Current (Last updated 17 Nov 2012)
Currently I'm working for the Bertelsmann Foundation / Bertelsmann Stiftung, where I manage the worldwide network of writers (160 authors, 9 editors, 65 countries) that underlies www.futurechallenges.org, a project of the Bertelsmann Stiftung with the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation.
I am also hard at work for The Arctic Institute, where I produce weekly briefings on current events in the Arctic. As of this writing, we have 780 subscribers in 42 countries, including representatives of the foreign ministries of every Arctic state, most oil majors, and countless other government and civil-society organizations. I'm proud of the style and quality of the newsletter, and I'm also proud of our team at TAI. It's a great organization. If you're an iTunes user and a podcast listener, as I am, you can subscribe to our regular-ish interviews as well.
I'll be working with a couple of other folks to give a presentation at the Arctic Frontiers conference coming up in Tromsø, Norway from January 20-25 2013. We'll be taking a look at how readers look at Arctic issues on-line, using data from various Twitter streams and from The Arctic Institute's weekly briefings. We'll also be examining how indigenous peoples are using online media to play a bigger role in the discussions that matter to them.
I'd also suggest you take a look at Arctic Summer College, an initiative of Ecologic.
Feel free to e-mail me with questions about our work on civil society, social media, futures research, Arctic policy, global governance, or anything else. I live to serve.
Prior to joining the Bertelsmann Foundation in 2009, I worked on global business development for the AARP Global Network, which was a lot of fun and put me in touch with representatives of organizations serving the over-50 population in many different countries like Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Chile and Denmark.
I received an MBA from Georgetown University, where I graduated from the IBD program.
But before all that, I lived the dream as a rowing coach for a good few years. From start to finish, some of the teams I've been lucky enough to work with are: the Rivanna Rowing Club in Charlottesville, VA; the Saugatuck Rowing Club in Westport, CT; the men's team at Brown University in Providence, RI; the men's team at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN; the women's team at Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, CA; and the club team at DC Strokes in Washington, DC.
I rowed in college of course, with the men's team at the University of Virginia. While at UVA, I worked for a long time with Ewan McNay, who is a generally standout guy and also brilliant. He was kind enough to permit me to co-author a paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, with him in which we studied fluctuations in extracellular glucose concentrations in the hippocampus associated with cognitive demand.
At UVA I was an Echols Scholar and a participant in the Interdisciplinary Major program.
I was born in Maine, but grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. I attended high school at T.C. Williams and at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, MA.