Professor, Art History, History, Columbia University; Contributing Editor, Financial Times
Co-Founder, Sudden Compass, Global Tech Ethnographer
Simon Schama is the author of seventeen books and the writer-presenter of fifty documentaries on art, history and literature for BBC2. His art criticism for The New Yorker won the National Magazine Award for criticism in 1996, his film on Bernini from “The Power of Art” won an Emmy in 2007, and his series on British history and “The American Future: A History” each earned Broadcast Critics Guild awards. He won the NCR nonfiction prize for “Citizens,” National Book Critics Circle award for “Rough Crossings,” and the WH Smith Literary Award for “Landscape and Memory.” This year he received the Premio Antonio Feltrinelli in historical sciences from the Accademia nazionale dei Lincei in Rome.
Schama writes on cooking and food for GQ, fashion for Harpers Bazaar and on everything else for the Financial Times. He curated the Government Art Collection show “Travelling Light” at the Whitechapel Gallery in London and has collaborated with Anselm Kiefer, John Virtue and Cecile B. Evans on contemporary art exhibitions and installations. His “The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words” was published in 2015 and the second volume, “When Words Fail,” will appear in 2017. In the autumn of 2016, “The Face of Britain,” a history of British portraiture, appeared as a five-part BBC television series, a book, and an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. He is currently working on “Civilisations,” a television history of world art.
Tricia Wang is a global technology ethnographer and co-founder of Sudden Compass, a consulting, research, and training firm working with organizations that use data to understand people. Recognized as a leading authority on social media, youth, human-centered design, and Chinese internet culture, Wang’s work and points of view have been featured in “The Atlantic,” “Al Jazeera,” “Fast Company,” “Makeshift” and “Wired.” A sought-after speaker, she has given talks at conferences such as Lift, Strata, Webstock, and South by Southwest. She has also spoken at Wrigley, P&G, Nike, 21st Century Fox, Tumblr and various investment firms.
With more than 15 years experience working with designers, engineers, and scientists, Wang has a particular interest in designing human-centered systems. She advises corporations and startups on integrating Big Data and what she calls Thick Data—data brought to light using digital age ethnographic research methods that uncover emotions, stories and meaning—to improve strategy, policy, products and services. Organizations she has worked with include P&G, Nokia, GE, Kickstarter, the United Nations and NASA. She recently finished an expert-in-residency at IDEO where she extended and amplified IDEO’s impact in design research.
Wang has a BA in communication and PhD in sociology from UC San Diego. She holds affiliate positions at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). She is also a Fulbright Fellow and National Science Foundation Fellow where she is the first Western scholar to work with China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) in Beijing, China.
Wang began her career as a documentary filmmaker, an HIV/AIDS activist, a hip-hop education advocate, and a technology educator in low-income communities. She has worked across four continents; her life philosophy is that you have to go to the edge to discover what’s really happening.
She is currently writing a book about the emotional effects of the internet on Chinese citizens.