It’s rather difficult to explain what Sean Bonner does exactly, though he’s often referred to as an entrepreneur, publisher, journalist, activist, photographer and enthusiast. He simply calls himself a misanthropologist.

Sean Bonner is co-founder and global director of Safecast, an Associate Professor at Keio University, a visiting researcher with the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media, sits on the board of CicLAvia and holds advisory/mentor roles with both the Highway 101 Incubator and Singularity University. He previously co-founded Coffee Common and Crash Space and was a founding collaborator to the multimedia art/music collective CMHHTD and Saturday Night Massacre. 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 became a Shuttleworth Fellow in 2014.

The book Don’t Go Outside, a collection of Sean’s street photography from Tokyo was published in 2017. 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 selected artist CV can be found here.

Over the last 10 years he’s spoken at events in Geneva, Hamburg, Berlin, Palo Alto, New York City, Austin, Vienna and others, though he’s currently taking a break from speaking.

Previously, as co-founder of Bode Media Inc, Sean helped create Metblogs, the first global network of local media sites. He built the first version of Shepard Fairey’s Obey Giant website and helped Suicide Girls create their newswire. As a designer Sean has done work for Die Antwoord 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, Space Invader, Coop, Chad Robertson and others. He also ran a record label and produced several records by Hot Water Music and Less Than Jake among others. He’s managed his own design firm and designed things at Playboy and Victory Records, where he was the Creative Director during the mid 90’s. Way before that he was a dishwasher.

Sean currently lives in Tokyo.

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