Advisory Committee

Robert M. Coppock

Robert M. Coppock

Retired

Bio-analytical Professional and Inventor

Robert Coppock is a retired bio-analytical professional and inventor. Coppock received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. Through the professional span of his career he engaged in the fields of bio-technology and programming. Coppock was involved with a San Diego company that pioneered robotic automation of pipette transfer processes for use in the biotech industry. While employed with Beckman Instruments in Mountain View, Coppock developed a total of 4 patents between the years 1989 and 1992, for technological devices mainly used for laboratory work. This included a user-programmable controller with a variety of menus and options for particular biological and chemical assay experiments through an automated lab workstation, as well as another workstation which allowed for interactive connections through a remote computer. Coppock takes particular interest in the preservation of the environment, sustainability, and long-term thinking projects, including a recently specific desire to bring broadband and more developed Wi-fi networks in rural areas.

 

 

Gordon Freedman

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Gordon Freedman

President

National Laboratory for Education Transformation (NLET)

Gordon Freedman is the President of the National Laboratory for Education Transformation (NLET), a California-based 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to transforming 20th century education into 21st century learning. Freedman founded NLET to create an organization that could look three to five years into the future, acting as a broad social, research and organizational platform for the alignment of education with the knowledge economy and youth culture. Freedman is also a Fellow at SRI (www.SRI.com).

Freedman has helped evolve the field of eLearning and is an advocate for broad-based change across the K to College education spectrum while serving in a variety of firms, non-profits (Innovate Educate and K20CETC), and through his former consulting firm, Knowledge Base, LLC.  Furthermore, he has also served as Vice President Global Education Strategy, Blackboard Inc, a Washington, DC based academic technology corporation with software implementations for higher education, training and schools in over 50 nations.  Freedman is the co-founder of the International School of Monterey, a K-8 California charter school.

 

Timothy C. Mack

Timothy C. Mack

Managing Principal

AAI Foresight

Former President (10 years), World Future Society

Tim Mack is the Managing Principal at AAI Foresight. From 1985, he edited the oldest and best respected professional journal in the foresight area, Futures Research Quarterly (FRQ). He spent 11 years as President of the World Future Society, which has been the leading organization in the futures field for 44 years. He was also the Executive Editor of World Future Review, the successor publication to FRQ and also Future Survey, which had been previously edited by Dr. Michael Marien for nearly 30 years.

Like the field of foresight, Mr. Mack’s background is broad and eclectic.  He has been an attorney and member of the New York and District of Columbia bars since the 1970s and has served as General Counsel for a number of profit and non-profit groups involved in trend analysis, social dynamics and public policy.  In the area of education, he co-founded a Children’s Law Institute while in law school with funding from a Legal Rights Foundation, and worked as a fellow at the Institute for Human Policy, which drafted the Education for All Handicapped Children Act [94-142].  As well, Mr. Mack was a Research Associate for the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Child Development Research and Public Policy.  Finally, he co-managed a Summer Institute for K-12 children with ties to the Carnegie Academy for Science Education and the American Institute of Architects.

 

Kim Polese

Kim Polese

Chairman, Clear Street Inc.

Long Now Advisory Board Member

Kim Polese is a leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur and technology executive. She currently serves as Chairman of ClearStreet Inc., a social finance startup focused on helping people eliminate debt and achieve long-term financial health. Previously, Polese served as CEO of SpikeSource Inc., which developed software to automate open source application management. Prior to SpikeSource, Ms. Polese co-founded Marimba Inc., an Internet-based software management pioneer. She served as President and CEO until 2000, leading Marimba to profitability. Before co-founding Marimba, Ms. Polese spent more than seven years with Sun Microsystems and was the founding product manager for Java when it launched in 1995.

Ms. Polese is also a prominent advocate of public policy to increase America’s innovation capacity. In 2011 she was named to President Obama’s Innovation Advisory Board, which guided the Commerce Department’s study of U.S. economic competitiveness, delivering a report with recommendations to Congress in January 2012. Ms. Polese is the recipient of the 2010 National Center for Women and Information Technology Innovator Award Symons Innovator Award. In 1997, Time Magazine proclaimed her as one of the “25 Most Influential Americans.” She is an Aspen Institute Crown Fellow and serves on several boards, including the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the University of California President’s Board on Science and Innovation, UC Berkeley’s College of Engineering, the Long Now Foundation, and the Global Security Institute.

 

Alexander Rose

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Alexander Rose

Executive Director and Clock Project Manager

Long Now Foundation

Alexander was hired in 01997 to build the 10,000 Year Clock with computer scientist Danny Hillis. Alexander has spoken at venues all over the world ranging from NASA to the TED conference. He was an artist in residence at Silicon Graphics Inc., and a founding partner of the robotics company Inertia Labs.  As the Director of Long Now, Alexander has facilitated projects such as the 10,000 Year Clock, The Rosetta Project, Long Bets, Seminars About Long Term Thinking, Long Server and others. Alexander shares several design patents on the 10,000 Year Clock with Danny Hillis, the first prototype of which is in the Science Museum of London, and the monument scale version is now under construction in West Texas.  Alexander’s combat robots have won over six world championship titles appearing in the TV show BattleBots. Alexander has also built large pyrotechnic displays for the Burning Man festival and other dangerous machines. Alexander is part of the Theil Fellowship Network, and founded the Robot Fighting League.

 

Paul Saffo

Paul Saffo

Paul Saffo

Futurist

Singularity University

Stanford University

Paul is a forecaster with over two decades experience helping stakeholders understand and respond to the dynamics of large-scale, long-term change. He is the Futures Studies and Forecasting Chair at Singularity University. Paul also teaches at Stanford where he is a Consulting Associate Professor in the Engineering School. He advises governmental and corporate clients worldwide. Paul is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, and a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Paul holds degrees from Harvard College, Cambridge University, and Stanford University.

 

Laura Welcher

Laura Welcher

Director of Operations and The Rosetta Project

Long Now Foundation

Laura Welcher is a linguist with research interests in endangered language documentation, description and revitalization, as well as the growing sub discipline of computer-assisted linguistics. She received a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley, where she learned first hand the importance of creating digital language resources that last in her field research with critically endangered North American languages. Since then she has become involved with various projects in linguistics that are working towards developing standards for the creation and archiving of digital language resources and interoperable tools to support linguistic research.