Robert Jacobson

Robert Jacobson

Tucson, AZ, US



A serial social and business entrepreneur, I've been a community media activist, an advertising creative director, a student and professor of urban planning and innovation (in the US and Scandinavia), an high-tech incubator co-founder, an innovation-management consultant, co-founded and CEO's three VR and visualization startups, and for a decade was the California Legislature's top policy expert on high tech (telecom and information technologies), regional development (mainly, California's Silicon Valley and Silicon Beach). Currently working on regional, urban, and civic innovation and development in Southern Arizona. Post-grad work at USC Annenberg School, UCLA's Department of Theater Arts (Video Production), and UCLA's School of Architecture & Urban Planning (from which I earned my Ph.D.)  As a Fulbright Scholar, I studied the effects of then-new cellular technology on cross-border communities in the Nordic Arctic Circle.  I've authored and edited three books, Municipal Control of Cable Communications (Praeger 1977), An "Open" Approach to Information Policymaking (Ablex 1989), and the anthology Information Design (ed., MIT Press, 2000).  I'm now working on a book on holistic experience design. Though I live in the desert, my favorite sport remains bodysurfing.  I adore the California coast.  I'm a Taoist.



Atelier Tomorrow Inc., Tucson, AZ, US, Chairman & Strategist

ATI is a nonprofit umbrella corporation hosting public-benefit projects involving technology, social organizations and networks, and civic innovation. We are experts in developing innovation platforms.

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Apr 2015 - current


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, PhD, Urban & Regional Planning

Information environments and their consequences for urban and regional identity and development.

Jan 1977 - Jun 1987

USC Annenberg School of Communications, Los Angeles, CA, US, Masters, Information Industry Management

Communication and identity.

Sep 1974 - Nov 1976

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, Masters, Video Production

Video production, public-access video, and public ownership of cable media.

Sep 1972 - Jun 1976

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, Bachelors, Sociology / Communications

Sep 1966 - Dec 1970


Royal Society (UK) Presenter, Other


Fulbright Scholar, Scholarship


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