What challenge does Esther Dyson not take on? Most lately, that includes private aviation and space as well as in health care (as a director of 23andMe, a consumer genetics company).
She is also founder of at HICCup – Way to Wellville, the first project of HICCup.co [Health Initiative Coordinating Council]]. It’s a contest to create and measure the impact of broad community-wide health-production programs (not just “care”) in five small communities across the US. It comprises five places, five metrics (e.g. per capita health costs, transitions to diabetes, high-school graduation rates), five years. The premise is that interacting, critical-density programs will have a visible impact that one-off interventions don’t achieve.
Beyond that, she spend most of her time exploring new space, health and IT start-ups and technologies, writing about them and actively (and with full disclosure) investing in some of them. Board seats include 23andMe, Eventful, Luxoft, Meetup, PA Consulting, Personal Inc., Voxiva, XCOR, WPP Group, Yandex. Also Long Now Foundation, Sunlight Foundation, Personal Genome Project, WEF Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship.
She does spend a lot of time traveling – occasionally into space – but New York is world headquarters.
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