Co-founder, All Species Inventory
Co-founder, Global Business Network
Stewart Brand is a co-founder and managing director of Global Business Network, which explores global futures and business strategy, and founded and runs the GBN Book Club. He also is co-founder and president of The Long Now Foundation, created to foster long-term responsibility. He is probably best known for founding, editing, and publishing the Whole Earth Catalog (1968-1985), which received a National Book Award for the 1972 issue. In 1984, he started The WELL (Whole Earth 'Lectronic Link), an award-winning computer teleconference system that now has 11,000 active users worldwide and is considered a bellwether of the genre.
Since 1989, Mr. Brand has sat on the board of trustees of the Santa Fe Institute, an interdisciplinary center studying the sciences of complexity. He was a founding board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which supports civil rights and responsibilities in electronic media, and is an advisor to the nonprofit Ecotrust. The Media Alliance, San Francisco, presented him with a Golden Gadfly Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mr. Brand's books are The Clock Of The Long Now; How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're Built; The Media Lab: Inventing the Future at MIT, and Two Cybernetic Frontiers, which first used the term "personal computer" in print.
He has a degree in biology from Stanford University.