Comments and Responses:What Clients and Readers Have Said About Richard Thieme
Addressing Thieme’s contribution to Def Con: “You are a long term contributor, and unique. You helped define the space of Def Con.”
“Thieme’s insights are profound.”
“Deeply thoughtful. Thieme’s work is enlightening, reflective, and refreshing.”
“Richard Thieme is one of the rare people who ‘gets it’ regarding the relationship between networking, technology, and people. Always provocative and interesting, Richard’s voice is one I always heed.”
“You are a practitioner of wu wei, the effort to choose the elegant appropriate contribution to each and every issue you address.”
Richard Thieme is a “hacker philosopher journalist sage.” who fills an important niche by speaking eloquently about the relationships between technology, people, and spirituality. He speaks straight to the heart and receives the only standing ovations I have ever witnessed at Def Con.
“Your writing makes me discover life again and again.”
Richard Thieme has a knack for not just writing about technology, but exploring and breaking down the intersection between technology, politics, society, and humanity. A needed and unique voice from a unique perspective on the bridge between the techno-mainstream and its counterpart — the cutting edge. With Richard, there is no spoon.
His writing is a Klein bottle of wisdom: It has an infinite surface while being artful and funny at the same time.”
“Richard Thieme is an artist of words and ideas. He brings life to thoughts and creates a new world that is parallel to ours. He teaches experts to see with “beginner’s eyes” and hackers to think like philosophers.”
WOW!!! you eloquently express thoughts and ideas that I feel. You have helped me, not so much tear down barriers to communication, as to leverage these barriers into another structure with elevators and escalators.
“Richard Thieme is the real Enoch Root.”
An Appreciation from a Peer
“As your experiences in the IC add additional cognitive layers of dissonance and your mind works to resolve them, you build up more cognitive and emotional complex structures to deal with the ironies of the situation. Sort of like scar tissue. At some point the accretion of these structures becomes too unstable and the structures collapse. At that point you either resign and hide the leftover emotional scars or you go the whistleblower route. Good job friend.”
We have had some of the best speakers in the United States – Milton Friedman, Newt Gingrich, President George Bush, Alan Greenspan and Arthur Burns, George Gilder, Nobel Prize winner Gary Becker, Beryl Sprinkel and Walter Heller, Donald Rumsfeld and George Schultz … and now Richard Thieme.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
“Richard’s presentation at IT-Defense 2009 stood out because he managed to make the audience think beyond their normal IT environment. It was a presentation that got best feedback from the attendees and motivated a lot of discussions. Richard is one of the few people that can stand in front of an audience without PowerPoint slides and without technical details and get the attention of people with completely different background.
“Richard Thieme has presented the keynote address at four of MIS Training Institute’s conferences, appearing before as many as 1,000 people at a time and consistently keeping the audience riveted for the duration of his speech. While the audience he has addressed on these occasions comprises mainly of IT professionals, Richard’s perspective leads them to see technology in a far broader and more philosophical light than they are used to, introducing them to exciting concepts they have never considered.”
Thank you again for presenting the opening keynote address for the WBT Producer Conference & Expo. Your presentation was wonderful. Below is an email from an attendee who wrote to say how much he valued your presentation. He was not alone. All during the conference, I had attendees coming up to me to tell me how much they enjoyed your presentation… and chastising me for not recording it so they could listen to it again. They also commented on how surprised and delighted they were that you did not just fly in, give the presentation, and fly out… but instead stayed for the entire event.
– Influent Technology Group
(To: Heidi Fisk/MISTI_BOS@MISTI_BOS – Choosing Thieme as the intro speaker was inspired. His ideas were expansive and universal, which set an atmosphere for the rest of the event. Much better than an introspective industry talk. … @intel.com)
“Your presentation was delightful. The world-class scientists in attendance loved your approachable style as well as your insights.”
“Because of you and your superb talk, conversations are surfacing dealing with issues never before thought about, much less discussed. You challenged us to move to new heights as a living organization. The new awareness you gave us means we may have a chance to be a place where everyone can reach their potential.”
“You leave audiences mesmerized.”
“Three qualities in Richard have made him an ideal fit to address technical security audiences: Level of preparation, ability to make complex topics consumable, and humor & wit.
“Mind-bender” and “he really made me re-think how I think” are common remarks from our attendees who hear Richard speak. He has a knack for taking technical topics and boiling them down to essential human concerns. He is a “futurist” in the truest sense of the word.
Finally, if you need someone to increase the energy of a group, Richard is a great choice. His humor and wit are sophisticated, but put a room full of professionals at ease. He unfailingly brings inspiration and hope to our audience. Attendees walk out of our events with Richard’s words stuck in their brains, and a sense of what’s possible.”
“Richard has the ability to make you think. Not just think, but think beyond your normal comfortable boundaries. The fact he keeps getting invited back to speak at the same high profile conferences speaks volumes for his qualities. His vendor independence is also a very redeeming attribute.ry redeeming attribute. … After sitting through countless speakers and death by power point it is very refreshing to put down the pens, listen, think and be challenged. I have heard Richard four times now and each time I have been challenged to think. After the Wellington session I contacted many of the attendees and they all found it a similar experience and all would by happy to hear him speak again. Richard fits into a small bracket of speakers that I find inspirational rather than just very interesting. I have been on the organising committee of eight conferences and I would put Richard into the top keynote speaker either to open or close the conference with no hesitation.”
“I quite liked your story. I’ve been reading science fiction lately and your story (“More Than a Dream,” in Mind Games) was right up there.”
Well before Blogs there were the Islands in the Clickstream, its stories, daily and weekly, often becoming our stories, vivid and compelling parables for an information age. For almost a decade now Richard Thieme’s profound and poetic contributions have ministered to what makes us multiple. As a pastor to a floating congregation he has called us to our own possibilities and variations, his voice echoing across the waters, his and our images reflected in the flow. He has long been among my teachers, an actual presence here in this networked archipelago.
“Richard Thieme, creator of Islands in the Clickstream (2004), Mind Games (2010), and co-author of UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry (2012), is today’s most prominent voice among tech savvy philosophers. Thieme’s prominence in the underworld of technical experts has been built upon public speeches to thriving communities such as Defcon and Blackhat. Thieme’s stature as a wise man in the hacker and security communities has been built over years of speaking truth to power and not backing down.
Moreover, Thieme not only fills the gap between tech philosophies of the future for the current generation, but also stretches the readers imagination toward a broader sense of reality that includes questioning comfort in the matrix like structures that hold each one of us hostage. Seeing through the veil of government secrecy, societal morality, and misinformation, creates a bond of trust between Thieme and his readers.
In conclusion, Thieme seems to be taking on the voice of a generation, sick and tired of being relegated and silenced, while business, government, and terror runs a muck. Thieme not only participates in the conferences which confront these issues, but seems to understand the convergence between those holding on to power and those who seek to know the truth about events that have happened (such as the current NSA scandal). In time, one can only hope that the rest of humanity comes to the vital conclusion that human beings create and support their own reality structures, and that the choice to go down the rabbit hole is to choose freedom and liberty over comfort and tyranny.”
Richard Thieme combines hi-tech, business savvy and social consciousness to create some of the most penetrating commentaries of out times.
“Richard Thieme writes pure analytical poetry – I can’t describe how much I enjoy his beautifully written insights. His theme reminds of the long battle that we have waged to get policy makers and infosec professionals to realize that technical solutions play only a partial role in defending us but that building a better more comprehensive understanding of the relationship between people and technology is a key to predicting and preparing for future threats that emerge in the cyber domain.”
“I am deeply grateful to you … one seldom finds one so discerning.”
Tweets During Speeches
Can’t wait to watch the replay of Dan Geer & Richard Thieme‘s fireside chat. Quite possibly my favorite Source talk ever.
Amazing fireside chat with Dan Geer and Richard Thieme this morning.
Good thing others live tweeted the fireside talk with Dan Geer and Richard Thieme. I was too engaged to do it myself
Great fireside chat between Geer, Thieme, and Josh Corman. I could watch these guys chat all day.
Thieme & Geer pack words & thoughts so densely they require multi-listenings
I want to flag a talk on the morning agenda that ought to be good: Josh Corman will moderate a “fireside chat” between two security legends: Dan Geer and Richard Thieme.
Thieme: Leadership is communicating clearly and consistently where the water is going.
Thieme: Biohacking today is where computer hacking was in the 80s/90s. We should be talking about the ethical quandaries
Thieme: “Emergence of group learning is like cells realizing they’re part of greater whole, vs. ending at cell wall”
Love Richard Thieme‘s description of the transition period in security being like the terminal line on the moon.
GIS Industry (…and all industries) could learn a lot from Richard Thieme
Security Summit – South Africa
Thuthuka.Sitholee: “Listening to Richard Thieme: GENIUS”
Richard has my attention.
ok converted! Richard Thieme has got some serious valid points!
This is deep stuff.
Richard’s talk is *packed* with info! Definitely need to touch base with him afterward
Privacy and Security – Victoria BC
Richard Thieme ruined the ability for anyone after him to do powerpoint with writing on it. This is long overdue
How do you live in a world without walls? “Be Mindful and Vigilant” –Richard Thieme
Richard Thieme‘s keynote speech was excellent.
Phenomenal Keynote by Richard Thieme. The entire conference was hanging on his every word!
Richard Thieme keynote was enthralling, exceptional speaker, provocative thoughts
Richard Thieme is entertaining.
Listening to author Richard Thieme‘s session – informative, funny & thought provoking
Richard Thieme great presentation
Your closing keynote knocked it out of the park. Nothing but enthusiastic positives from attendees.
HITB Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“What it is that you do that make you and simultaneously the whole world better?” – Richard Thieme
Wise words from Richard Thieme
Eye opening stuff from Richard Thieme.
Richard Thieme, a rare breed…
zacon – South Africa
Mind being blown
TIme for Richard Thieme, prepare to get your mind blown
keynote with Richard Thieme. What a great way to end an awesome day.
Def Con Black Hat Bsides
Got a beer and am ready for @neuralcowboy to warp my mind as the last session
5 mins into the talk and its worth the 20000 km I’ve made to come here! Wow!!!
Richard Thieme still brings it.
I saw your talk and loved it.
amazing talk! Is it available anywhere? That’s a message that needs wider exposure.
Richard Thieme awesome.
Richard Thieme is brilliant
Saw my first Richard Thieme talk the other day. One of the few times I wished for a longer session. Top of my speaker list for future cons.
Richard Thieme doesn’t use slides. Best speaker at Blackhat. All the speakers could learn from him. Awesome.
Richard If you’ve never seen him before, don’t miss this one.
Just picked up “islands in the clickstream” on amazon by @Neuralcowboy Richard Thieme. Next payday I’m ordering “Mind Games”. Can’t wait!
incredible talk from Richard Thieme, makes up a bit for the missing Android talk I got up for earlier.
Richard Thieme is giving a great talk.
“When your doing a job you know can’t be done…” Richard Thieme at #defcon, relevant to security burnout.
Thank you Richard Thieme. Mind blowing talk today. Keep ’em coming.
“Encryption = the opiate of the naive” – AMEN brother Richard!
Amazing talk by Richard Thieme at #BlackHat, I’ll have to watch it again later. There’s a lot to grok here.
Taking in some visceral truth from Richard Thieme: “We can’t help but be assimilated into the cultures we’re in. The borg is us.”
Richard Thieme: “What keeps me up at night? Chief Technologist of CIA telling me he can’t sleep at night.”