Armchair Revolutionary: Crowdsourcing Global Social Change
Ariel Hauter and Ori Neidich
Tuesday, September 30, 12:30PM
Berkman Conference Room, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA
We all want to make the world a better place but we're discouraged from giving money and volunteer time to charities due to several layers of obstacles: transparency, efficacy, information overload and lack of feedback. Armchair Revolutionary is a new initiative and web tool being launched by the founders of The Hollywood Hill to solve these key issues and engage the general public in championing hundreds of tipping-point social change projects around the globe.
Ariel Hauter is co-founder and executive director of The Hollywood Hill. Prior to co-founding and heading up The Hollywood Hill, an entertainment industry social change membership organization, Ariel worked at United Talent Agency (UTA), one of the premier Hollywood talent agencies, where he trained under the co-head of the motion picture literary department and assisted in the representation of more than a dozen A-list directors such as Chris Nolan (Batman Begins, Memento), and Tom Shadyac (Ace Ventura, Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar, The Nutty Professor). Prior to that position, he trained under other top agents in the motion picture literary and indy film packaging division, assisting in the representation of dozens of A-list writers, directors, actors, and producers including Alan Ball (writer of American Beauty, creator of Six Feet Under) and Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me If You Can, Rush Hour 2). Before moving to Los Angeles, he worked as an e-commerce specialist at Internet venture capital firm CMGi, moving on to assist in the expansion of the Experience Design division of Internet consulting firm Zefer, Inc. in Boston. Preceding his work in the Internet, he was co-owner of a product design & consulting firm, Tiles & Christiansen, Ltd., managing clients such as Barney's NY, Four Seasons Hotels and Donna Karan Home Fashions. He attended Clark University where he studied International Economies, and attended high school at North Carolina School of the Arts (at North Carolina University) where he trained in ballet under the direction of Duncan Noble of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.
Ori Neidich is co-founder and chief technical officer of The Hollywood Hill. In addition to his work as Technical Director at DreamWorks Animation SKG, Ori is also the creator and Co-Executive Producer of Tiger Team on TruTV. For over fifteen years Ori has been a key player behind many seminal web startups and brings his Silicon Valley acumen to The Hollywood Hill in an era when social action requires flawless technologies in order to be well-executed. His career has included several years at the pioneering visual effects studio Digital Domain, building the world's first non-military funded web site in 1993 and graduating as an award-winning filmmaker from the prestigious UCLA School of Film & Television.
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