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Anthony ChristopherTony is the founder of Digital Places, a consultancy focused on using web-based software to enhance group collaboration and organizational processes. He has led teams in developing and deploying online community, collaboration, and knowledge management initiatives for Fujitsu, Apple Computer, NASA, FAA and many other clients. In management roles he has led marketing, software development, and customer support teams. Full resume here.

Tony recently created a KM Program for a 400+ person federal project. Other clients call on him to identify collaboration and knowledge management requirements and architect, develop and deploy the solutions.

Earlier, Tony led technology development and operational management as VP Production for an award winning project management web service. In the mid 90’s he was Executive Director of Fujitsu's popular consumer online community, WorldsAway. Early in the personal computer era, he was the founding Product Manager for AppleLink, Apple Computer's visionary extranet service that connected its employees with its dealers, developers and corporate accounts. AppleLink was renowned for the 400% annual ROI it returned to Apple and for its role as the intellectual inspiration for Quantum Computer Corporation's 1987 service: America Online.

Tony earned his BA from Columbia University and MBA from Stanford University.

A complete resume on Tony is available here.

Professional Publications and Conferences to which Tony has contributed:

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Beyond the Email Bottleneck — Reviewing deliverables, communicating status, dealing with issues — collaboration is essential to team work, but it doesn't come easily. Read More

12 Principles of CollaborationGuidelines for Designing Internet Services that Support Group Collaboration
Net Success Virtual Communities in Net Success, Adams Media Corporation. An early Internet business book - Forward by Steve Case.
Evolution of Identity in Cyberspace research paper for Institute for the Future’s Outlook Project
Managing Virtual Communities seminars at the Vircomm Communities Conferences

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Clark Dodsworth

Clark DodsworthClark Dodsworth does high-tech strategic planning, technology assessment, competitive analysis, and interactive product development. His product development work includes interface design, user testing, content and systems. His experience ranges from social and networked interfaces to architectural-scale displays. His first book, Digital Illusion: Entertaining the Future with High Technology, is in its third printing. See Clark's site for more on his work.

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Richard Adler

Richard AdlerRichard has been researching and working in new media businesses for over two decades.

Richard held VP level positions with and SeniorSurfers Corp. He was Vice President for Development at SeniorNet, a national non-profit organization that created the first electronic community for older adults.

Before joining SeniorNet, Richard was a director at the Institute for the Future, in Menlo Park, CA where he headed IFTFs research program in online services. While at IFTF, he participated in the Home Banking Interchange service, the largest home banking trial at that time. His clients included many technology and Fortune 500 companies.

Richard has taught communications at Stanford and UCLA and was a Research Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the Interactive Services Association. He has written extensively about new information technologies and their implications including:

  • Jobs, Technology and the Future of Work Aspen Institute Program on Communications and Society, 1998
  • The Future of Advertising - Aspen Institute Program on Communications and Society, 1998
  • Wonderful Internet Life - Introduction to the 1997-8 Interactive Sourcebook, North American Publishing, 1997
  • Older Americans and Computers SeniorNet, 1996
  • The Effects of Television Advertising on Children Addison Wesley, 1979
  • The Electronic Box Office Praeger 1975

Richard holds a BA from Harvard, an MA from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from the McLaren School of Business at the University of San Francisco.

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DeAnna Burghart

DeAnna BurghartDeAnna is a computer-mediated communications consultant and trainer experienced in online community development and collaboration theory. She is currently engaged as Community Technology Director for ProjectConnections, where she serves as the site technologist and community advocate. As technologist, she develops requirements and technical specifications and project manages the site's ongoing user-interface and member database development work. As community advocate, she created and leads the customer support function for the site's thousands of members, as well as she identifying and customizing tools that facilitate productive online collaboration. Her previous work includes online focus groups, report writing, marketing analysis, and web-based seminar development. She has worked as a web project manager facilitating and overseeing design projects, including marketing efforts, for several clients.

DeAnna has co-authored and delivered presentations on a variety of subjects from community theory to software training to management techniques. She has a B.S. in Organizational Communications.

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