Dr. David Dixon has an MA in Sociology from Stanford University focusing on issues of politics, class, race, and technology, an MS in Management Science & Engineering, and a Ph.D. from Stanford focusing on humans and technology. His doctoral work in Silicon Valley focused on how we work with technology, protect our humanity, and best put ourselves in situations to be brilliant. His articles have trended globally and been selected for professional audio recording, translation, and republication internationally. In college he was the editor for the Honor Program magazine "Insight." He also currently has multiple academic articles in process at top academic journals.
David was a co-founder of the Sunlight Society, a coalition of top scholars around the globe focusing on the effects of echo chambers and algorithms on society. He also spent two years embedded with the team of engineers building the world's first 3D printed production car. He has served as advisor and on the boards of numerous non-profits, and has engaged in extensive research and advisory trips for organizations across Mainland China, Kenya, Israel, and Taiwan. He was also an ethnographic consultant for the Uros people on the "Floating Islands" of Lake Titicaca in Peru.
Previous to his academic career he was an entrepreneur, starting multiple businesses including an award-winning Massage Therapy Clinic and Oxygen Bar. He spent much of his childhood living below the poverty line. His life experience pulls from the extremes. He has lived for years in both one of top five most liberal counties in the United States and one of the five most conservative. He ran large Section 8 low-income housing projects in Boston and the Mountain West and later created an educational web series with billionaires while his children raised goats in one of the richest school districts in the US. It's been a ride.
David writes about societal upheavals in technology, politics, class, and race from the vantage of the cutting edge in social science. His research also carries over into how to make modern work & careers more humane while fostering creativity and radical innovation. As a professor, he has created courses on management, entrepreneurship, and the history of race in America.