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About kthread

Audience development specialist, manager, senior producer, editor, mobile app founder, professor, digital storyteller for global media and technology companies with 15 years of experience.

Kristen Taylor led community and partnership strategy for Season Two of Serial podcast.

She was a senior producer for Al Jazeera’s Emmy-winning documentary series Fault Lines, and was on staff with Knight Foundation, PBS, PopTech, and Huffington Post.

She has consulted for BBC America, Fusion, Global Voices, the Future of Storytelling Summit, Bonnaroo Music Festival, National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Storythings, and is a collaborator with Everybody at Once.

She is the founder and editor of Saucy, a print magazine about relationships and food, and the founder of Galvanize.us, a social geocaching mobile application. Her doctoral research examines networks and transactional spaces of currency, shelter, and food, and she has taught courses on community narrative design at ITP, the NYU graduate school of coding and theory within the Tisch School of the Arts.

Kristen Taylor kthread headshot

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Saucy Magazine

I am the founder and editor of Saucy Magazine, an independent print publication about food and relationships.

Saucy Magazine by kthread

Galvanize

I founded Galvanize in 2010, a geolocative mobile application for friends to hide and find real gifts for each other. Hiring and working with a full-time developer and part-time designer, I bootstrapped this app and managed user experience from conception to launch to version 2 in six months (iTunes link).

Galvanize app

I chose to turn down funding and walk away from this fun app that features playful graphics and appeals to children and adults, making the world a treasure map. After being presented to a 1000+ audience at New York Tech Meetup (NYTM), TechCocktail introduced the app at its event this way; “Galvanize introduces a game that makes hiding and finding real gifts with your friends an addictive exercise.”

PopTech

As the first Director of Community for PopTech (2009-10), I made #poptech a Twitter trending topic during the 2009 conference, managed a team of internal and external bloggers and contributors, and was part of the PopTech Social Innovation Fellows Faculty.

PopTech Fellows Faculty

Knight Foundation

As the Knight Foundation‘s first Online Community Manager, I launched niche community site Knight Pulse for nerds obsessed with news delivery in November 2008. I managed site production and programmed all content (directing, editing, writing), including twenty-seven videos in an original video interview series on the future of news (in this example video, Hacker-Journalist Brian Boyer).

I also launched a community site for Knight in support of their yearly $5 Million Knight News Challenge called the News Challenge Garage. From idea to launch in the month of August 2008, the Garage saw 1,600 users and 445 projects find team members and receive feedback from Garage ‘mentors’ and each other in ten weeks of activity until the contest closed.

I spoke about the site (and sometimes about videoblogging) on the foundation’s behalf often in fall 2008.

And explored new partnerships for the foundation, including the Knight Pulse/GOOD Community Leader Fellowships in Los Angeles.

PBS

As well as being on the launch team of PBS Engage in 2007, the earliest combined effort from PBS headquarters to let the network’s fans impact programming and join forces with NPR, I developed social content strategy for twenty PBS shows (including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Nature, Austin City Limits, art21, e2, Roadtrip Nation, Independent Lens, and POV) and served as a resource for all 300+ PBS stations as the first PBS Associate Director of Content and Social Media.

Graduate work

In 2004, I defended a Master of Arts thesis at the University of Virginia on 19th C print and photographic treatment of American children adopted through and escaping from orphan trains—their identity, rights, and marginalization through media.

Right-click this link to download “displacing_out.” (1414KB)

displaced_out thesis

My doctoral work (I am ABD in the Ph.D. program in English at the University of Virginia) is on networks and transactional spaces, and titled “The Death and Life of Great Online Communities.”

Family

We play here. Things the family likes: annual holiday videos, dancing, wigs.

I have two amazing sisters. Katrina is a photographer and documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Kassandra is a fierce dancer and choreographer based in Atlanta.

I was previously married on Facebook to the dashing singer-songwriter Stewart Pillow for years and years. Love him.

Stewart’s album is available for mp3 downloads on CD Baby.