For the past 15 years, my focus has been social tools and their impact on media, business, and society, but in recent years, I have shifted to working as a futurist, tracking the tectonic forces driving business, media, and society into an unclear and accelerating future. I divide my time across research, writing, and public speaking.
My approach to work has grown from my background as a programmer and developer, and in combination with my natural tendency to look over the near horizon to envision adjacent and nascent technologies, I have come to think of myself as a ‘socialogist’, advocating new societal and business policies based on the rise of social tools, with a healthy dose of social criticism and future studies in the mix.
I started my career as a software researcher working in programming tools and software environments. I have served as adjunct computer science faculty, an inadvertent entrepreneur, an software analyst, a newsletter editor, a columnist, president of a blog media company, and mostly as a commentator and advisor. I have served in other roles and appointments, far too many to enumerate.
I have presented at numerous conferences and events worldwide, including Web 2.0, Enterprise 2.0, GigaOM Net:Work, Reboot, Next, Mesh, Shift, Lift, SIBOS, Defrag, SxSW, and TEDxMidAtlantic.
I am working on a book about the future of social business theory and practice, called Beyond Social: The Rise Of The Emergent Business.
I am the lead researcher for social business and the future of work at GigaOM Research. My writing here is my own, and does not reflect the views or opinions of GigaOM.
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