Biz Stone co-founded twitter, has been named by Time Magazine as one of the top most influential people in the world, and has spent his career pioneering new means for creating connections and collaboration between people (“About Biz Stone”). Biz recently started his own company called The Obvious Corporation which specializes in providing collaborative solutions to their clients.
Biz’s blog made me believe that he would be a good technology speaker for Bucknell. The blog catalogs interesting studies and projects done in both sciences and social sciences and comments on them insightfully. In one post, Biz outlines a study in which it is found that Bees are capable of pessimistic judgments after catastrophic events and then comments on similarities to financial markets (“Honeybees and Investors”). Biz’s thesis is that technology can provide humans the tools to work together to more effectively impact our societies, and that through these collaborations we can create value from which everyone can benefit (“About Biz Stone”). Twitter is an excellent example of Biz’s thesis coming to fruition because it played a pivotal in the recent power shifts in both Egypt and Tunisia by creating a platform which connected many previously unconnected people. I find this thesis to be compelling and I think it could be appealing across majors at Bucknell, because of the way it simultaneously addresses technology, business, and social issues.