Meet the Guardians: Jerry Michalski

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Jerry Michalski from Yoti's Guardian Council

We are thrilled to welcome Jerry Michalski on board as a member of Yoti’s Guardian Council.


Introducing Jerry Michalski

Jerry Michalski (ma-CALL-ski) is the founder of Open Global Mind, a project to help humans make better decisions together, and Rel8, a project to crowdsource a shared memory to serve that same purpose. He is also an expert on trust.

Jerry was on the front lines of the tech revolution for a dozen years as a tech-industry trends analyst during the dot-com boom, as Managing Editor of Esther Dyson’s newsletter Release 1.0. He also advised corporate advanced-technology groups on whether and where to deploy exponential technologies like machine intelligence.

One of the 4,000-plus startups Jerry interviewed had a useful mind-mapping app called TheBrain. Intrigued, Jerry began curating his Brain then, over 25 years ago. Now it’s the world’s largest, with over 535,000 entries. You can consult that same Brain online, for free, here.

In the mid-90s, Jerry realised the word “consumer” was a linchpin to understanding many of today’s dilemmas. Following “consumer” led him to the concept of trust, specifically the many ways that consumer capitalism has broken trust. More optimistically, he also found groups around the world rediscovering trust to solve thorny problems.

Jerry’s vast experience will help guide our commitment to privacy-preserving product design and build trust between consumers, businesses, and regulators.

You can find Jerry on LinkedIn, Twitter (509th person to sign up!) and YouTube. Personal website:

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