Advisors

Karen Cook

Karen Cook

Trust and Social Networks

Karen is the Ray Lyman Wilbur professor of sociology, director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS), and vice-provost for faculty development and diversity at Stanford. She researches social interaction, social networks, and trust. She has co-edited a number of books in the Russell Sage Foundation Trust series, including Trust in Society (2001), Trust and Distrust in Organizations: Emerging Perspectives (with R. Kramer, 2004), eTrust: Forming Relations in the Online World (with C. Snijders, V. Buskens, and Coye Cheshire, 2009), and Whom Can You Trust? (with M. Levi and R. Hardin, 2009).

Martin Nowak

Martin Nowak

Cooperation, Evolution and Altruism

Martin is professor of biology and mathematics at Harvard University and director of the program for evolutionary dynamics. He works on the mathematical description of evolutionary processes, including the evolution of cooperation and human language, as well as the dynamics of virus infections and human cancer. A corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Nowak is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Weldon Memorial Prize of Oxford University, the David Starr Jordan Prize of Stanford University, and the Akira Okubo Prize of the Society for Mathematical Biology. Nowak is the author of over 400 papers and four books, including SuperCooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed.

Michael Macy

Michael Macy

Big Data and Mathematical Sociology

Michael Macy left the family farm in his hometown in Tennessee to attend Harvard, where he received his B.A. and later PhD. He also holds an M.A. from Stanford. He is currently Goldwin Smith professor of arts and sciences and director of the Social Dynamics Laboratory at Cornell, where he has worked since 1997. With support from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. department of defense, Yahoo! and Google, his research team has used computational models, online laboratory experiments, and digital traces of device-mediated interaction to explore familiar but enigmatic social patterns, such as circadian rhythms, the emergence and collapse of fads, the spread of self-destructive behaviors, cooperation in social dilemmas, the critical mass in collective action, the spread of high-threshold contagions on small-world networks, the polarization of opinion, segregation of neighborhoods, and assimilation of minority cultures. Michael’s recent research uses 509 million Twitter messages to track diurnal and seasonal mood changes in 54 countries, and telephone logs for 12B calls in the UK to measure the economic correlates of network structure. His research has been published in leading journals, including Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, and Annual Review of Sociology, among others.

Kosinski

Michal Kosinski

Big Data and Organizational Behavior

Michal Kosinski is the assistant professor in organizational behavior at the graduate school of business at Stanford University. Prior to entering academia, he founded a successful ITC startup and served as a brand manager for a major digital brand. After receiving his PhD in psychology from the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2014, Kosinski spent a year as a postdoctoral scholar at the computer science department at Stanford University. He was also the deputy director of the University of Cambridge Psychometrics Centre. Kosinski’s research had a significant impact on both academia and the industry. His findings were featured in The Economist’s special report on the future of insurance (2015), inspired two TED talks, and prompted a discussion in the EU Parliament. In 2013, Kosinski was listed among the 50 most influential people in Big Data by DataIQ and IBM, while two of his papers were placed in the Top 100 Papers That Most Caught the Public Imagination (#9 and #21).

David Kenny

David Kenny

Interpersonal Perception and Dyadic Analysis

An emeritus board of trustees and alumni distinguished professor at the University of Connecticut, David is a social psychologist interested in social interaction in general, and interpersonal perception in particular. His focus of study is in the extent to which two perceivers agree in assessing a common person’s personality, the extent to which perceptions of personality are correct, and the degree to which perceivers know what other persons think of them. He has also worked in the analysis of experimental and non-experimental data. David is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award (Society of Experimental Social Psychology), Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award (International Association of Relationship Research), and the Sells Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievement in Multivariate Experimental Psychology (Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology). He is the author of several books, including Interpersonal Perception and Dyadic Data Analysis (2006).

James Doty, MD

James Doty, MD

Neurosurgery, Compassion and Altruism Research

James is a physician, inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is a clinical professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Doty has collaborated on a number of research projects focused on compassion and altruism. He is on the board of directors of a number of non-profit foundations, including the Dalai Lama Foundation (of which he is chairman) and the Charter for Compassion International. He is also on the senior advisory board of the Council for the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

John Perry

John Perry Barlow

Internet freedom

John is the co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. He is also co-founder, with Daniel Ellsberg, of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. He remains on the board of these organizations. He has been writing about society in cyberspace since 1988 and was first to apply that name to the global social space it presently describes. In 1996, he wrote the widely distributed A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace. He was a founding fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. In 2013, he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame. More recently he co-founded and is helping to run Algae Systems, a enterprise that transforms sewage and atmospheric CO2 into energy-positive drinking water and carbon-negative transportation fuel. He is the father of three daughters and his primary aspiration is to be a good ancestor.

Shane Walker

Shane Walker

Social Apps and Organic User Acquisition

Shane is a top 10 consumer growth marketer. He successfully sold 3 companies (2 consumer, 1 ad tech) in the last 6 years, and his products have reached hundreds of millions of users. His last company, SocialWeekend, was acquired by Adknowledge, Inc., the largest independent ad exchange. His most recent company, Doublie, instantly became a consumer hit by launching to #1 on ProductHunt and subsequently raising $1,000,000+ from top angels and VC. He graduated from Stanford with a BA/MA and a concentration in Human Computer Interaction. He actively advises and invests in the next generation of high-growth companies including: Sprig, Sappho, Momentum Machines, Bang With Friends, Wonder, Plastiq, Pluto.TV, Open.me and more. He’s also advised massive consumer hits like QuizUp and Lulu on their successful go-to-market and viral strategies.

Chip Conley

Chip Conley

Emotional Fluency, Transformational Theory and Psychology

Chip is a hotel guru, armchair psychologist, traveling philosopher, speaker, teacher and student. He’s also the author of several books including the New York Times bestseller Emotional Equations: Simple Truths for Creating Happiness + Success. Founder and former CEO of Joie de Vivre (JDV), Chip has led the development, creation, and management of more boutique hotels than anyone else in the world. Starting JDV at age 26, his mission was to “create joy,” and he has since been honored with the 2012 Pioneer Award, hospitality’s highest accolade. The San Francisco Business Times named Chip the Most Innovative CEO and JDV the 2nd Best Place to Work in the entire Bay Area. Chip received his BA and MBA from Stanford University. He also holds an honorary doctorate in psychology from Saybrook University, where he is the 2012/2013 scholar-practitioner in residence. Currently, Chip serves on the boards of the Burning Man Project, the Esalen Institute and Youth Speaks. In 2013, Chip launched the website Fest300, where he shares his passion for the transformational power of world festivals.

Robb Willer

Robb Willer

Sociology, Psychology, and Organizational Behavior

Rob is an associate professor in the departments of sociology, psychology, and the graduate school of business at Stanford University. He researches the social forces that bring people together (morality, altruism) and divide them (fear, prejudice), and is especially interested in domains of social life that feature the complex interplay of the two (hierarchies, politics). Rob was professor at the University of California, Berkeley from 2006 to 2013. He earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in sociology from Cornell University and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Iowa.

Julia Anderson

Julia Allison

Interpersonal Relationships, Happiness Science and Media

Julia Allison is a nationally recognized journalist, public speaker, former BRAVO star & 2008 WIRED cover girl. She is currently at work writing her first book, Experiments in Happiness, to be published in 2016 by St. Martin’s Press. A veteran commentator and TV host, Allison has made over 1,000 TV appearances on nearly every network from CNN to MTV, ABC to Fox, E! to MSNBC and starred in her own BRAVO documentary series in 2012. She has published over 400 articles for publications as diverse as the New York Times, ELLE, Newsweek, New York Magazine, The Guardian and Cosmopolitan, covering everything from Burning Man to Comic Con to New York Fashion Week to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Allison co-founded and ran a tech/media business for three years, produced and starred in over 120 short episodes of a talk show for NBC — New York NonStop, and wrote an internationally syndicated tech & social media column for Tribune Media Services. She has spoken at MIT, Wharton, Harvard, and at conferences around the world about new media, personal branding, marketing, entrepreneurship, and happiness. Allison got her start in journalism as a columnist for Georgetown University when she was an undergraduate. A recovering social media addict with over 330k combined Facebook and Twitter followers, she’s lived in New York, LA, DC and Chicago. Now she lives, loves, and experiments with happiness (and a lot of outdoor yoga) in San Francisco.

Bear Kittay

Bear Kittay

Social Alchemy

As Burning Man’s global ambassador, Bear works entrepreneurs, government representatives, scientists, and artists to accelerate innovation and cultural transformation. As an entrepreneur, he’s founded, discovered and currently advises several venture-backed Silicon Valley technology companies. A singer and multi-instrumentalist, Bear has studied and performed music all over the world. He founded Music for Democracy, a political action committee (PAC) organizing musicians for progressive causes.

Jeff Mendelsohn

Jeff Mendelsohn

Corporate Social Responsibility

Jeff leads product innovation at New Leaf Paper, whose mission is to drive a fundamental shift toward sustainability in the paper industry. A longtime member of the leading green business organizations Business for Social Responsibility, Social Venture Network, and the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, he actively works to support the growth of the socially responsible business community. Jeff regularly speaks at business schools and green business conferences, sharing his insights on the integration of a true commitment to sustainability in a successful business.

Ulrich Gall

Ulrich Gall

Software Design

Ulrich Gall is a lifelong traveler, solution finder, and technologist. As CTO and director of engineering at Power Auctions since 2003, he is the principal architect and developer of a software platform used in over 150 high-stakes auctions in the telecommunications, environmental, electricity, natural gas and other sectors. He holds a MSc in management science and engineering from Stanford University and graduated summa cum laude from the computer science program of the University of Erlangen, Germany. He has lived in Bocas del Toro, Panama, San Francisco, and is willing to go anywhere in search of innovation. He invests in and advises startups that make that future a more beautiful and interesting place to live.

Daniel Pinchbeck

Daniel Pinchbeck

Social Evolution

Daniel is the author of Breaking Open the Head (Broadway Books, 2002), 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl (Tarcher/Penguin, 2006), and Notes from the Edge Times (Tarcher/Penguin, 2010). His essays and articles have been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, ArtForum, The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, and many other publications. David has spoken at conferences and festivals around the world, including Boom in Portugal, Lightning in a Bottle, and Burning Man, and has been interviewed by The Colbert Report, Coast to Coast AM, The History Channel, Whitley Streiber’s Unknown Country, BrandX with Russell Brand, Interview Magazine, Purple, and many others. He has written introductions for books including The Psychedelic Experience by Timothy Leary, The Joyous Cosmology by Alan Watts, and Rainforest Medicine by Jonathan Miller Weisberger and Kathy Glass. He is the host of a new talk show, Mind Shift, which seeks to explore the evolution of technology and spirituality, and our potential for the future. His life and work were featured in the documentary 2012: Time for Change, directed by João Amorim and produced by Mangusta Films.

Curtis Coleman

Curtis Coleman

Web Development and Social Networking

Curtis Coleman has worked as an economic consultant, restaurateur, real estate investment specialist, and web development advisor. He was also a member of a world-famous folk singing group. He is the founder and CEO of RVillage, a social network to help RV owners connect with each other on the road.

Rodolfo Cortes

Rodolfo Cortes

Social and Developmental Psychology

Rodolfo is a doctoral candidate in social and developmental psychology at Stanford University. His research focuses on the emergence of helping, generosity, and trust in everyday life. For his research, Rodolfo has been awarded the Best Paper Award from the Institute for Ethical Business Worldwide at the University of Notre Dame as well as the Dissertation Research Award from the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

Neal Gorenflo

Neal Gorenflo

Sharing Economy

Neal is the co-founder of Shareable, an award-winning news, action, and connection hub for the sharing transformation. An epiphany in 2004 inspired Neal to leave the corporate world to help people share through internet startups, publishing, grassroots organizing, and a circle of friends committed to the common good. He has consulted with Institute for the Future, Stanford University, Lowe’s Home Improvement, and numerous startups. His expertise has been featured by The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS Sunday Morning, Wired, and Fast Company. He is a sought-after speaker with recent appearances at SXSW, Sustainable Brands, and Smart City Expo. In addition to his work at Shareable, Neal is an advisor to the US Solidarity Economy Network, OuiShare, Peers, Mayor Park of Seoul, South Korea and is a former Innovation Fellow for Mayor Lee of San Francisco.

Robert MacNaughton

Robert MacNaughton

Community Technology Design

Robert is the executive director and co-founder of The Integral Center, and has been facilitating experiential group education for over 15 years. Previously, he worked as marketing and community director for Ken Wilber’s Integral Life and the Integral Institute, and as a network administrator at IBM. His specialties include community technology strategy, and interpersonal leadership development.

Julian Kates-Harbeck

Julian Kates-Harbeck

Computer Science and Evolutionary Dynamics

Julian grew up in Munich, Germany. He got his bachelor’s degree in physics at Stanford and later earned a master’s in computer science (with a focus on AI and machine learning) at the same university. In the period in between, he co-founded a tech startup, where he was responsible for hiring, product, strategy, back end and front end development, design, and UX. He is currently pursuing a PhD in biophysics (specifically evolutionary dynamics) at Harvard. For his studies there, he was awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation GRFP, Department of Defense NDSEG, and Department of Energy CSGF fellowships. Julian has written about biophysics, machine learning, astrophysics, and plasma physics.