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David Evan Harris

Chancellor’s Public Scholar
Haas Business and Public Policy Group
Center for Responsible Business
Center for Social Sector Leadership
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Academic Status: On duty
Office Hours: By appointment, F502
Twitter: @davidevanharris
Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format, Acrobat Reader required)
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University of São Paulo, M.S., Sociology, com distinção e louvor, 2008

Thesis: ‘Você vai me servir’: desigualdade, proximidade e agência nos dois lados do equador

[“You will serve me”: inequality, proximity and agency on both sides of the equator]


University of California, Berkeley, B.A., cum laude, 2003

Major: Political Economy of Development and Environment; Minor: Forest Science


Positions Held

At Haas since 2015

2008 – present, Research Director, Institute for the Future

2003 – present, Executive Director & Founder, Global Lives Project

2012, Visiting Professor, Aalto University, School of Business

2005 – 2007, Producer/Director, Pan South Productions

2000, Confidential Assistant, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President

2000, Intern, White House Council on Environmental Quality

External Service and Assignments

2017 – Advisor, <coding_democracy> (documentary series)

2016 – present, ad hoc reviewer, Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology

2016 – present, Juror, Pacific Art League

2016, Mentor, U.S. State Department Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs / ZERO1, American Arts Incubator

2015 – 2016, Member, Public Art Advisory Committee, City of Palo Alto

2010 and 2015, Artist in Residence, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

2013 – 2014, Co-Principal Investigator, Smithsonian Institution, Consortium for World Cultures

1999 – 2000, Founder & Director, Earth Week UC 2000, Berkeley



International Sociological Association; Visual Sociology Working Group

American Sociological Association; Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology Section

Current Research and Interests

  • Non-profit, non-governmental and civil society organizations
  • Social movements and social media technologies
  • Civic technology platforms, firms and networks; governance
  • Philanthropic innovation and risk-taking; celebrity activism
  • Ethics and discourses of socioeconomic inequality; historical materialism
  • Futures thinking; scenario planning
  • New media art; arts organizations; art funding ecosystems
  • Brazil; Latin America

Selected Papers and Publications

  • “Open Source Government? Fork Me: App4Gov,” in Social Innovation in Practice: 78-87, The Hague: Hivos. 2014.
  • “Catalysts for Change: Visualizing the Horizon of Poverty,” Foresight, 14.6, 450-467, 2012. With Kathi Vian, Matt Chwierut, Tessa Finlev and Maureen Kirchner.
  • “Comment is Free: World Social Forum,” The Guardian, Feb 27, 2011.
  • “Social Issues on the World Stage,” BBC News Business, Feb 14, 2011.
  • The Future of Video: Becoming people of the screen. Palo Alto: Institute for the Future, Special Report #1219, April 2010. With Jake Dunagan.
  • “Alternative Views of the Economic Crisis,” BBC Business News Editorial, Feb 6, 2009.
  • “São Paulo: A City Without Ads,” Adbusters Magazine 15(5), July/August 2007. Republished as “World’s Fourth Largest City Outlaws Billboards, Calls it ‘Visual Pollution’,Alternet, Aug 21, 2007.
  • “Turbulence before Take-Off: Life trajectories spotted en route to a Brazilian runway,” Sarai Reader 06, New Delhi: Center for the Study of Developing Societies, 2006, 480-484. Reprinted in Glimpse Magazine, 6(1): 32-39. Summer 2007.
  • Venezuela’s answer to ‘free trade’: The Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (with Diego Azzi), Bangkok & São Paulo: Focus on the Global South & Hemispheric Social Alliance, Occasional Paper Series #3, 2006. Translated to French and republished as “Alternative bolivarienne pour les Amériques (ALBA): modèle ou chimère?” in Coalitions d’États du Sud: Retour de l’esprit de Bandung? Paris: Editions Syllepse, 2007.


  • Social Movements & Social Media (UGBA 192AC)
  • Civic Technology and the Social Media President (UGBA 39E)
  • Scenario Planning & Futures Thinking (EWMBA 277)
  • We Innovate – Mid-Program Academic Retreat (EWMBA 293)

Honors and Awards

  • 2017, David Eckles Fund for Diversity and Social Impact, Haas School of Business. $5,000.
  • 2016, Official Selection, New York Film Festival, Film Society of Lincoln Center. Lives in Transit.
  • 2015, American Cultures Engaged Scholarship (ACES) Course Development Grant and Course Grant, UC Berkeley. For teaching of UGBA 192AC: Social Movements & Social Media. $6,000.
  • 2012 – 2014, National Endowment for the Arts, Media Arts Grants. Three awards to support Global Lives Project: Lives in Transit and Expansion of Interactive Virtual Video Library. Principal Artist. Total awarded $190,000.
  • 2013 – 2014, Smithsonian Institution, Consortium for World Cultures. Global Lives / Global Voices workshop, in collaboration with National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH), National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), and the Long Now Foundation (LNF). Co-PI with Joshua Bell (PI-NMNH), Ruth Rouvier (NMNH), Michael Mason (CFCH), Joe Horse Capture (NMAI), Laura Welcher (LNF). $20,000.
  • 2008 – 2014, Adobe Foundation Arts & Creativity Grants. Funding received for Global Lives Project filmmaking, education programs and web development. Total awarded: $155,000.
  • 2014, Interactive Media Award, Outstanding Achievement: Non-Profit. For Global Lives Project.
  • 2013, American Institute of Graphic Arts, (Re)design Award. Honors those whose achievements in design and design education inspire and advance the profession. For collaboration between Method and Global Lives Project.
  • 2012, Brand New Award. For collaboration between Method and Global Lives Project.
  • 2010, Christensen Fund. For Global Lives Project website and filmmaker community outreach. $20,000.
  • 2010, Long Now Foundation. For Global Lives Project exhibit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
  • 2010, Burwen Education Foundation, 2010. For Global Lives Project exhibition and education programs.
  • 2007, Black Rock Arts Foundation. Funding to support Global Lives Project video production in India, China, Indonesia and Malawi.
  • 2005, Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship. For graduate studies at the University of São Paulo. $25,000.

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