I run KnowledgeWorks, a small venture that works with organization communities to provide immersive knowledge sharing through virtual social spaces, online video conferences, curated conversations, and cultivated communities. I am also the initiator of the TEDx Organizers Global Gathering, a 60 hour global conference that was held in April 2013, and am host for the TEDx Organizers Knowledge Cafes.
I have worked with businesses, philanthropies and nonprofits to face community and technology challenges, and am a consultant with ProjectLine Services and Microsoft. I've built web database applications and online toolsets.
From 1989-1994, I helped organize the nonprofit sector in the Northwest US by publishing a weekly listing of nonprofit jobs and by writing a guide to working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector.
I hold an MA in Literature, focusing on world literature written in English, and wrote a thesis that developed the idea of Extraculturality, which explores the effects and consequences of being outside one's familiar cultural context.
Phil Klein's work has been funded by grants to nonprofits from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gill Foundation, PhilanthropyNW (a consortium of funders), DeWitt Wallace Readers Digest fund, Rockefeller Foundation, and others.
cultivating communities, curating conversations, and crafting online social spaces. I love intercultural openness, social software, philanthropy, philosophy, and transformation
immersive knowledge sharing
appreciating the sunrise and other moments, caretaking memories, reading, crazy good day dreaming, listening to my daughters.
I met TEDster Siegfried Woldhek at a tech for nonprofits conference. (I'd seen Siegfried's talk on the Leonardo da Vinci self-portrait talk) and we spoke about his commuity tech project, NABUUR.com the global neighbor network, and he said I belonged at TED. A year later, while living in Martinique, I went to TEDGlobal 2009. I then spoke at TEDxAnchorage and TEDxTamaya and began attending TEDx events and returning to TEDGlobal. I've now organized TEDxRainier in Seattle, producing in 2010 and curating since 2011.
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