Joshua Sheridan Fouts is a globally recognized media innovator and social entrepreneur known for his visionary work paving new inroads for meaningful understanding between cultures.
An anthropologist, Joshua studied art and documentary film production. He began his career in Washington, DC in the 1990s where he worked at the US State Department and began to experiment with new ways to use radio, television and Internet technology for cultural collaboration. He went on to launch two first-of-their-kind think tanks focused on digital media innovation and cultural relations at the USC Annenberg School in Los Angeles where he founded the first-ever blog about digital journalism and later created a new master’s degree in public diplomacy.
During his 20-plus years career in international and cultural relations, Joshua has personally worked with the peoples of Malaysia, Africa, and indigenous tribes of the Amazon. He has led or directed various intellectual projects in collaboration with governments and universities in over 20 countries on the planet.
Joshua was raised in the world of arts and social good. His parents spent their entire career running a non-profit dedicated to defend the rights of animals. He has deep familial roots focused on holistic development and the courage to rethink a better future for the world as a whole. Joshua brings this to his work as an executive, social entrepreneur, and a communicator for peace between the diversity of cultures, peoples and living beings on the planet.
In a happy synchronicity at this moment in Joshua's career, he recently rediscovered the autobiography of his maternal great-great grandfather who was an early resident of San Francisco. The autobiography told the story of the challenges of a bold entrepreneur who invested in launching the earliest hydroelectric companies in the Bay Area, and who was an early visionary in defending workers rights. This discovery happened just as the opportunity to join the Bioneers team appeared, precipitating a move back to his roots from New York to San Francisco, just as Bioneers too decided to re-open offices in the Bay Area.
“My personal commitment,” Joshua says, “is to help strengthen peace and collaboration among the unique peoples and countries of the world, always with a deep respect and sensitivity for the diverse cultural modalities of this planet. My dream is to create ways to value and respect humanity’s diverse traditions and heritage in new ways, using new media tools to record these stories for the children of the future to better understand the roots of humanity.
“Bioneers is the great messenger toward this future: A grand humanitarian channel transmitting at the speed of light, rescuing and preserving ancestral stories and sending them directly to the future. The world today is an immense collective unconscious that has become nearly telepathic thanks to the power of digital networks, which provide real-time communication worldwide. And 2014, Bioneers 25th anniversary, will be the year of communication.”