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What do we do about inequality? - Author Bios

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Book 1 by the Wicked Problems Collaborative is nearing completion. Please check out this deck which features our author bios. It's an accomplished, interesting bunch. Our Kickstarter is currently live (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1035818605/wpc-book-1-what-do-we-do-about-inequality). The book is expected to be released this November.

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What do we do about inequality? - Author Bios

  1. 1. The Wicked Problems Collaborative and The Journal Review Foundation Present: What do we do about inequality?
  2. 2. The First Job Creator -Adam Kotsko WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Adam Kotsko is an American writer, theologian, religious scholar, and translator, working chiefly in the field of political theology. As of 2013, he is an Assistant Professor of Humanities at Shimer College in Chicago.
  3. 3. The State of Affairs: Heading from Bad to Worse, -Adnan Al-Daini WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Dr Adnan Al-Daini (PhD Birmingham University, UK) is a retired University Engineering lecturer. He is a British citizen born in Iraq. He writes regularly on issues of social justice and the Middle East. Adnan is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post.
  4. 4. Poverty & Gender Inequality: A View from India -Akhila Vijayaraghavan WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Akhila is the Founding Director of GreenDen Consultancy which is dedicated to offering business analysis, reporting, and marketing solutions powered by sustainability and social responsibility. Based in the US, Europe, and India GreenDen's consultants share the best practices and innovation from around the globe to achieve real results. As an IEMA certified CSR practitioner, she hopes to highlight the various socio-economic issues that come into play and to also highlight a new way of doing business. She is a graduate in Molecular Biology from the University of Glasgow, UK and has written extensively on various platforms. In her free-time she is a voracious reader and enjoys photography, yoga, travelling, and the outdoors. She can be contacted via Twitter @aksvi
  5. 5. WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Alex Cobham is a development economist and Director of Research at the international Tax Justice Network, and a visiting fellow at King’s College London. Over the last fifteen years Alex has held various policy and research posts at the Center for Global Development, Save the Children, Christian Aid, and at Oxford University. Alex’s work has mainly focused on issues of taxation, horizontal and vertical inequality, and illicit financial flows; and more broadly on the role of power in uncounted phenomena. With Andy Sumner, he has proposed a new measure of income inequality, the Palma ratio. Web: http://uncounted.org Twitter: @alexcobham Inequality, uncounted -Alex Cobham
  6. 6. The Age of Inequality: Causes, Discontents, and a Radical Way Forward -Alnoor Ladha Author, Activist, Social Entrepreneur WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Alnoor’s work focuses on the intersection of political organizing, storytelling and technology. He is a founding member and the Executive Director of /The Rules (/TR), a global network of activists, organizers, designers, coders, researchers, writers and others dedicated to changing the rules that create inequality and poverty around the world. /TR work with the world's leading social movements to amplify their campaigns, build capacity and deepen a global community of support. They also run a global thinktank, the Memetics Institute, that creates content, research, analysis and tools to help bring more progressive ideas into the mainstream. Alnoor is a writer and speaker on new forms of activism, the structural causes of inequality, the link between climate change and poverty, and the rise of the Global South as a powerful organizing force in the transition to a post-capitalist world. He is also writing a book about the intersection of spirituality and politics. He is a board member of Greenpeace, and a visiting lecturer at New York University (NYU), Columbia University and the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). Alnoor holds an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics.
  7. 7. Is Capitalism Unfair? -Chris MacDonald WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Chris MacDonald, Ph.D., is Director of the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Research & Education Program at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, in Toronto. He is also a Nonresident Senior Scholar at Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics. He is the author of more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, co- author of a successful textbook on business ethics, and co-author of a best-selling textbook on critical thinking. He is a popular speaker and frequent media commentator, and since 2006 he has been author of The Business Ethics Blog (businessethicsblog.com), the world’s #1 blog on that topic.
  8. 8. The Gig Economy Seeks Disposable Humans -Chris Oestereich WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Chris is the Founder of the Wicked Problems Collaborative. He is a columnist for SALT Magazine, and has written on topics related to sustainable business for a number of publications, including: The Harvard Business Review, Sustainable Brands, Triple Pundit, CSRwire, and 2Degrees, as well as his own sites: WickedProblemsCollaborative.com & LinearToCircular.com. Chris works as a consultant to spread the knowledge he gained leading Zero Waste programs at Albertsons & SuperValu, and he is also a board member for SunSaluter, an organization that makes a device which manually improves solar panel energy output by 30%, while producing clean drinking water. Chris and his wife are enjoying raising two rambunctious boys in Bangkok, Thailand.
  9. 9. The Inefficiency of Inequality -Daniel Altman WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Daniel is an economist and internationally bestselling author. He is the creator of the Baseline Profitability Index, a tool for assessing the attractiveness of investing in markets around the world that is published by Foreign Policy magazine. He also serves as an adjunct associate professor of economics at New York University's Stern School of Business, where he teaches long-term macroeconomic forecasting and sports analytics. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the expert advisory board at Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Daniel previously wrote economic commentary for The Economist, The International Herald Tribune, and The New York Times. In between stints as a journalist, he was an economic advisor in the British government. He now writes a global economics column as senior editor for economics at Foreign Policy magazine, and he publishes articles on soccer analytics for The New Yorker. Daniel received his doctorate in economics from Harvard University. He has lived and worked on four continents and is a citizen of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
  10. 10. 20th century solutions wont work for 21st century inequality -David Atkins WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? David Atkins is a research professional, writer and activist living in California. He currently writes for the Washington Monthly's Political Animal; he has also written extensively for Alternet, Salon, and Digby's Hullabaloo. He is president of The Pollux Group, a research firm specializing in technology and politics serving Fortune 500 companies as well as political and non-profit groups. He is also active in the California Democratic Party: he served as Chair of the Ventura County Democratic Party before moving to Santa Barbara where he currently serves on that county Democratic Party's executive board. He is currently working on a book on the challenges to both capitalism and labor in the 21st century.
  11. 11. What You Know is Based on Who You Know -Deborah Mills-Scofield WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Deborah Mills-Scofield helps mid to large-sized companies make strategic planning a verb. She also is a partner in an early stage Venture Capital firm. Deb writes for Harvard Business Review, Switch and Shift and other venues, including her own blog, and has contributed to several books. She is on the board of Brown University’s Engineering School and RISD’s DESINE-Lab and lectures in Brown’s IE-Brown E-MBA program. Deb also mentors students doing ‘regular’ and social startups and supports those involved in STEAM. Her patent from AT&T Bell Labs was one of the highest-revenue generating patents for AT&T and Lucent. She measures success by her clients’ success and their impact. She can be reached at @dscofield on twitter or dms@mills-scofield.com.
  12. 12. The Participation Gap -Devin Stewart WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Devin Stewart is senior fellow at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. Previously, he was senior program director at Japan Society, Inc. Over the past few years, he has been appointed as a Truman Security Project Fellow, a Next Generation Fellow, and an adjunct assistant professor in international affairs at Columbia University and New York University.
  13. 13. The Participation Gap -Dylan Matthews WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Dylan Matthews is a senior correspondent for Vox.com, where he covers effective altruism, poverty, taxes, and economic policy, among other topics. He is the author of Vox Sentences, a nightly email newsletter. He previously worked as a reporter at the Washington Post, where he wrote for Wonkblog and cofounded the blog Know More.
  14. 14. Income Inequality Whats Wrong With It, and What's Not -Filip Spagnoli WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? I’m a writer and philosopher. Interested in human rights, democracy, justice, globalization and stuff. Based in Brussels where I did my PhD. Currently in the statistics business. (I know, makes no sense). Grandson of an Italian immigrant who missed his boat to the US and stayed in Antwerp. I also try to do some art.
  15. 15. Billionaires with Drones - The Officialization of the Criminal and the Criminalization of the Official - Frank Pasquale WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Frank Pasquale is Professor of Law at the University of Maryland, an Affiliate Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, and a member of the Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society. Frank is the author of The Black Box Society, published by Harvard University Press in 2015.
  16. 16. To Tackle Extreme Poverty, We Must Take on Extreme Inequality -Gawain Kripke WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Gawain Kripke is the director of policy and research at Oxfam America and has more than 20 years of experience working on public policy and advocacy issues. His department conducts research and policy advocacy focusing on the effectiveness of foreign aid and development, climate change, trade and agriculture, humanitarian issues, and extractive industries. Kripke is a frequent commentator on foreign aid, human rights, humanitarian issues, and agricultural policies in major news media, including The New York Times, CNN, NPR, BBC World News, and Marketplace.
  17. 17. Turmoil and Transition -Harold Jarche WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Harold Jarche is an international consultant and speaker, helping people and businesses adapt to the network era. He helps networked organizations improve performance through social learning. Harold has been described as “a keen subversive of the last century’s management and education models”. He knows that the ability to learn is the only lasting competitive advantage in an era of life in perpetual Beta. Harold provides pragmatic advice and guidance on connected leadership, social learning, personal knowledge mastery, and workplace collaboration. He also distills heady topics like complexity theory into practical advice. A graduate of the Royal Military College, Harold served over 20 years in the Canadian Armed Forces in leadership and training roles.
  18. 18. The Age of Inequality: Causes, Discontents, and a Radical Way Forward -Dr. Jason Hickel WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Dr. Jason Hickel is an anthropologist at the London School of Economics. He specializes on globalization, finance, democracy, violence, and ritual, with a regional focus on South Africa. He is the author of Democracy as Death: The Moral Order of Anti-Liberal Politics in South Africa (University of California Press, 2015). In addition to his academic work, Jason contributes regularly to The Guardian, Al Jazeera, and other online outlets.
  19. 19. The Stickiness of Injustice -Jennifer Reft WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Jennifer is an activist who fights for democratic outcomes, with a focus on the rights of the oppressed.
  20. 20. The Voices That Are Not Your Own -John C. Havens WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? John C. Havens is the author of Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity to Maximize Machines (Tarcher/Penguin, 2016), and Hacking Happiness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Save the World (Tarcher/Penguin, 2014) whose work has appeared in Mashable, The Guardian, Slate, and Fast Company. He is the Founder of the non-profit, Happathon Project, which combines emerging technology and positive psychology to increase wellbeing. A former professional actor appearing in principal roles on Broadway, TV, and film, he is a keynote speaker and consultant who has worked with such clients as Gillette, P&G, HP, and Merck. More @johnchavens.
  21. 21. Copy Editor Extraordinaire -Jonathan Cohn WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Jonathan Cohn is the Managing Editor of the Great Transition Initiative. He is responsible for coordinating the on- going editorial, production, moderation, and dissemination process. Through volunteerism, research, and advocacy, Jonathan has demonstrated a commitment to environmental sustainability and social justice. He has interned with the New Economics Institute and Common Cause, among other organizations, and recently worked in the development team at Civic Works' Baltimore Center for Green Careers. Jonathan Cohn received a B.A. in English and History (Honors) from Georgetown University in 2010. In 2012, he received a M.A. from Columbia University and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics through their dual degree program in international and world history.
  22. 22. The Problem of Inequality -Kevin Carson WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Kevin A. Carson, an individualist anarchist who lives in Winslow, AR, is Senior Fellow and Karl Hess Chair of Social Policy at Center for a Stateless Society (a left-wing market anarchist think tank). He's the author of Studies in Mutualist Political Economy, Organization Theory: A Libertarian Perspective, The Homebrew Industrial Revolution: A Low Overhead Manifesto, and The Desktop Regulatory State (forthcoming -- online draft at http://desktopregulatorystate.wordpress.com). Kevin also frequently writes for the P2P Foundation's blog.
  23. 23. Fixing Inequality: Getting the Frame Right -KoAnn Skrzyniarz WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? KoAnn is Founder and Chief Executive of Sustainable Life Media, producers and conveners of the international Sustainable Brands community. Prior to launching Sustainable Life Media in 2004, KoAnn founded and lead a boutique management consultancy called Organizations That Work, focusing on helping enable breakthrough financial performance through purpose-driven leadership and improved organizational alignment. Prior to that she worked for 18 years in B2B media where she launched and lead media properties including magazines, conferences, trade shows and more for a wide range of markets, starting with natural resources (timber, paper, and mining, and ending with a variety of emerging technology sectors. During her tenure she garnered extensive experience in launching and growing countless product brands, as well as defining a corporate brand strategy and integrating it with a global product brand portfolio spanning many market sectors.
  24. 24. The Inequality of Wildness and Necessity of Wildness for Equality -Megan Hollingsworth WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? MEGAN HOLLINGSWORTH, MS, is a mother and writer. She is founder and creative director at ex·tinc·tion wit·ness, a collaborative art project that stems from her Quaker upbringing and personal existential journey, explored academically during graduate study of the human emotional and spiritual response to genocide and mass species extinction. At ex·tinc·tion wit·ness, Megan produces short poetic films and electronic posts with attention to groups being and becoming extinct. Her writing encourages self-care and social responsibility during this age of ecological upheaval and societal transformation. Megan can also be read at Elephant Journal, Dark Matter: Women Witnessing, and Dark Mountain Project.
  25. 25. Poor Choices - Melonie Fullick WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Melonie Fullick is a writer, researcher, and perpetual student. Her current research focuses on university governance, Canadian post-secondary policy, and communication and organizational change, examining the processes and effects of policy changes at various levels on the work and experiences of students, faculty, staff and administrators. Melonie holds a BA in Communication Studies from McMaster University and an MA in Linguistics from York University. She has written for various publications including Inside Higher Ed, the Globe and Mail, the Guardian UK, University Affairs, and Academic Matters, and she can be found on Twitter at @qui_oui and through her blog, Speculative Diction.
  26. 26. Can Equipotentiality Foster Equality? -Michel Bauwens WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Michel Bauwens, theoretician, activist, and public speaker, is one of the pioneers of the peer-to-peer movement. He is founder and director of the P2P Foundation and works in collaboration with a global group of researchers in the exploration of peer productions, governance, and property. His work, both rich and complex, is built around the concepts of networks and caring for the commons, and lays the conceptual foundations of a production system that would serve as an alternative to industrial capitalism, which also involves new ownership and governance systems. Bauwens travels extensively giving lectures and workshops on the P2P and The Commons as emergent paradigms and the opportunities they present to move towards a post-capitalist world.
  27. 27. Can Equipotentiality Foster Equality? -Miles Kimball WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Miles Kimball is Professor of Economics and Survey Research at the University of Michigan. Politically, Miles is an independent who grew up in an apolitical family. He holds many strong opinions—open to revision in response to cogent arguments—that do not line up neatly with either the Republican or Democratic Party.
  28. 28. To Tackle Extreme Poverty, We Must Take on Extreme Inequality -Nick Galasso WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Nick Galasso leads Oxfam's work on economic inequality and governance. Galasso is the co- author of "Working For the Few: Political Capture and Economic Inequality," the report that calculated the 85 richest people in the world have the same wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population. From 2012-2014, he was an American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellow. He holds a PhD in Global Governance.
  29. 29. Towards Renouncing Personal Privatization -Dr. Nicholas Archer WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Dr. Nicholas Archer is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Middlesex County College. His scholarly focuses include democratic theory and American Political Thought. He received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2010.
  30. 30. What should the world learn from the experience of inequality in Latin America? -Patrick Iber WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Patrick Iber is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is the author of Neither Peace nor Freedom: The Cultural Cold War in Latin America, published by Harvard University Press in 2015.
  31. 31. Noble Fictions and Sacred Texts -Paul Fidalgo WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Paul Fidalgo is a writer and performer, currently the communications director for the Center for Inquiry, an organization that promotes science, reason, and humanist values. He holds a master’s in political management from George Washington University, and has worked for various nonprofits and campaigns. Before entering the real world, he spent a decade as a professional stage actor, including five years with the American Shakespeare Center, and continues to dabble in acting and music when possible. He blogs at iMortal.co, and lives in Maine with his wife and two children.
  32. 32. The Tragedy of Our Middle Class -Peter Barnes WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Peter Barnes is an entrepreneur and writer who has co-founded and led several successful businesses and written numerous articles and books about capitalism, the commons and other topics. His latest book, With Liberty and Dividends for All: How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don't Pay Enough, proposes universal dividends from shared wealth as a practical solution to economic inequality. Barnes grew up in New York City and earned a B.A. in history from Harvard and an M.A. in government from Georgetown. He was a Washington correspondent for Newsweek and west coast correspondent for The New Republic. In 1976 he co-founded a worker-owned solar energy company in San Francisco, and in 1983 he co- founded Working Assets (now Credo). In 1995 he was named Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California.
  33. 33. The Empathy Deficit -Robin Cangie WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Robin is a writer, marketeer, and passionate generalist. She is a lifelong student of philosophy and human culture, which is readily apparent in her writing. As a marketing executive in the tech industry, she also happens to know quite a few things about technology and its implications for a civilized society. Close friends know that she has a fatal weakness for microbrews, Oxford commas, and silly cat videos.
  34. 34. Addressing Wealth Inequality with Investing Solutions from Nature -Rosalinda Sanquiche WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Rosalinda is Executive Director of Ethical Markets Media and Managing Director for the EthicMark Awards for advertising. She has written for The Guardian, Sustainable Brands, CSRWire, Builder/Architect and other outlets on the environment, construction, sustainability and the media. She taught environmental policy and team-taught field classes combining ecology and policy in Florida and Belize. Rosalinda’s childhood hiking through Puerto Rico’s El Yunque National Forest informed her belief that we must behave sustainably to preserve our magnificent world for many generations. Rosalinda served as treasurer for the NE Florida Green Chamber and advises Synergy Asset Strategies, Inc., soon to offer the first Ethical Biomimicry Finance portfolio. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and with awards from the National Science and National Hispanic Foundations, she earned a masters in Environmental and Resource Policy as a George Washington University Fellow in D.C.
  35. 35. Occupy Sandy and the Future of Socialism -Sam Knight WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Sam Knight is a reporter, editor and co-founder of The District Sentinel, a news co- op reporting on Washington and federal policy for the left.
  36. 36. Inequality and the Basic Income Guarantee -Scott Santens WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Scott Santens has a crowdfunded basic income and has been a moderator of the basic income community on Reddit since 2013. As a writer and blogger, his pieces advocating the idea have appeared on such sites as The Huffington Post, the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), and Quartz among others.
  37. 37. The Ideological Straitjacket -Sean McElwee WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Sean McElwee is a Research Associate at Demos.
  38. 38. Post-Scarcity Economics -Tom Streithorst WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? Tom Streithorst has been a union member, an entrepreneur, a war cameraman, a commercials director, a journalist. These days, he mostly does voiceovers and thinks about economic history. An American in London, he’s been writing for magazines on both sides of the pond since 2008. He is currently working on a book on how the incredible productive power of capitalism and technology have the potential to bring us all prosperity and happiness but so far, we keep screwing it up. He also writes a regular column about economics at pieria.co.uk, and he contributes to the LA Review of Books.
  39. 39. The Logic of Stupid Poor People: Status, Poverty and Gatekeeping -Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D. WPC Book 1: What do we do about inequality? I am an assistant professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University, affiliated faculty at The Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and contributing editor at Dissent magazine. My research, scholarship and civic involvements aim to understand how inequalities manifest in the new economy and how those inequalities can be addressed. My expertise is in for-profit higher education, digital inequalities, and the transition points from student and worker. In addition to teaching and researching I have advised academic, community and political organizations on matters of race/gender/class inequality, higher education and workforce development. I also consult with universities and non-profit organizations on public scholarship, technology and organizational change. Twitter handle: @tressiemcphd