Sean Bonner is a Los Angeles & Tokyo based entrepreneur, journalist, activist and enthusiast.
Sean Bonner is co-founder and global director of Safecast, a visiting researcher with the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media, sits on the board of CicLAvia and is a contributor to the multimedia art/music collective Cross My Heart Hope To Die. He previously co-founded Coffee Common and Crash Space. He has been a regular contributor to BoingBoing as well as written editorials for MAKE, Al Jazeera and others. He maintains a regular link-filled newsletter and has been a Shuttleworth Fellow since 2014. A selected artist CV can be found here.
He’s been an Artist In Residence at the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, a Hacker In Residence at Sparkfun in Colorado, and a Entrepreneur In Residence at The Groop in Los Angeles.
A frequent speaker, Sean explores topics ranging from lifestyle hacks to blogs, media, and grassroots journalism. He’s spoken at CCC events in Hamburg and Berlin, StanfordMedicineX (Palo Alto), TechCrunch Disrupt (NYC), TEDxVienna [video], SXSW (Austin), Roboexotica (Vienna) and Re:Publica (Berlin) among others. Sean has organized conferences and unconferences including the first BarCamp in Los Angeles and ongoing The New Context Conference in Tokyo.
Previously, as co-founder of Bode Media Inc, Sean helped create Metblogs, the first global network of local media sites. As a consultant he’s helped the LAPD, Suicide Girls, Obey Giant and others interact with their customers, clients, and fans online. As a designer Sean has recently done work for Die Antwoord’s and Bad Brains.
Prior to all this, Sean helped build the groundbreaking contemporary art gallery sixspace, exhibiting artists such as Glen E. Friedman, Shepard Fairey, Coop, Chad Robertson and others. He also ran a record label and produced several records by Hot Water Music and Less Than Jake to name a few. He’s managed his own design firm and designed things at Playboy and Victory Records. Way before that he was a dishwasher.