Wickford, Rhode Island
Founded June 2010
Original publishing with an attitude
John Perry Barlow is a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead, and co-founder (with Mitch Kapor) of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Since May of 1998, he has been a Fellow at Harvard Law School's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. John co-wrote songs with the Grateful Dead from 1971 until their demise in 1995. It was in 1990 that John first applied William Gibson's science fiction term Cyberspace to the global electronic social space now generally referred to by that name. Until his naming it, it had not been considered any sort of place. John speaks, consults, and writes for a living. He has written for a wide diversity of publications, ranging from Communications of the ACM to Nerve°. He was on the masthead of Wired for many years. His piece for Wired on the future of copyright, "The Economy of Ideas," is now taught in many law schools. His seminal manifesto, "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace," can be found on more than 20,000 sites. John is a graduate of Wesleyan University.
After attending Kenyon College and Brown University, Arthur Goldwag worked as an executive in book publishing for more than twenty years, including stints at Random House, The New York Review of Books, and Book-of-the-Month Club. The author of The Beliefnet Guide to Kabbalah (Doubleday, 2005), Isms & Ologies (Vintage, 2007), and Cults, Conspiracies & Secret Societies (Vintage, 2009), his most recent book is The New Hate: A History of Fear and Loathing on the Populist Right, published by Pantheon in February 2012. Arthur lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and two sons.
Julianne Lutz Warren, Ph.D., is on the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University, teaching in the Liberal Studies and Environmental Studies Programs. Her critically-acclaimed book Aldo Leopold's Odyssey is widely considered an indispensable resource for anyone interested in the pioneering conservationist and ecologist. Her articles exploring the crux of ecology, history, and utopian imagination have appeared in journals including Conservation Biology, American Midland Naturalist, Journal of Civil Society, Politics and the Life Sciences, Risk Analysis, Minding Nature. Dr. Warren earned her doctorate in wildlife ecology and conservation biology at the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign.
The author of ten books, John Hanson Mitchell is also editor of the award winning magazine, Sanctuary, published by the Massachusetts Audubon Society. He was editor of The Curious Naturalist, and a co-author, with Chris Leahy and Tom Conuel, of the coffee table edition of The Nature of Massachusetts (1998), illustrated by the internationally-recognized Swedish painter Lars Jonsson. In 2001 he won a Vogelstein grant for Following the Sun. He was awarded an honorary PhD from Fitchburg State University for his work on the book Ceremonial Time and was given three different grants for his work on Looking for Mr Gilbert. He is also winner of the John Burroughs Essay Award for his Sanctuary piece, “Of Time and the River.” In 2000, he was given the New England Booksellers’ Award for the body of his work. Mitchell attended the Sorbonne and is a graduate of Columbia University. A former journalist, he has had assignments in Kerala in southern India and also the South China Sea and has written extensively about Western Europe. He lives outside Boston.
Tao Rodriguez-Seeger is the leader of the Tao Seeger Band, also the co-founder of the popular folk/rock groups RIG (Rodriguez/Irion/Guthrie) with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion and The Mammals with Michael Meranda and Ruthy Ungar. In partnership with his grandfather, folk-icon Pete Seeger, Tao has performed at such venues as Carnegie Hall (alongside Arlo Guthrie), the Lincoln Memorial Inaugural Concert for Barack Obama (alongside Bruce Springsteen), Madison Square Garden, and as far across the globe as Japan and India. He characterizes his personal musical style as "alt-folk rock 'n' roll." Tao was raised in Nicaragua and the Hudson Valley. He now lives in New Orleans.
Michael Stein founded Members Only Software, a prominent Washington DC consultancy and software development firm, in 2001. Michael's focus is on software solutions for non-profit organizations. His clients include The Council on Foreign Relations, The National Democratic Institute, United Cerebral Palsy, and the Izaak Walton League of America, not to mention numerous advocacy groups, trade associations and professional societies. "Alistair Cockburn wrote that software development is a game of invention and communication, and that very much reflects my understanding of the process of moving software from the coffee cup to the desk top." Michael is a graduate of MIT.
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