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Joe Edelman

San Francisco, California, United States

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  • Fluent in English; learning French, Hindi, Spanish
  • 38, Male
  • Member since 2005
  • renegade economist and playwright
  • ivy league, mofo!
  • From Wayland, MA USA
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About Me


rebuilding empires of consumption as empires of fulfillment


A life warmhearted and thoughtful. Treating myself and those around me well. Frequent moments of beauty, desire, risk, triumph, confusion, wonder, sunshine, and peace. A dinner table oft besieged by friends. A response to the world situation that feels authentic but not exhausting. A regular, soft, and unpretentious artistry. What are YOU into?

In London for at least a few days. I'd love to make dinner on your houseboat, make dramatic readings from your bookshelf, draw sidewalk chalk arrows together, or go dancing.


I believe that we can all make use of each other much more and much better than we do. We can give each other better attention, and cooperate with projects more; we can love each other more; we can invite each other to go swimming and do the things we each love. I believe there are a million unsaid invitations.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


I wrote code and lead software dev for CouchSurfing for a while. I was part of the New Zealand collective. I'm especially proud of work I did on couchsearch and on real-time metrics like those that were at (peace.couchsurfing.org). CouchSurfing and Casey and Leo and Jim and everyone else have been a great inspiration.

You can see [[User:JoeEdelman]] for more specific information about what my projects were.


I have surfed in America, in Europe, in Asia, and down under.


Sitting with friends. Sketching interfaces and room layouts. Designing and throwing events, giving talks, or building things.

Music, Movies & Books

malcolm gladwell. jorge luis borges. ursula k leguin. byron katie.

Countries I've Visited

Costa Rica, France, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In

India, Nepal, United States

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