Bobby co-founded Reframe It after receiving his B.A., magna cum laude, in Philosophy from Yale University. He served as a Special Advisor to Tomorrow’s Europe, a Deliberative Democracy project of the European Commission, and as a Special Advisor to the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University.
Bobby also serves on the advisory board of Recipco (www.recipco.com) and has founded two organizations creating markets for excess capacity. As a Fellow of the Richard Florida Creativity Group and Fellow of the Office of the Mayor of Baltimore, he founded ACCESS Baltimore (Arts Creating Community Energy and Social Solutions), to create opportunities for inner-city at-risk youth to attend cultural events. Bobby also founded the Books for Teachers program, which has created more than 1000 classroom libraries for schools in Connecticut, Hawaii, and Washington.
Bobby co-created the initial version of Haiti.com, a website which allowed earthquake volunteers from to efficiently find information about urgent needs on the ground, and to communicate it with first responders via Usahidi. Bobby is also a playwright who has been produced in London at the Bloomsbury Theatre, Austin, Texas, and New York.
Prior to joining Reframe It, Inc., Ben was an engineer at SAIC, a FORTUNE 500® scientific, engineering and technology applications company known for its national – and international – efforts in national security, energy, infrastructure and more.
There, Ben conducted focused research on safety-critical applications, simplifying the proof process used to determine system safety, and has developed visualization tools for sound production at the Vocal Arts Center at Oberlin Conservatory, allowing singers to understand the sounds they generate. Academically, he has also published his work on a Hidden Markov Model.
Ben earned a B.A. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Mathematics from Oberlin College, and his M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Virginia.
Jim Fishkin is the Director of Stanford University’s Center for Deliberative Democracy and Chair of the Department of Communication. He holds the Janet M. Peck Chair in International Communication at Stanford, where he is a Professor of Communication and Political Science. He received his BA from Yale University in 1970 and holds a PhD in Political Science from Yale as well as a second PhD in Philosophy from Cambridge. Dr. Fishkin is the author of several books, including, most recently, When the People Speak: Deliberative Democracy and Public Consultation, published in 2009.
Dr. Fishkin is most known for developing Deliberative Polling
Alice Siu Chao received her Ph.D. from the Department of Communication at Stanford University, with a focus in political communication, deliberative democracy and public opinion, and her B.A. degrees in Economics and Public Policy and M.A. degree in Political Science, also from Stanford.
Siu has advised policymakers and political leaders around the world, at various levels of government, including leaders in China, Brazil, and Argentina. Her research interests in deliberative democracy include what happens inside deliberation, such as examining the effects of socio-economic class in deliberation, the quality of deliberation, and the quality of arguments in deliberation.
In addition, her work on Deliberative Polling in China has been published in The Search for Deliberative Democracy in China (Palgrave Macmillan), Governance Reform Under Real-Word Conditions: Citizens, Stakeholders, and Voice (World Bank), and in the British Journal of Political Science, titled Deliberative Democracy in an Unlikely Place: Deliberative Polling in China.