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Creator and host, Lisa Van Dusen found herself surrounded by

 students citizens, athletes and others living and working in

Palo Alto, Stanford and Silicon Valley. 

First Person was inspired by the many people living and working in Palo Alto, Stanford and Silicon Valley who I thought would be interesting to talk with and whose stories would be worth sharing. Some are well known - others  not at all.  Many are ahead of the curve or "swimming upstream" in some way. They include entrepreneurs - social and otherwise, students, professors, citizens and public servants, athletes and business types. My focus is on the person and what has shaped their 

Lisa Van Dusen conceived of the idea in 2010 and has been having interesting on-camera conversations with people who live boldly for the better in Silicon Valley ever since.

Taylor Shoolery joined the First Person team in 2014, bringing extraordinary storytelling skills and instincts to the series. 

Videography is provided by the Palo Alto Weekly/Palo Alto Online staff, Veronica Weber. These video conversations can be found online at Palo Alto Online and the Midpeninsula Media Center. 

swimming upstream "ahead of the curve"

 

First Person is a collection of conversations with trailblazers and transformers, changemakers and rule breakers who are redefining life in Silicon Valley and beyond. This video series focuses on people who live boldly for the better in a community where. I found myself both curious about and inspired by the many innovators, entrepreneurs (social and otherwise), public servants, students, professors, citizens, athletes living and working in Palo Alto, Stanford and Silicon Valley. I thought they would be interesting to talk with and their stories would be worth sharing. Some are well known - others not at all. All leaders, I find them both inspired and inspiring.  Many are ahead of the curve and "swimming upstream" in some fashion. 

Lisa Van Dusen conceived of the idea in 2010 and has been having interesting on-camera conversations with people who live boldly for the better in Silicon Valley ever since.

First Person was inspired by the many people living and working in Palo Alto, Stanford and Silicon Valley who I thought would be interesting to talk with and whose stories would be worth sharing. Some are well known - others  not at all.  Many are ahead of the curve or "swimming upstream" in some way. They include entrepreneurs - social and otherwise, students, professors, citizens and public servants, athletes and business types. My focus is on the person and what has shaped their 

Lisa Van Dusen conceived of the idea in 2010 and has been having interesting on-camera conversations with people who live boldly for the better in Silicon Valley ever since.

Taylor Shoolery joined the First Person team in 2014, bringing extraordinary storytelling skills and instincts to the series. 

Videography is provided by the Palo Alto Weekly/Palo Alto Online staff, Veronica Weber. These video conversations can be found online at Palo Alto Online and the Midpeninsula Media Center. 

swimming upstream "ahead of the curve"



Our Stories

 

Lisa Van Dusen’s boundless curiosity, hard-earned wisdom and desire to shine a light on people living out their passions, has found a happy home with First Person.  Engaged in a wide range of community organizations over multiple decades, including the Palo Alto Art Center, Planned Parenthood, the Boy Scouts and various educational and environmental initiatives, Lisa has successfully escaped Silicon Valley silos.

Currently Chief Relationship Officer at SV2-Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, Lisa's  25+ year career spans leadership development, media and social innovation. She has helped create breakthrough business models at various Silicon Valley media ventures, from leading the Palo Alto Weekly to be the first newspaper to publish its entire contents on the Web in 1994, to introducing novel data transmission technologies at Cable Co-op, a subscriber owned cable franchise.

Throughout Palo Alto and around Silicon Valley, Lisa is known as a pioneer, dot connector, translator, cross pollinator and artist. More about her artwork can be found at lisavandusenart.com.

Lavanya Mahadevan brings many talents to the First Person team. Currently a senior at Palo Alto High School, Lavanya is interested in the craft of story telling as well as nature vs. nurture- as in "Whats going on with all these Silicon Valley people?".

A prolific multi-media artist, she experiments with drawing, painting, sculpture, digital illustration, glassblowing and assemblage, focusing on social justice issues with a vengeance. She is a student of people, sharing insights on her blog, which focuses on the Myers Briggs Type Indicators. 

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Taylor Shoolery is a wildly talented audio producer with experience at The Moth in New York City, Stanford Storytelling Project and independent audio and video storytelling work. A Palo Alto native, Taylor's gifts range from skillful editing and sharp question-asking instincts to the ability to  "keep calm and carry on" no matter what the circumstances. Her subtle, nuanced eyes and ears for what makes a compelling story are remarkable.