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Chris Carlsson, executive director of the multimedia history project Shaping San Francisco, is a writer, publisher, editor, and community organizer. For the last twenty-five years, his activities have focused on the underlying themes of horizontal communications, organic communities and public space. He was one of the founders, editors and frequent contributors to the ground-breaking San Francisco magazine Processed World. He also helped launch the monthly bike-ins known as Critical Mass that have spread to five continents and over 300 cities.

He has edited four books: Bad Attitude: The Processed World Anthology(Verso: 1990); Reclaiming San Francisco: History, Politics, Culture (City Lights: 1998, co-edited with James Brook and Nancy J. Peters); Critical Mass: Bicycling’s Defiant Celebration (AK Press: 2002); and The Political Edge (City Lights Foundation: 2004). He published his first novel, After The Deluge, in 2004, a story of post-economic San Francisco in the year 2157.

Carlsson makes his living as a book designer, editor, and typesetter. He is a member of Media Workers Union Local 100 in San Francisco. He is also a co-founder and past board president of CounterPULSE, a San Francisco-based arts organization, where he has been producing a series of public talks since January 2006. He conducts award-winning 10 times a year from CounterPULSE. Another Carlsson book, Nowtopia: How Pirate Programmers, Outlaw Bicyclists, and Vacant-Lot Gardeners Are Inventing the Future Today, was published on Mayday, 2008 by AK Press.

His daughter, Francesca Manning, is living in Brooklyn, NY and writing a Ph.D. thesis in Geography with David Harvey as her advisor!