James Felton Keith is an award winning engineer economist and published author specializing in the ethnography of technology and economic inclusion. JFK is the founder of the NTGR8.org platform and Personal Data Project, an initiative by the Keith Institute that combines data analytics and data base technologies like blockchain to offer the first free and secure place for individuals to validate the notion that “they have intrinsic value”, through their personal ownership of copies of individual data.
JFK is also Co-founder of IBM Watson backed FinTech (financial technology) firm Accrue Inc. which has built the AlmanacTM for predictive analysis of the financial markets across every asset class. Ushering in an “era of insights through truth in data, and distributing value to the total human population” are his core drivers. He was the first CEO of @LGBTchamber, and has succeeded in introducing workplace equality and supplier diversity policies into many global corporations through the LGBT+A [Ally] Chamber of Commerce. JFK was also noted as having established the first LGBT pride games at all 4 major sports franchises in a single American city, his native Detroit, and was an inaugural LGBT advisory board at the Democratic National Committee.
Over the course of the past 15 years Keith has held leadership and consulting roles in government, non-profit, start-ups, and large multinationals including City of Detroit Mayor’s Office, Sapiens, Hewlett-Packard, Eskom Holdings, and DaimlerChrysler to name a few. While faculty at Michigan State University in 2011 at the Land Policy Institute, Common Ground published the second of a 2 book series titled Integrationalism which is the notion that we are all connected at the subatomic level. His writing explored the ethical implications of string-field-theory and it’s affects on our political economic social and technological (PEST) future. He is more noted in speeches for a theory of “portable value” which identified value as being like that of energy; it cannot be created nor destroyed, but can change form.
Keith is a well known thought leader in transhumanist and technoprogressive circles including the Institute of Ethics and Emerging Technologies, World Future Society, Humanity+, Lifeboat Foundation, and as a former editor of the Journal of Religion & Society. In 2013 he re-established his philanthropic and research efforts under the Keith Institute to focus on economic and educational inclusion. His efforts have been recently honored by: United Kingdom Trade & Investment FinTech Delegation, IBM Global Entrepreneurs, Department of Homeland Security Border Patrol, Corp! Magazine’s Salute to Diversity, Network Journal’s 40under40 among others.