July 09, 2012

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone will speak Oct. 23 at Bucknell

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By Andy Hirsch

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Twitter co-founder, social entrepreneur and one of TIME's most influential people in the world, Biz Stone, will speak at Bucknell University on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

Stone will be one of the featured speakers in the new Bucknell Forum series "tech/no." The series will focus on the evolution of technology's role in society, and its potential to impact the world in both positive and negative ways. The event is free and open to the public.

After working at Google early in his career, Stone moved on to help create Twitter, which launched in 2006. Now more than 140 million active users send an estimated 340 million Tweets every day. Twitter is used by people in virtually every country around the world, and beyond. It has become a powerful tool credited with affecting such events as the uprisings for democracy in the Middle East's "Arab Spring."

Stone was named one of TIME's most influential people in the world in 2009. He was also named Entrepreneur of the Decade by Inc. Magazine and in 2010 Vanity Fair named him one of the top 10 most influential people of the information age. Stone won the 2010 International Center for Journalism Innovation Award.

In what he calls 'a dream come true,' Stone recently helped relaunch The Obvious Corporation, a company that aims to help identify problems that people can help solve through innovation on the Internet. Stone and his wife, Livia, were named a Huffington Post Game Changer for their work and impact in the field of public service. Together, the couple operates The Biz and Livia Stone Foundation supporting education and conservation in California. Stone is also an adviser to several companies and organizations and a visiting scholar at various universities.

The Bucknell Forum
"tech/no" embraces technology and its perils and promises. The series, which will run through four semesters, aims to stir discussion about the pros and cons of technology, its benefits and damages, its legitimate promises and false panaceas, and its capacity to satisfy human need and desire even as it can bring risk and danger.

The Forum's second event will include a special performance of "Un/real and Un/true: 'The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs'" starring Alex Lyras, Class of 1993. The performance will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Trout Auditorium of the Vaughan Literature Building.

Continuing in the spring semester, the Forum series will host a talk by Rebecca Skloot, author of the best-selling book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, on Feb. 6 in Trout Auditorium. Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, will give the talk, "The Brave New World of the 'New Media,'" Feb. 19, in the Weis Center.

Speakers are being sought to explore how technology has affected a range of areas, which might include social change, human relationships, culture, politics, medicine, science, the environment, globalization, education, journalism, business and more. Suggestions for speakers can be sent to theforum@bucknell.edu.

Contact: Division of Communications