Welcome to my blog.
I’m a technologist, journalist, activist, musician, and social entrepreneur. When I’m not feeding my social media addiction, hanging with my family, or evangelizing the open-source Drupal platform, you can find me here spouting off about politics, technology, the media, and any number of tools, ideas, trends, and people that are pointing the way toward a world that works for all.
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Curious about the name of this blog? “Foglio” is Italian for “leaf” — as in a leaf of paper, not a plant. There’s more on where the nickname came from here.
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SHORT (57 words):
Leif Utne is a social technologist, journalist, musician and social entrepreneur. A passionate advocate for the open-source movement, when Leif isn’t on the clock as VP of Business Development at DrupalSquad and our parent company Warecorp, he is a tireless advocate for using commons-based approaches to solving societal problems. Prior to joining us, he led marketing and sales for a variety of online media startups, including QuantumShift TV and Worldchanging.com, and spent eight years as online editor at Utne Reader magazine. He is a board member of The UpTake, an award-winning online video citizen journalism network. He lives on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle, Washington. His super power: jazz flute.
MEDIUM (141 words):
Leif Utne is a social media evangelist, journalist, activist and musician. By day, he works as VP of Community Development at Zanby, maker of a groundbreaking enterprise-class white-label social business platform. Utne helps bring this unique community software platform to the world of mission-driven businesses, nonprofits, and governments. Lately, he has been helping to wire the climate movement, building a shared platform for mobilizing millions of grassroots climate activists. Utne also serves as a board member of The UpTake, a video citizen journalism project named by the Center for Public Integrity as the top political website of 2008. He has a rich background in journalism, social marketing, social media and online community strategy, including stints as VP Marketing at QuantumShift TV, publisher of Worldchanging.com, and eight years as online editor at Utne Reader magazine. He lives on Bainbridge Island, near Seattle.
LONG (426 words):
Leif Utne is a technologist, journalist, activist, musician and social media evangelist. As VP of Community Development at Zanby, he brings a rich background in journalism, social marketing, group facilitation and online community strategy.
At Zanby, Utne helps to bring this groundbreaking social media platform to the world of mission-driven nonprofits, social enterprises, and governments. Like other social networking tools, Zanby allows organizations to create groups for their members/customers/employees. Whats unique about Zanby is its “group families” architecture, which enables companies and organizations to efficiently manage groups of related groups.
Before joining Zanby, Leif was VP of Marketing at Calgary, Alberta-based startup QuantumShift TV, a solution-oriented Web video network, where monthly traffic grew under his tenure from zero to over 90,000 monthly video streams.
Prior to QuantumShift, Leif was Publisher of Worldchanging.com, managing business development for this award-winning online magazine, one of the most widely-read blogs about sustainable design and innovation. Leif was also a contributor to the site’s popular 2006 book, Worldchanging: A User’s Guide for the 21st Century.
Before Worldchanging, Leif spent eight years in Minneapolis at Utne Reader, the acclaimed magazine founded in 1983 by his father, Eric Utne. There, he wore a variety of hats including staff writer, online editor, and co-director of the Webby award-winning online community Café Utne. In 2000, Leif cofounded Utne Communities, a consultancy providing white-label online community solutions for various clients in the media, arts, and education sectors. In 2006, he launched the magazine’s UtneCast podcast, a biweekly interview show featuring independent perspectives on politics, culture and ideas.
Leif speaks and writes frequently on topics like social technology, media reform, dialogue, activism, sustainable business and Latin American politics. He has presented as both a panelist and keynoter at dozens of conferences, including Media that Matters, Web of Change, PlaNetwork, Bioneers, Journalism that Matters, NTEN, American Institute of Architects, Society of Professional Journalists, the Tallberg Forum and many others. In 2001, he was named a “New Media Hero” by AlterNet.org, and his article “Don’t Cry for Argentina” was picked as one of Project Censored’s Top 25 Underreported Stories of 2003.
In 2004, Leif cofounded the Let’s Talk America project, a nationwide dialogue initiative aimed at healing the political chasm in the United States through conversations that bridge ideological divides.
Leif has served on numerous non-profit boards, including most recently The UpTake, a video citizen journalism project named by the Center for Public Integrity as the top political website of 2008.
Leif lives in a cohousing community on Bainbridge Island, WA, with his wife, Cilla, and their son, Mateo.