, the Zombie Twittercast, and ubiquitous free music.
Peter Merholz is a founding partner and president of Adaptive Path, an experience strategy and design firm. He has worked with a wide variety of clients from large multi-national companies to smaller, avant-garde firms and start-ups. Past clients include Hallmark, Socialtext, Intuit, United Airlines, and The Vanguard Group. Peter is an internationally recognized thought leader on user experience. He co-authored Subject To Change: Creating Great Products and Services for an Uncertain World, published by O'Reilly. Peter's thought leadership is perhaps most dubiously demonstrated in his coining of the term "blog" in 1999 when it was a nascent genre.
Susan Mernit is the founder of Oakland Local, a news and community hub for Oakland, Calif., focused on environmental, food, development and social justice issues; and the recipient of a 2009 New Voices grant from J-Lab at American University. She is also the consulting web strategist for The Center for Investigative Reporting's California Watch project. A former VP at AOL and Netscape, and a former Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was the consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge in 2008-09, as well as a consultant to organizations including Salon.com & TechSoup Global, where she led the re-design of their portal.
Jerry Michalski is president of Sociate, an independent consultancy he founded in 1998. Jerry is a guide to the Relationship Economy, which means he helps organizations assess the new landscape of social, open, abundant and emergent things, and how to thrive in it. Before founding Sociate, he spent a dozen years identifying trends as a tech industry analyst, first at a small market-research firm called New Science Associates (later bought by Gartner), then working with tech luminary Esther Dyson, writing her newsletter Release 1.0 (before the deluge of superb information on the Net) and co-hosting her big annual conference, PC Forum.
Thor Muller is CTO and co-founder of Get Satisfaction, a company delivering "people-powered customer service for absolutely everything." GetSatisfaction helps companies grow closer to their customers through online communities that allow customers and companies to answer each other's questions, solve problems, and collaborate on product development. Thor is a serial entrepreneur who has been building consumer Internet businesses since 1995. He has founded and built companies that include Rubyred Labs, a web consultancy specializing in the development of social networks, and Trapezo, a pioneer widget company. Thor also founded and ran Frog Design's Internet division as its VP of Digital Media.
Craig Newmark is the founder of craigslist.org, a site where people can help each other with everyday needs including housing and jobs. He's also working with a wide range of groups using the Net to help each other out, like Donorschoose.org, the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America, Kiva.org and LendforPeace.org (microfinance), and Consumer Reports. Craig is also actively engaged with government workers on multiple levels to use the Net for superior public service, and with Sunlight Foundation for government accountability and transparency. He's not as funny as he thinks he is, but sometimes can't help himself.
David Nordfors is co-founder and Executive Director of the VINNOVA Stanford Research Center of Innovation Journalism at Stanford University. He is a Senior Research Scholar at Stanford University's H-Star Institute. He coined the concepts of Innovation Journalism and Attention Work and started the first innovation journalism initiatives in Sweden and at Stanford. Nordfors is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Journalism, and is taking part in the World Economic Forum Global Redesign Initiative.
Chris O'Brien is a business and technology columnist at the San Jose Mercury News where he has covered Silicon Valley for the past years. He's also manager of The Next Newsroom Project, a Knight News Challenge grant recipient in 2007, which is researching the newsroom of the future.
Ellin's O'Leary's career in journalism began in community radio and includes positions as News Director in commercial and public radio stations; NPR West Coast Correspondent; White House and Capitol Hill Reporter; award-winning investigative reporter/producer at KQED-TV; and developer of KQED's All News format, Pacifica National News Network and Youth Radio/Youth Media international.
Tim Olson oversees the digital media group and Education Network for Northern California Public Broadcasting. The digital media group includes all Web, mobile, and interactive applications for KQED San Francisco, KTEH San Jose and KQET Monterey. He is responsible for all company Web properties including KQED.org, one of the most trafficked public broadcasting station sites in the nation, program sites such as pbs.org/oceanadventures and distributed applications such as You Decide. In addition, Tim leads NCPB Education Network and its two unique services: Early Learning and Educational Services. EdNet engages with community and educational organizations to broaden and deepen the impact of KQED media, particularly training educators to use and make media to increase learning.
Hal Plotkin is the founder and chairman of the board of the Center for Media Change, Inc., (CMC) a 501c3 based in San Francisco, CA that facilitates the development of new business models to enable high-quality journalism. CMC's first project, www.reelchanges.org, pioneered the use of crowd-funding strategies to support documentary film projects. Plotkin, a founding editor of public radio's "Marketplace" program, is a veteran Silicon Valley-based print and broadcast journalist who has published more than 600 articles on technology, public policy, business and science. In July, 2009 Plotkin accepted a position in the Obama administration as the Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary of Education.
Brian Reich is the Managing Director of little m media which provides strategic guidance and other support to organizations around the use of the internet and technology in order to facilitate communications, engagement, education, and mobilization. He is the author of Media Rules!: Mastering Today's Technology to Connect With and Keep Your Audience (Wiley 2007), and serves the Director of Community and Partnerships for iFOCOS, the media think tank and futures lab that organizes the We Media community, conferences and awards.
Adam is responsible for overseeing many of frog's strategy engagements for product, digital and brand clients. He combines a background in industrial design, interaction design, and sociology and has a broad range of experience in both consulting and corporate settings. Clients have included DaimlerChrysler, HP, Microsoft, Motorola, Oral-B, Sun Microsystems, Vodafone, and Yahoo. He has extensive experience conducting ethnographic research to discover user needs, and with making research and strategy insights that connect concretely with product development. Prior to frog he ran his own consulting company, and has worked at Sun Microsystems (lead designer for high end servers) and Praxis Product Design (senior designer). His book "Innovation X" will be published in February 2010.
Doug Rivers is a professor of political science at Stanford University, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Diego Rodriguez is a partner at the design and innovation firm IDEO. He is also a consulting professor at Stanford's d.school, where he teaches classes about viral marketing and entrepreneurship. His blog metacool has a passionate following among people who spend their lives trying to make a dent in the universe.
Before joining FIJI Water, Jenna Rose Robbins played a variety of roles in the Internet industry, including launching multiple websites for Disney, managing the music content for AOL CityGuide and AOL Tickets, and supervising the online publicity for an independent film, all the while exploring her passion for travel, writing, and extracting herself from the latest overseas predicament. In addition to her freelance writing, Jenna also edits and ghostwrites books for celebrities and entrepreneurs. Jenna graduated from USC's Master of Professional Writing program, where she currently sits on the program's board of directors.
Owen is an IDEO Partner and leads the Consumer Experience Design (CXd) Practice at IDEO, which comprises approximately half of IDEO's business. He has been with IDEO since 1998 and has worked in many of IDEO's global offices. At the moment Owen works out of the Bay Area and services most of IDEO's North American client base.
As director of new media at Roll International, Clint leads online communities and social media efforts for brands including POM Wonderful, FIJI Water, Teleflora, Wonderful Pistachios and more. Clint's work experience includes roles as senior director of social media marketing for M80 (Group M/WPP), internet startup entrepreneur, writer for David Bowie's UltraStar Internet Services, and researcher for the White House Electronic Commerce Working Group.
A media executive and journalist with more than 20 years experience in the industry, Vivian Schiller joined NPR as President and CEO on January 5, 2009. She comes to NPR from The New York Times Company where she served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of NYTimes.com.
As President and CEO, Schiller oversees all NPR operations and initiatives, including the organization's critical partnerships with our 800+ member stations, and their service to the more than 26 million people who listen to NPR programming every week.
Toni Schneider is CEO of Automattic, the company behind leading blogging service WordPress.com. He is also a venture partner at True Ventures.
Robert Scoble is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technical evangelist at Microsoft. He currently works for Rackspace and is building a community for people fanatical about the Internet called Building 43. He previously worked for Fast Company as a video blogger. He is also the co-author of Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers with Shel Israel.
Roland Smart is a Marketing 2.0 consultant experienced in both product and service verticals. He offers expertise working with management teams to develop growth strategies and to manage cross-functional implementation teams. He has worked with a wide range of clients including Adaptive Path and helped conceive the NPR Digital Think In and make it a reality.
You can learn more about him and how he approaches marketing on his blog at www.rolandsmart.com.
Reuben Steiger is the CEO of Millions of Us, a company dedicated to helping businesses understand and harness the power of virtual worlds and online communities. He is also the Founder and Chairman of Virtual Greats, the leading provider of copyrighted material to virtual worlds and social networks.
Laura Sydell is a radio broadcaster for NPR. She is a former senior technology reporter for Public Radio International's Marketplace, and a regular reporter on for National Public Radio's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. She was recently a Freedom Forum Teaching Fellow at the Graduate School of Journalism at University of California, Berkeley, teaching about reporting on culture.
Jeffrey Veen is the CEO and co-founder of Typekit, a web service that brings rich typography to the web for the first time. Jeffrey was also one of the founding partners of Adaptive Path and project lead for Measure Map, the well-received web analytics tool acquired by Google in 2006, where he managed the user experience group responsible for some of the largest web apps in the world. As a consultant, he has been involved in designing the leading blog and social media applications on the web, including Blogger, TypePad, Flickr, and National Public Radio.
Luke Williams has worked with frog for the past eight years as a creative lead for projects spanning a wide variety of enterprises such as Daimler Chrysler, Disney, Hewlett-Packard, Logitech, Microsoft, Motorola and Yahoo!. In addition to his role at frog design, Luke is an Adjunct Professor at NYU Stern School of Business where he co-founded the "Innovation and Design" course to teach design in the graduate MBA program.
Luke's insights on innovation and design have been sought after in interviews with NPR, BusinessWeek, ID Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. He speaks regularly throughout the international design community.
Kinsey Wilson has played a leadership role in digital media for more than a decade. As a senior news executive he has provided strategic and operational oversight of print and online news operations and been a leader in industry organizations during a period of rapid technological and cultural change.
He joined NPR as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media in October 2008, with responsibility for NPR's web, podcasting and mobile operations. With Ellen Weiss, NPR's Senior Vice President for News, he oversees the online news and music staffs.