That's me in the center there rapping into the microphone. I don't often do that, but sometimes the call comes in, and you have to answer it. <> My background is in the theater, in music and in circus. I was seduced fairly early on however, along with many others, by the promise of interactive media and user-generated content. My first website, launched in 1994, and provided the first official websites for Burning Man, the Residents & ten other San Francisco-based arts groups. <> I have over the years worked as a user experience designer and consultant for several large corps and orgs, including Ameritech, Apple Computer, Electric Minds, Ariba, the U.N.'s World Heritage Organization, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the California Endowment, TechTV & The Disney Corporation. <> I have spoken and given presentations at SIGCHI, M.I.T., DARPA and various art and tech conferences. <> For 10 years (1997-2007), I was an associate with the Institute for the Future, where I produced numerous conferences, and directed scores of presenters across the U.S. and in Asia. <> I continue to produce monthly public events called Anon Salon as well as a large-scale New Years Eve spectacle called Sea of Dreams.

In addition to blogging here on presentations, I also blog on "art/circus community" and in this political season, occasionally on politics and culture as well.

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