More About the Author
I am the founder of the nonprofit Co-Intelligence Institute, author of the books listed here and a lead contributor to COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: AN INTRODUCTION (edited by Nasreen Taher) and COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: CREATING A PROSPEROUS WORLD AT PEACE (edited by Mark Tovey). I have published many articles in alternative journals, collaborated on numerous projects and books, been on several nonprofit boards, and occasionally consulted internationally. For more details, see http://www.co-intelligence.org/tomatleebio.html .
Born in 1947, I was raised as a Quaker peace and social justice activist. On the 1986 Great Peace March, a nine-month trek undertaken by four hundred ordinary people, I experienced bottom-up self-organization and palpable collective intelligence for the first time. This watershed experience changed my life into a search for how to evoke these collective capacities in activist groups, communities, and whole societies. Starting in the mid-1990s, my activist instincts led me to apply my discoveries to the creation of wiser forms of democracy and governance. In 2005 I began a study of evolutionary dynamics that could be used to transform social systems. I have also been exploring the emerging and evolving landscape of green, local, humane, self-organizing, co-intelligent economic innovations (see http://co-intelligence.org/Economics.html )
I live simply in a nine-bedroom, consensus-based co-op house in Eugene, Oregon, with a changing population of friends, dogs, cats, chickens, plants, books, and chores. While I spend most of my time glued to my computer, talking passionately with colleagues, or hanging out with my beloved partner, I also enjoy reading, walking, writing poetry, playing twelve-string guitar, watching movies, and learning how to split wood. My daughter, Jennifer Atlee, is a green building professional in New England who loves hiking and can usually think rings around me.
My main blog is http://tom-atlee.posterous.com and my book-related events are listed at http://epw.wikia.com/wiki/Calendar_of_Events .