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Hi, I'm Ben Sibelman, a software developer at [http://www.microsoft.com Microsoft] in Redmond, Washington.  This is me with one of my most favorite posters (despite its slight astronomical inaccuracies), which nicely sums up my desire for large-scale, long-term perspective, and one of my favorite T-shirts, which represents my belief in the power of grassroots [[SolSeedMovement|movements]] and [[SolSeedCommunity|communities]] to change the world.  (To hear and read Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot speech shown illegibly in the photo, [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFpFlKy1Pso go here.])
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Hi, I'm Ben Sibelman, an activist, science-fiction writer, and student in the [https://www.hcde.washington.edu/ms Human-Centered Design and Engineering Master's program] at the University of Washington.  This is me with one of my most favorite posters (despite its slight astronomical inaccuracies), which nicely sums up my desire for large-scale, long-term perspective, and one of my favorite T-shirts, which represents my belief in the power of grassroots movements and [[http://www.star-community.org communities]] to change the world.  (To hear and read Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot speech shown illegibly in the photo, [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFpFlKy1Pso go here.])
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Currently, I'm working on the Photos app for [http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/consumer-preview?ocid=O_WOL_W8P_OandO_Home_EN-US Windows 8], which provides a new "[http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57370910-75/why-metro-now-rules-at-microsoft/ Metro]-style" interface for viewing and sharing your favorite "digital memories" or works of photographic art.
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Currently, I'm working on a science fiction novel called ''[[Flight in a Cage]]'' and coauthoring an online political superhero literary serial, [https://saablofton.com/serials/trumpinprison Trump in Prison or Auditioning Evil]. I've also written a number of [[Stories#Ben:|short stories]] and shared them at the annual [[2017 Spring Equinox Storytelling and Sushi Feast|SolSeed Spring Equinox Storytelling and Sushi Feast]].
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My previous employer was the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), which is a bit of a misnomer these days: they sell mapmaking and geographic analysis software to corporations, governments, and other organizations.  Some of this software is used for ecology and conservation work, but I ended up on the team that makes nautical charting software.  Such is life.
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Before starting at UW, I worked as a software engineer for over a decade, starting with two years at the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), which is a bit of a misnomer these days: they sell mapmaking and geographic analysis software to corporations, governments, and other organizations.  Some of this software is used for ecology and conservation work, but I ended up on the team that makes nautical charting software.  But ESRI's CEO, Jack Dangermond, is a fervent environmentalist.  As he is fond of saying, the geographic perspective is a global one, ideal for managing and sustaining the planet we call home.  And that's my perspective, too: I think best on the general, large-scale, long-term level.
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But ESRI's CEO, Jack Dangermond, is a fervent environmentalist.  As he is fond of saying, the geographic perspective is a global one, ideal for managing and sustaining the planet we call home.  And that's my perspective, too: I think best on the general, large-scale, long-term level.
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My goals are very ambitious: I'm hoping to help shape the [[SolSeed Movement]] into what Harvey Mudd Professor [https://www.hmc.edu/hsa/faculty-staff/paul-steinberg/ Paul Steinberg] calls a Thousand-Year Institution, one that could help maintain some of the core principles needed for a truly sustainable civilization.
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My goals are very ambitious: I'm hoping to help shape the [[SolSeed Movement]] into what Harvey Mudd Professor [http://www.hmc.edu/academicsclinicresearch/academicdepartments/humanitiesandsocialsciences1/faculty1/paulsteinberg.html Paul Steinberg] calls a Thousand-Year Institution, one that could help maintain some of the core principles needed for a truly sustainable civilization.
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If you're interested in hiring me for a graphic or UX design project, check out my [https://bensibelman.webflow.io/ online portfolio!].
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You can also check out
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[http://living-worlds.org my website, Living Worlds Productions] (which I haven't updated in ages)
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[http://scifiben.livejournal.com my blog, OpenSpace4Life].
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Revision as of 18:20, 6 January 2022

Hi, I'm Ben Sibelman, an activist, science-fiction writer, and student in the Human-Centered Design and Engineering Master's program at the University of Washington. This is me with one of my most favorite posters (despite its slight astronomical inaccuracies), which nicely sums up my desire for large-scale, long-term perspective, and one of my favorite T-shirts, which represents my belief in the power of grassroots movements and [communities] to change the world. (To hear and read Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot speech shown illegibly in the photo, go here.)

BenSibelman.jpg

Currently, I'm working on a science fiction novel called Flight in a Cage and coauthoring an online political superhero literary serial, Trump in Prison or Auditioning Evil. I've also written a number of short stories and shared them at the annual SolSeed Spring Equinox Storytelling and Sushi Feast.

Before starting at UW, I worked as a software engineer for over a decade, starting with two years at the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), which is a bit of a misnomer these days: they sell mapmaking and geographic analysis software to corporations, governments, and other organizations. Some of this software is used for ecology and conservation work, but I ended up on the team that makes nautical charting software. But ESRI's CEO, Jack Dangermond, is a fervent environmentalist. As he is fond of saying, the geographic perspective is a global one, ideal for managing and sustaining the planet we call home. And that's my perspective, too: I think best on the general, large-scale, long-term level.

My goals are very ambitious: I'm hoping to help shape the SolSeed Movement into what Harvey Mudd Professor Paul Steinberg calls a Thousand-Year Institution, one that could help maintain some of the core principles needed for a truly sustainable civilization.

If you're interested in hiring me for a graphic or UX design project, check out my online portfolio!.

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