Stowe’s calling is the economics, politics and ecology of work in a time of accelerating uncertainty in society, business and our lives.
Stowe Boyd has been studying work and the tools we use to adapt to the future for the past three decades. He is the chief scientist of Work Futures, a research group. In the past, he was the head of research at Gigaom, president of the social media pioneer Corante, a software entrepreneur, a computer scientist and a magazine columnist.
Stowe coined the terms ‘hashtag,’ ‘work management,’ ‘social tools,’ ‘publicy’ and ‘spreadbase.'
He is editor and chief contributor to the Work Futures newsletter, and a contributor to numerous publications, such as Wired, Chronogram, the Highlands Current, Reworked and Sunsama. He served as an advisor to dozens of companies and organizations, such as the Pew Research Center, Microsoft, the Internet Archive, and Google, to name just a few. Stowe was a member of the Boston University Alumni Board, and a national lecturer for the Association for Computing Machinery.
Stowe has presented at many dozens of conferences over the past 30 years, including Reboot, Shift, Next Web, Meaning, C2 and Viva Technology.
Stowe holds a BS in natural sciences and mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), and a MS in computer science from Boston University, where he also served as a lecturer in computer science.
Stowe holds a black belt in Shito Ryu Karate.
He has over 250 stitches in his head, mostly from brain surgery.