Esther Dyson

Founder; Wellville
Esther Dyson is executive founder of Wellville (@WaytoWellville), a 10-year project to nudge society towards long-term thinking and equity by showing the social and financial value of investing in health for all. A longtime tech analyst and investor, Esther is now exploring the etiology of addiction and the path to both individual and institutional behavior change. She advocates broad policies such as putting externalities into pricing, including taxing sugar and subsidizing care work (nurses, child care workers, gym teachers, prison guards, etc.).

Reflecting her own long-term interest in identity, privacy and transparency, she is also a trustee of The Commons Project (, whose first big project is CommonHealth, a platform for for managing health-related data with a transparent, validated supply including both rigorously informed consent from individuals volunteering their data and rigorously vetted third parties who apply to use it.

She was already thinking about these issues in the last century (1996), when she wrote “Release 2.0: A design for living in the digital age,” published by Broadway Books.

Esther's Session:

Wednesday, June 24 | 10:00 - 10:50 am
Fireside Chat: You Don’t Really Own Your Identity

Identiverse is the place to go for all things Identity!

— Anonymous