partners

Kaushal Chokshi – CEO Scaale

Mr. Chokshi is CEO of Scaale, and Founder of Quickstart Global, a leader in assisting companies to establish their global footprint.

Kaushal is a locally anchored global citizen, convinced about rise of micro-multinationals, futurist, trans-humanist, believes in sustainable development, social entrepreneur, travels around the world with purpose, loves San Francisco, culinary adventurous, Electric Engineer (done everything except electrical),  amateur wine enthusiast, walk to work community supporter, new angel investor,  enjoys dealing with issues in a sensory overloaded environment, manages international businesses for more than 25 years, serial entrepreneur, likes everything contemporary, has developed models for globally distributed talent, developing new model for micro-multinationals.

Bobby Fishkin – Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Reframe It Inc.

Mr. Fishkin is the Co-Founder and CEO of Reframe It, Inc., a technology company that makes writing in the virtual margins of the web as easy as writing in the margins of a book, allowing users to Reframe any online material in a new context.

Concurrently, Mr. Fishkin serves on the advisory board of Recipco (www.recipco.com). He has served as a Special Advisor to Tomorrow's Europe, a project of the European Commission; as a Special Advisor to the Center for Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University; and was a Fellow of the Richard Florida Creativity Group and Fellow of the Office of the Mayor of Baltimore, USA, where he conceived and developed ACCESS Baltimore (Arts Creating Community Energy and Social Solutions), a program involving more than 30 performing arts venues in Baltimore donating 1% of unsold seats to create opportunities for inner-city at-risk youth to attend cultural events together accompanied by their mentors.  In addition, he also co-founded the Books for Teachers program, which has created more than one thousand classroom libraries for schools in the states of Connecticut, Hawaii, and Washington. Mr. Fishkin was also a co-creator of Haiti.com, a website enabling volunteerism in Haiti after the earthquake there. Finally, Mr. Fishkin is also a playwright who has been produced in London at the Bloomsbury Theatre; in Austin, Texas, USA; and in New York.  Mr. Fishkin is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Yale University with a B.A. in Philosophy.

Dr. James Fishkin, Director of Stanford University Center for Deliberative Democracy & member of Board of Directors of Reframe It Inc.

James S. Fishkin holds the Janet M. Peck Chair in International Communication at Stanford University where he is Professor of Communication and Professor of Political Science. He is also Director of Stanford's Center for Deliberative Democracy and Chair of the Department of Communication. The Center for Deliberative Democracy At Stanford is located online at cdd.stanford.edu.

He is the author of a number of books including Democracy and Deliberation: New Directions for Democratic Reform (1991), The Dialogue of Justice (1992 ), The Voice of the People: Public Opinion and Democracy (1995). With Bruce Ackerman he is co-author of Deliberation Day (Yale Press, 2004). His new book When the People Speak: Deliberative Democracy and Public Consultation will be published by Oxford University Press in fall 2009.

He is best known for developing Deliberative Polling® - a practice of public consultation that employs random samples of the citizenry to explore how opinions would change if they were more informed. Professor Fishkin and his collaborators have conducted Deliberative Polls in the US, Britain, Australia, Denmark, Bulgaria, China, Greece and other countries.

Fishkin has been a Visiting Fellow Commoner at Trinity College, Cambridge as well as a Fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford, a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and a Guggenheim Fellow. Fishkin received his B.A. from Yale in 1970 and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale as well as a second Ph.D. in Philosophy from Cambridge.