2015: Monsarrat gives lectures in Atlanta on behalf of the Secular Policy Institute.
Johnny Monsarrat, Entrepreneurship Associate is the former founder and CEO of Turbine, a videogames company that employed 350 and was acquired by Warner Brothers. After business and technical education from MIT, Brown, and Harvard, where he worked at the MIT Media Lab and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory building robots, he worked in biotech sequencing bacterial DNA before the Human Genome Project. Monsarrat then became founder and CEO of Hard Data Factory, Alliance Director for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and Alliance Director for the Secular Coalition for America.
Monsarrat holds two patents and has consulted to top-level executives at Citigroup and General Electric. He runs the Guinness World Record winning atheist community art project, Soulburners, and a New England events website, Events INSIDER. He is an award-winning public speaker.
Johnny Monsarrat has taken on many executive roles working for the numerous non-profit organizations of Washington DC lobbyist and activist Edwina Rogers. Monsarrat met Rogers in 2013 at the Atheist Alliance of America, where he gave a speech.
Johnny spoke about the large trends in the nonbelief movement, where he identified three aspects that should change. First, Monsarrat felt that nonbelievers needed to take more risks, to springboard into the future rather than plan for incremental growth. Second, Monsarrat suggested that secular groups show lower barriers to collaboration and work together more closely. Johnny said lastly that atheist groups needed a reality check, to measure their success against non-profit groups outside the secular movement, rather than against other secular groups or against their own group track records. We can only achieve the great success of the major lobbies and non-profits by striving to achieve the same high levels of professionalism.