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From the earliest days of the Web, David Weinberger, Ph.D., has been a pioneering thought-leader about the technology's effect on our lives, our businesses, and most of all on our ideas.
He has contributed in a remarkably wide range of fields, from marketing to libraries to politics to journalism to education to the impact and meaning of AI, and more:
David Weinberger's twisty career began as a philosophy professor for six years, and then took a sharp turn when his many years as a freelance journalist and humor writer led him to a job in a high tech start-up as a marketing writer. That put him in a position to observe and participate in the early rise of the World Wide Web. He went on to become a Marketing VP and strategic marketing consultant to companies working at the heart of the Net revolution, including in early online search and very early social networking.
In 1999 he was a co-author of a seminal work in Internet business and marketing, The Cluetrain Manifesto. He followed this with 2002;s Small Pieces Loosely Joined that explained the appeal of the Web as a more faithful expression of human existence.
In 2004, he became a Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center, and then a senior researcher and founding member of the Fellows Advisory Board; he remains closely affiliated with the Center.
In 2007 he wrote Everything Is Miscellaneous about how the digital world is profoundly changing our ideas about how we organize our things and world. This led to becoming co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab where for almost five years he led a team of developers creating groundbreaking, open library tech.
He was a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department 2009-2011, working with the e-Diplomacy group on social networking software. In 2015 he was a Harvard Shorenstein journalism fellow where he documented the use of open platforms by news media.
2012's Too Big to Know explored how the movement of knowledge onto the Web is resulting in knowledge taking on the properties of networks, escaping the limitations of paper bound into books.
His most recent book, the award-winning Everyday Chaos (HBR, 2019), presents a unique perspective on the rise and importance of machine learning.
His work has been published many times in Wired and Harvard Business Review, as well as in Scientific American, The NY Times, Washington Post, and many, many more. He has given hundreds of keynote speeches around the world, including recently on what ethics can learn from AI and the shift in our most ancient strategies for thriving as citizens and businesspeople.
David has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto, and was given an honorary doctorate of letters from Simmons College.
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The Wall Street Journal called him a "marketing guru." He's the co-author of the The Cluetrain Manifesto, the bestseller that cut through the hype and told business the truth about the Web: it's a social space before it's a commercial one.
His most recent book, Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We're Thriving in a New World of Possibility", puts AI in a unique perspective: a way of letting us acknowledge, engage, and succeed with the chaos that has always been all around us. It was named Best Business Commentary of 2020 by Axiom, one of the Top Three Books for Readers by HBR Press, one of the Top 5 Big Ideas Business Books by BookPal, and more.
His 2002 book, Small Pieces Loosely Joined was published to rave reviews hailing it as the first book to put the Internet in its deepest context. In 2007 he wrote Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder, which has been called "an instant classic". It explains how the new rules for organizing ideas and information are transforming business and culture. His 2012 book, Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room won two international best book of the year awards. The theme through all of these: Tech is challenging and changing some of our most basic ideas.
He's been a frequent commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered and has written for the "Fortune 500" of business and tech journals, including The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Scientific American, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, USA Today, The Guardian, and Wired. Journalists from The New York Times, Newsweek, Time, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, InformationWeek, The Economist, Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and many more turn to him for insight. He has been a columnist for CNN.com, United Airline's premium in-flight magazine, Knowledge Management World and il sole 24 ore,.
He was a philosophy professor for six years, a gag writer for Woody Allen's comic strip for seven years, a humor columnist, a dot-com entrepreneur before most people knew what a home page was, and a strategic marketing consultant to household-name multinationals and the most innovative startups.
He has a Ph.D. in philosophy and has a long affiliation with the prestigious Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society as a Fellow, Senior Researcher, and on the Fellows Advisory Board. During 2010-2014, he was Co-Director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, and was a Franklin Fellow at the United States State Department (2010-12). In 2014, Simmons College awarded him an honorary doctorate in humane letters. In the Spring of 2015 he was a fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics, and Public Policy. In 2018 he began two years as a writer in residence at a Google machine learning research group.
He is also one of the most entertaining and acclaimed presenters around.
Dr.. David Weinberger turns this remarkable range of experience and knowledge to the most important question facing every business today: How is technology changing the way employees, partners and customers are putting themselves together, and how is that changing the basics of business, culture, education, politics, government...