CJ Fearnley Part 1 HD Original air date 12-01-14




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Published on Nov 25, 2014

About CJ Fearnley
President & CEO, LinuxForce Inc. and
Executive Director, Synergetics Collaborative
Co-Organizer, Greater Philadelphia Thinking Socie

CJ Fearnley is an explorer in Universe, an initiative-taker, and a comprehensivist. In addition to his primary
initiatives of a for-profit Debian GNU/Linux-based consulting firm and a non-profit organization building
on R. Buckminster Fuller’s work, he leads several discussions each month in Philadelphia on a wide variety
of topics.
CJ Fearnley was an early leader in the adoption and implementation of Linux and Free and Open Source
Software (FOSS) in Philadelphia. In 1993, he recognized the emerging value of the Linux operating system.
Through his leadership position in the Philadelphia Area Computer Society (PACS), he began introducing
Linux to organizations in the Greater Philadelphia region. At PACS, he organized monthly presentations on
Linux and FOSS and wrote 29 columns in the organization’s print periodical, The Databus. He then founded
and helped build Philadelphia’s premiere Linux user group, the Philadelphia area Linux User Group (PLUG),
where he continues to facilitate its first Wednesday meetings. After helping to establish a community and
culture for Linux and FOSS in Philadelphia, CJ started building his first company, LinuxForce, to be the
“go-to” firm for organizations wanting to realize the promise and power of Linux. LinuxForce. is a leading
technology services provider specializing in the development, implementation, management and support of
Linux-based systems, with a particular expertise in Debian GNU/Linux and Ubuntu. LinuxForce provides
remote Linux systems management services to clients including The Franklin Institute Science Museum
and the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. CJ contributes to a blog on Managing FOSS for Business Results at
In addition, CJ Fearnley has applied his organizational and leadership talent to building Buckminster Fuller’s
legacy. CJ published an essay “Reading Synergetics: Some Tips” to help students of Fuller’s magnum opus,
Synergetics: Explorations in the Geometry of Thinking, wade through that complex, multi-dimensional
tome. He started maintaining “The R. Buckminster Fuller FAQ” on the Internet in 1994. His early work on
Buckminster Fuller was featured in an extensive interview published by Dome Magazine in 1999. In 2002
CJ started building the Synergetics Collaborative (SNEC) as an organization to bring together people with
an interest in Synergetics’ methods and principles in workshops, symposia, seminars, and other meetings.
Major events include a symposium on “Synergetics and the Arts” at the Noguchi Museum, and a special
event “Revisit Bucky: Exploring Synergetics” held at American University. Since 2007 he has helped organize
the Biennial “Design Science Symposia” at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). CJ serves as Executive
Director of the Synergetics Collaborative.
CJ received his BA in Mathematical Sciences and Philosophy from Binghamton University in 1989 where
he was a Regents Scholar and has done graduate work at Drexel University. He was profiled in Winter
1999-2000 issue of Dome Magazine. CJ was named to the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2006 “40 Under
40” List as one of the region’s most accomplished young professionals.
Biography of CJ Fearnley


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