Kio Stark is the author of When Strangers Meet, forthcoming in September 2016 from TED Books, the novel Follow Me Down and the independent learning handbook Don’t Go Back to School. She writes, teaches, and speaks around the world about stranger interactions, independent learning, and how people relate to technology.
Beyond strangers, Kio's abiding fixations include the invisibility of technology; how people learn; practices of generosity and mutual aid; the culture, infrastructure, and ephemera of cities; mythology and fairy tales; and advocating for independent learning, data literacy, social justice, and feminism. Fiction writers get to dive down wonderful rabbit holes, and some of her favorites have been the forging and stealing of art, secret societies, the daily lives of medical examiners, the physics of elementary particles, bridge design, the history of maps, the mechanisms of wrongful conviction, and psychoanalysis.
Kio did doctoral work at Yale University’s American Studies program, where she thought a lot about the history of science and medicine, urban studies, art, and race, and then dropped out.
When not writing books, Kio has worked in journalism, interactive advertising, community research, and game design. She consults for startups and large companies helping them think about stranger interactions among their users and audiences. She has taught at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and serves frequently as an advisor to the Knight News Challenge competition.