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Richard P. Adler

Civic Ventures

Richard Adler is Vice-President for Research & Development at Civic Ventures in San Francisco. He has been a nationally recognized leader in the fields of technology and aging for more than a decade.

From 1997 to 2004, Richard was principal of People & Technology, an independent consulting firm in Silicon Valley that focused on developing strategies for new markets and new products. His clients included InfoWorld, Fujitsu, the Japan Research Institute, Microsoft, MetLife, Procter & Gamble, Verizon, and Xerox PARC.

From 1990 to 1997, Richard was Vice President for Development at SeniorNet, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to provide adults aged 55 and older with access to computer and telecommunication skills. At SeniorNet, Richard conducted the first national survey of computer use by older adults, launched the organization's first Web site, and developed and directed an award-winning project that enabled older adults to participate in online discussions of important national issues.

Before joining SeniorNet, Richard was a director at the Institute for the Future, where he led a research program in new information services. At IFTF, he was a pioneer in anticipating and exploring the implications of the emergence of computer-based online services as a mass medium. Sponsors of his research at IFTF included Aetna, American Express, Apple Computer, AT&T, Chase Manhattan, Gannett, IBM, and Kodak and the National Science Foundation. Richard has also taught communications at Stanford and UCLA, was a Research Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and was Associate Director of the Aspen Institute Program on Communications and Society.

Richard has written and spoken extensively about the future of information and communications technologies. His publications include The Age Wave Meets the Tech-nology Wave: Broadband and Older Americans (SeniorNet, 2002); Telecommunications 2011 (Penn State Institute for Information Studies, 2001); Information Literacy: Advancing Opportunities for Learning in the Digital Age (The Aspen Institute, 1999); and Media Use by Older Adults: Television, Computers and the Internet (Seniors Media Lab, 1998).

Richard holds a BA from Harvard, an MA from the University of California at Berkeley, and an MBA from the McLaren School of Business at the University of San Francisco.


Biography last updated August 1, 2005