About

The Knowledge Futures Group, founded as a partnership between the MIT Press and MIT Media Lab, builds and sustains technology for the production, curation, and preservation of knowledge in service of the public good.

Our Values

Accessibility

We believe that for infrastructure to be relevant and competitive, it must be simple and inexpensive to deploy and use. Our networks, tools, and advocacy focus on lowering the time, technical, and cost barriers to participation – and on including everyone in the knowledge ecosystem.

Community Driven

We believe that bringing researchers and institutions closer to the infrastructure they use is the key to durable change. Our projects deploy community-driven practices to solve real problems.

Sustainability

We believe that infrastructure must have a plan for long-term sustainability in order to be reliable. Through a diversity of consortium partnerships, philanthropic donations, and revenue-generating models, we craft a robust sustainability landscape. We focus on developing business models that foster sustainable infrastructure.

Our Team

The KFG is powered by partners dedicated to stewarding healthy and equitable knowledge futures. The core team brings experience from academy, industry, and advocacy. The theory of change we follow consists of diverse, bottom-up contributions from our partners and our community at large. We strive to move stewardship of key knowledge infrastructure towards institutions whose missions align with the interests of the public.

Catherine Ahearn
Catherine Ahearn
Head of Content
Amy Brand
Amy Brand
Board Chair
MIT Press, Director
Quincy Childs
Quincy Childs
Editorial Assistant
Terry Ehling
Terry Ehling
Board Member
MIT Press, Director for Strategic Initiatives
Joel Gustafson
Joel Gustafson
Software Engineer
Protocol Labs, Independent Researcher
Danny Hillis
Danny Hillis
Underlayer
Deepak Jagdish
Deepak Jagdish
Design Lead
Peter Kaufman
Peter Kaufman
Strategic Development
MIT
SJ Klein
SJ Klein
Underlayer
Board Member
Jessica Polka
Jessica Polka
Affiliate
ASAPBio, Executive Director
Ian Reynolds
Ian Reynolds
Software Engineer
Travis Rich
Travis Rich
Executive Director
Board Member
Heather Staines
Heather Staines
Head of Partnerships
Gabe Stein
Gabe Stein
Head of Operations
Board Member
Zach Verdin
Zach Verdin
Strategic Development Manager

Partners and Funders

MIT Press
MacArthur Foundation
Protocol Labs
Reid Hoffman
Sloan Foundation
Siegel Family Foundation

Contributors

Thomas Renkert
Thomas Renkert
Heidelberg University
Sarah Schwettmann
Sarah Schwettmann
MIT Brain & Cognitive Sciences
James Weis
James Weis
MIT Media Lab

Alumni

Travis Cohen
Travis Cohen
Sarah Kearns
Sarah Kearns
Jabari King
Jabari King