David Galiel, CEO & Producer at Elbowfish, has been at the forefront of the online revolution for more than two decades, since becoming one of the first private citizens with an Internet account in 1989. During that time, he has worn many different hats—literally and figuratively.

From 2007 through 2010, David served as New Media Advisor to AIDS.gov, the central resource for HIV/AIDS information & education operated by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

In 2008, working with the Artists Foundation, David Galiel led development of Stand Up And Be Counted, the first-in-the-nation, state-wide online census/survey of over 3,400 working artists. The Stand Up And Be Counted Report [PDF] was released on Nov. 4, 2009

In 2009, for Beyond War‘s board of directors, he developed a long-range strategic plan for international growth, with an emphasis on the use of new media tools for communication, collaboration and support of a decentralized, grass-roots organization. In February 2010, Beyond War hired Galiel to serve as Executive Director for this global peace education organization until April 2011.

Galiel has provided online strategy and web development services to Congressional and Senate campaigns and grass-roots advocacy groups across the United States, crafted an interactive media strategy for a major environmental motion picture project, and helped develop a new online distribution system for independent game developers.

Galiel’s web development services and support has extended to select, socially responsible businesses, including Trillium Asset Management Corporations the nation’s largest and oldest socially-responsible investment firm.

David specializes in providing timely, objective, frank yet constructive feedback, insightful analysis and actionable recommendations based on decades of experience and independent research.

His skills include:

  • leadership and management of complex, multidisciplinary projects;
  • strategic organizational consulting;
  • training, public speaking, writing and editing, with an emphasis on comprehensibility, humor and accessibility.

In addition to his consulting work, he conducts regularly sold-out talks and workshops on new media tools and technologies. In recent years he has provided training and presented at the Public Policy Institute, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, The Medical Foundation, the Say Yes Institute, Youth At Risk, and others.

He was a featured speaker at the American Marketing Association NonProfit Group, the Massachusetts Interactive Media Council, the Enterprise Institute and many other venues.

Galiel founded the nonprofit, open source creative studio, Public Interest Entertainment Corporation (PIECORP), to apply his theory of social architecture to create online collaborative creativity tools and fun virtual worlds that promote civic participation, non-violent conflict resolution, and critical thinking. In this capacity, he assembled a partnership with public broadcasting, educators, game developers and academicians and led development of an initiative to use new media to transform public education.

He has served on the board of directors of Project:Think Different (now amplifyme) and the Rebel Shakespeare Company, and directed the Boston Computer Society Virtual Reality Group, MMIC ArtWorks and the Digital Forum. David was a member of the Creative Economy Task Force, and served on the executive committee of the Creative Economy Association of the North Shore, the nation’s first organization dedicated to nurturing and representing the interests of the creative economy. He is co-founder and board member of ArtistsAlliance.us, a new national organization helping artists of all disciplines help themselves on national, regional, state and local levels.

David currently serves as an advisor to social entrepreneurial venture trovi.co and to the nonprofit, Chicktech and is a Board Member/Executive Committee Member of the City of Beaverton Committee for Citizen Involvement. He is also organizer of the Pétanque-Pétanque Meetup and was co-organizer  and co-founder of Portland Games for Change.

As author of A Lever Long Enough: Value-driven enterprise in the networked information economy (published 2004), an oft-cited discussion of the implications of applying open source principles to other areas of human endeavor in a post-capitalist economy, David Galiel was an invited participant in 2007’s Union Square Sessions 3: Hacking Philanthropy.

Earlier work: In the early 1990’s, Galiel co-founded two multimedia companies and sold one. In the mid-90‘s, he built a successful web consulting practice, with offices in Boston and Manhattan and a client list including AT&T, Fujitsu, Anderson & Lembke, BYTE, and others. In 1997, he was recruited by Kaon Interactive to be executive producer of Terra, a groundbreaking, massively-multiplayer online (MMO) virtual world game. In 2000, he founded Planetary Arts, the first commercial entertainment company dedicated to developing socially constructive online games.

Beginning in 2001, David focused on helping service, advocacy, grass-roots and government organizations to develop new media strategies, to manage change and build resilience, and to incorporate ethical gamification features to enhance communication, collaboration and community building.

He currently resides in Portland, Oregon, where he and his daughter have co-founded Elbowfish, a triple-bottom line game studio. Elbowfish designs, develops and publishes meaningful games with a local sensibility, featuring Portland-area artists.