Sean Bonner


Sean Bonner is an author, activist, artist and advocate with deep focus on community independence and distributed (crowd sourced) actions. A prolific and published Street Photographer, he currently spends time helping artists understand blockchains on the community.

In addition to Safecast, he has been an Associate Professor at Keio University in Tokyo and a Researcher at the MIT Media Lab. He previously co-founded the educational organization Coffee Common and the first hackerspace in Los Angeles, Crash Space. In 2014 he became a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow where he co-authored a book called 50 Shades of Green: Reimagining Philanthropy. He has been a contributor to BoingBoing, MAKE, Suicide Girls, Al Jazeera and others. Sean was an Artist In Residence at the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, a Hacker In Residence at Sparkfun in Colorado, and an Entrepreneur In Residence at The Groop in Los Angeles. Previously, as co-founder of Bode Media Inc, Sean helped create Metblogs, the first global network of local media sites. He has been profiled in Cool Hunting and Good Magazine.

Prior to all this, Sean helped build the groundbreaking contemporary art gallery sixspace exhibiting artists such as Glen E. Friedman, Shepard Fairey, Space Invader and others. He ran a record label and his own design firm. Way before that he was a dishwasher.