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John S. Johnson
John Johnson is the founder and chairperson of the Pacific Foundation, which funds innovation in the arts, environment and social justice. He is the chairperson and co-founder of, a startup company that detects and accelerates on-line buzz about interesting topics.

John’s background in the non-profit sector includes conceiving of and founding such well regarded institutions as the Filmmakers Collaborative (the venerable indie film non-profit that has been reborn as a film fund), the Screenwriters Colony, and Eyebeam, a MacArthur and NEA funded, pioneering art and technology center for hackers, artists, and educators that facilitates workshops for the general public, artist residencies and research fellowships.

Recently, John and his wife Susan Short, also an artist, documentarian and naturalist, purchased and renovated an old hotel in Nosara, Costa Rica in an effort to save it from being purchased and developed into a major international commercial-chain facility. The Harmony Hotel is 70% ecologically self-sustainable, providing many competitive jobs and is a successful example of sustainable practices to a very welcoming community. John and Susan publish a local newspaper there and are involved in several literacy, community and environmental programs in the town.

Finally, John is a member of the Henry Crown Fellowship at The Aspen Institute. The program fosters education, reflection and networking for community-spirited leaders who are committed to maintaining ethical corporate and civic governance.

Blog Entries by John S. Johnson

So, You Think You Can Download? New Guide Shows Threat to the Internet, What You Can Do About It

0 Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 2:32 PM

So, you've moved into a new house. Or, maybe you're anxious to watch the next game of your currently victorious MLB team. It might even be that your best friend loaned you the second season of True Blood on DVD and your recently acquired appetite for the undead cannot be...

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When Profit, Freedom, and Creativity Collide

0 Comments | Posted May 20, 2008 | 1:25 AM

Every year, Eyebeam, the arts and technology center I founded, honors someone who helps celebrate or perpetuate freedom and creativity. We do this because freedom and creativity can't be honored enough - and indeed aren't. Anyone involved in art or technology -- anyone trying to do something new -- knows...

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Verizon Doesn't Like Your Politics -- A Taste of a Post-Net-Neutrality World [Updated]

0 Comments | Posted September 27, 2007 | 12:41 PM

Adam Liptak's article in today's New York Times tells a story that will be repeated again and again if the public loses net neutrality to the telecom lobby. NARAL, a pro-choice group that let's its members use text messaging to inform and update its members on pro-choice policy, had its...

Read Post and the Wealth of Networks: Revolutionary Philanthropy with $31 Billion or 25 Bucks

0 Comments | Posted July 2, 2006 | 7:56 PM

Warren Buffett's donation is dominating the front pages, but what about the individual who wants to make a difference even if they don't have billions of dollars to spare? Yochai Benkler's new book, "The Wealth of Networks" is required reading for anyone who wants to see how they can participate...

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