James Felton Keith is an award winning engineer economistand published author specializing in the ethnography of technology and economicinclusion. JFK is the founder of the Personal Data Project’s NTGR8 platform andconference series, an initiative by the Keith Institute to advocate and implementthe individual ownership of personal transactional data.
JFK is also Co-founder of IBM Watson backed FinTech (financialtechnology) firm Accrue Inc. which has built the AlmanacTM forpredictive analysis of the financial markets across every asset class. Usheringin “an era of insights through truth in data, and distributing value to thetotal human population” are his core drivers. In 2016 he Co-Founded the firstQueer Internet TV Network, Slay. TV.In 2014 he was the first CEO of @LGBTchamber, and has succeeded in introducingworkplace equality and supplier diversity policies into many globalcorporations through the LGBT+A [Ally] Chamber of Commerce. JFK was also notedas having established the first LGBT pride games at all 4 major sportsfranchises in a single American city, his native Detroit, and was an inauguralLGBT advisory board at the Democratic National Committee.
Over the course of the past 15 years Keith has heldleadership and consulting roles in government, non-profit, start-ups, and largemultinationals including City of Detroit Mayor’s Office, Sapiens, Hewlett-Packard,Eskom Holdings, and DaimlerChrysler to name a few. While faculty at MichiganState University in 2011 at the Land Policy Institute, Common Ground publishedthe second of a 2 book series titled Integrationalism which establishes the notionthat we are all connected at the subatomic level. His writing explored theethical implications of string-field-theory and it’s affects on our politicaleconomic social and technological (PEST) future. He is more noted in speechesfor a theory of “portable value” which identifies value as being like that ofenergy; it cannot be created nor destroyed, but can change form.
Keith is a well known though leader in transhumanist andtechnoprogressive circles including the Institute of Ethics and EmergingTechnologies, World Future Society, Humanity+, Lifeboat Foundation, and as aformer editor of the Journal of Religion & Society. In 2013 here-established his philanthropic and research efforts under the Keith Instituteto focus on economic and educational inclusion. His efforts have been recently honoredby: The USA Department of Homeland Security Border Patrol, United Kingdom Trade& Investment FinTech Delegation, IBM, Corp! Magazine’s Salute to Diversity,Network Journal, Money 20/20, & The White House to name a few.