Thank You for The Fifth Estate

Geoff Livingston & The Fifth Estate

Some authors write books without citing people. Others follow more academic, research-oriented approaches to documentation. In the spirit of journalism, it seems important to acknowledge sources, and give them credit for their work. The following 100 plus bloggers and online personalities were cited in Welcome to the Fifth Estate‘s 180+ footnotes.

The book itself, which has been delayed by a couple weeks, finally went to press yesterday. A big thank you to each and everyone of them! In all fairness, the best way to say thanks was to give them some old fashioned public acknowledgement and link love.

Before we get to the lists of sources, I also want to thank Jennifer Goode Stevens, Bill Sledzik and Tom Livingston (yes, Dad) for editing and making suggestions. Another special thank you should be provided to my business partner Kami Huyse, who drafted the chapter on measurement. Thank you to Adam Ostrow for writing an excellent introduction to Welcome to the Fifth Estate! And finally, Ike Pigott, a great friend, actually named the book after reading some draft material on my blog.

Independently, none of these sources shaped the book’s direction. Collectively, with several news reports and books mixed in, they are the very fabric of the text. While the endnotes in the text cite every individual work, the ensuing list either provides a link to one of the pieces cited or an author’s social property.


Chris Anderson, MD Anderson, Elliot Back, John Bell, Josh Bernoff, Anne Mai Bertelsen, Rohit Bhargava, Richard Binhammer, Olivier Blanchard, Lauren Bloom, Toby Bloomberg, Chris Boudreaux, Robin Broitman, Michael Donnell Brown, Shonali Burke, Pete Caputa, Doriano Carta, Connie Chan, James Chartrand, Patrick Crane, Anil Dash, Todd Defren, Peggy Duvette, Eric Eggertson, Jason Falls, Allison Fine


Susan Getgood, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Gordon, Wendy Harman, Jocelyn Harmon, Scott Harrison, David Henderson, Chris Heuer, Shel Holtz, Linda Childers Hon, Kevin Houchin, Alexander Howard, Jackie Huba, Kami Huyse, Matthew Ingram, Shel Israel, Joseph Jaffe, Guido Juiret, Beth Kanter, Allyson Kapin, Avinash Kaushik, Joel Keller, Gary Kelly, Cindy King, Marshall Kirkpatrick


Tim Leberecht, Rick Levine, Carie Lewis, Charlene Li, Dr. Walter K. Lindenmann, Christopher Locke, Valeria Maltoni, Iain McDonald, Manesh Mehta, Mireya Navarro, Lee Odden, Kate Olson, Jeremiah Owyang, Katie Paine, Randy Paynter, Wendy Piersall, Isaac Pigott, Augie Ray, Andrew Redfern, F. John Reh, Laura Ries, Jay Rosen, Jackie Rosseau-Anderson


Robert Scoble, Jaya Saxena, David Meerman Scott, Michael Schneider, Doc Searls, Andy Sernovitz, Aliza Sherman, Clay Shirky, David Sifry, Ryan Singel, Aaron Smith, Catharine Smith, Brian Solis, Michael A. Stelzner, Amy Stodgehill, Heidi Sullivan, Mark Story, Levi Sumagaysay, Mario Sundar, Clive Thompson, Robb Tokatakiya, Greg Verdino, Mike Volpe, David Weinberger, Joe Wikert, Jenna Wortham


  • Congratulations, Geoff… Not just for another job well done with the book, but for having the guts to tackle a project like this from the ground up, and the wisdom to practice what your preach.

  •  What a nice thing to do, Geoff. Thank you, and congratulations for pulling off yet another amazing project!

    •  cogratulations from me too)))) not just nice))) better) the man on the photo looks so happy)

  • Thanks for the recognition, Geoff. I seem to be in highly esteemed company between your covers. Best of luck with the book.

  • I kinda like this. Congrats my friend.

  •  Congrats on your book Geoff.

  •  Congrats on your book Geoff.

  •  Nice way to merge traditional media with the new + do something nice for everyone (sources AND readers)

    Nice work

  • Congratulations, Geoff! 

  • Geoff, thanks so much for the mention.  What a generous way to show your appreciation for the collective conversation on social media for social good.  Congratulations on the book!

  • Thank you for the mention Jeff!  And congratulations on your book, I’m looking forward to reading it.

  • Awww. I was googling my name and found this. Posted on my birthday, no less.

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