I’m the founder and current executive director of the New Media Studio and the New Media Research
Institute in Santa Barbara. I am a social anthropologist and an urban cultural geographer. I completed the
first multimedia dissertation at UC Santa Barbara. Through the New Media Studio, I am realizing the
goal of bringing new tools and skills to the public to help democratize the technological advantages of
the digital revolution.
I studied with Frank Herbert in Seattle in the 1970s.
I have been active for several years in issues of digital libraries, the use of multimedia
in education, issues of democracy in digital organizations, and the theory of digital media.
I’m leading a public awareness action in Santa Barbara, lightblueline.org, which proposes to paint the
seven-meter elevation contour on that city's streets, to mark the vulnerability the community faces due
to human induced climate change. We have plans to make this national and global now that Obama has
been elected. I’m also working on developing social networking tools for scientists, and I’ve just finished
another science fiction novel.