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TEDxHayward - Bobby Fishkin - A Global Deliberative Society

Mr. Fishkin is the Founder and CEO of Reframe It, Inc., a technology company that makes writing in the virtual margins of the web as easy as writing in the margins of a book, allowing large numbers of people to discuss online material. Mr. Fishkin founded this company after researching how Tolstoy, George Eliot, Charles Darwin, C.S.Lewis and e. e. cummings added marginalia in their personal copies of works by Shakespeare; he did this work while at Yale, working under the guidance of Harold Bloom. Mr. Fishkin has also served as a Special Advisor to Tomorrow's Europe, a project of the European Commission in conjunction with the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford. He has worked as a social entrepreneur, conceiving and developing a project which turned under-utilized capacity into valuable educational resources for under-served communities. Bobby conceived and developed the "Books for Teachers" program that has created more than 1000 classroom libraries for schools in Connecticut, Hawaii, and the state of Washington. Bobby also created a short-term project on which got large numbers of volunteers to look for information after the Haiti earthquake and place reports on Ushahidi so that first responders would have an accurate map of challenges that needed a response. Mr. Fishkin is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale College with a B.A. in Philosophy.About TEDxIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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