Bio – Andrew Nachison
President, Executive Director & Co-Founder, iFOCOS
Andrew is an internationally recognized expert on media, technology and cultural trends. He is a writer and online publishing veteran who learned from remarkable teachers: the art of fiction from novelist Frank McCourt, computer programming from BASIC creator John Kemeney, and social activism from Pacific island nuclear testing witness and author David Bradley. He has reported and edited for The Associated Press; written for The New York Times, Infoworld, Audubon and other magazines; managed one of the world’s most ambitious small-market newspaper Web sites, lawrence.com; played clarinet at Tanglewood and Carnegie Hall; studied wildlife, development and environmental policy in Kenya; spoken on media convergence and business strategies in Asia and Europe; and currently serves on the advisory boards of the World Editors’ Forum, The Enthusiasts Group LLC, and NewsTrust.
Prio to launching iFOCOS he was director of The Media Center at the American Press Institute. Andrew has led dozens of symposia, seminars and executive forums on media convergence, media business development, emerging technology and other facets of the connected society, and he co-conceived and executed The Media Center’s 2003 merger with another media futures think tank, New Directions for News, creating a global network of researchers, thinkers and doers who contributed to the research, dialog and findings that guide his current trend watching explorations and client engagements around the world.
Andrew has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, as an online news editor and general manager, he founded the interactive media consultancy Nach Media, and taught journalism and new media at Indiana University. He has published one piece of short fiction, written many others (at nach.com) and swears there’s more to come. He earned a BA in philosophy at Dartmouth College and lives with his wife and two sons in Reston, Virginia.