Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman Wiki
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman is an Australian-American activist. She is the founder and was the executive director until 2016 of corporate watchdog SumOfUs. In March 2012, she and her group were active critics of working conditions at Apple Inc. supplier Foxconn.
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman Biography
Stinebrickner-Kauffman graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in mathematics from Duke University in 2004.
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman Age
She was born in the year 1981 November 14th.
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman Family
She is the daughter of DePauw University professors, former Georgetown basketball player Bruce Stinebrickner and author Kelsey Kauffman, the granddaughter of Draper Kauffman. She was raised in Greencastle, Indiana.
Before founding SumOfUs she was part of the climate movement for years and fought for strong climate legislation global agreements, and the labour movement, working for groups like Avaaz.org, the Alliance for Climate Protection, and the AFL-CIO.
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman Relationship
When the baby comes, during those first few raw months of sleep deprivation when everything in my life gets upended, Greg and Crista plan to be around as much as possible. And then, like every family, we’ll see what comes next.
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman Baby
I wasn’t sure dating was the solution. What if it didn’t work out? That would leave me 36 years old, still with no baby on the horizon.
“Is it hopelessly improbable to find the mother of your children on OkCupid? We’ll see, won’t we?
I’ve always wanted to be a dad. I had a great dad, and I’ll make a great dad someday. But as I get a little older, I’m starting to get just a tad concerned about finding a traditional reproductive partner. This profile is an offering to the chance of meeting a non-traditional one. ;)”
So started the OKCupid profile of “FutureBestDad” — the biological father of the 16-week-old fetus I’m carrying.
I came across his profile just a week after the final breakup with my lovely ex-boyfriend Ben, who had decided he just wasn’t ready for kids. I had just turned 34. My mother suffered multiple miscarriages after 38, and I felt sure that I wanted more than one child, so I could hear my biological clock ticking loud and clear.
I’m a problem-solver, and the natural way for me to work through the normal breakup grieving process was to go about solving the practical problem it had created: How I was going to have kids, stat?
I wasn’t sure dating was the solution to my problem. Even if I got really lucky and met someone promising almost immediately, I’d want to date for at least two years before we decided to spend a lifetime together. And what if it didn’t work out? That would leave me 36 years old, still with no baby on the horizon.
I’d already frozen my eggs, which gave me some biological leeway. But emotionally, the serious potential to lose two more years felt pretty scary to little old’ baby-crazy me.
So, I settled on an alternative: I would search for a platonic co-parent. I planned to reach out to hundreds of friends and acquaintances to ask them if they knew any sperm creators who were looking for an egg producer.
I envisioned going through the reproductive equivalent of a very intensive, bidirectional hiring process where the would-be father and I could vet each other on everything from financials to parenting philosophy, check each other’s references and more. We would then agree to settle near each other in a city like D.C. or San Francisco, share joint custody, and be one big, happy, platonic family.
Gay men or couples seemed likely prospects — it’s hard to have a biological kid as a gay man. I figured, if I powered ahead, I had decent odds of getting this done and dusted within six months. Having a plan that didn’t rely on the vagaries of the dating market felt empowering and exciting.
But hey, I might as well date for fun in the meantime, right? So one night, just a week after Ben and I broke up, I stumbled across FutureBestDad. We had a 96% match score. I clicked with enthusiasm.
Over our first coffee, I grilled Greg on child-rearing. “How would you approach discipline?” “As an atheist, how will you feel if your kid turns out to be religious?” “How would you think about my bodily autonomy while pregnant with your child?” Over time, we found some fault lines, but nothing bigger than you’d expect from any couple. We met each other’s friends.
Almost all were impressed enough to give us something between a tentative “maybe this isn’t crazy after all” to an enthusiastic thumbs-up. Our families were somewhat more sceptical, but the opposition became muted as we spent more time together.
And we wrote documents. Oh, did we write documents — first on our own and later with lawyers. We’re both big on communication in relationships, to begin with. But when there’s no social template to help define expectations — when you’re literally making it all up from scratch — you have to be really explicit to make sure you’re on the same page.
We were both nervous that we could accidentally agree to a plan based on a fundamental miscommunication or different assumptions — from what we would tell the children about our unorthodox family, to how to make decisions about schools, to where we and the kids would live, to how to handle shared expenses. Our dozens of pages of coauthored Google Docs unearthed a lot of important discussion items.
We considered a simple gamete swap: He would donate sperm to me, I would donate eggs to him that he could use with a surrogate, and we would go on about our lives with minimal contact. There was the scenario we called “cousins”:
We would swap gametes, with no ongoing legal responsibilities to each other, but we would also stay heavily involved in each others’ lives as if we were friendly siblings and our kids were cousins. And then there was my original scenario, where we would be full-on, platonic co-parents with joint custody of the kids.
You’re probably wondering whether there was any romantic or sexual attraction between us. Well, I’m not going to lie: Greg is both an attractive man and squarely “my type.” As my therapist can attest, I had to work hard to manage my emotions on that side of things. We did try actually “dating” for about a month.
But Greg was still processing his recent divorce, and even now he feels that it’ll be years before he’s ready to consider re-marrying.
That was why, at age 39, he posted his unorthodox OKCupid profile. He’s also firmly polyamorous, with long-standing secondary relationships that are very important to him —including Crista, his girlfriend of 15 years. Neither of us was sure how I might handle that in a long-term romantic relationship.
It quickly became clear that, emotionally, I was incapable of thinking seriously about co-parenting with Greg while being in a relatively casual romantic relationship with him. With our urgent timeline looming, I reached a breaking point and announced a new policy called “gay best friend.
“ We established that I was simply going to pretend that this attractive man I was thinking about co-parenting with was gay, and therefore off-limits romantically. It took real self-discipline but has worked surprisingly well.
As we spent more time together, I tried to keep an open mind to the possibility that the whole thing might fall through. Both of us were getting very invested in the outcome, but we were having trouble coming to a compromise in one area. I felt that donating my eggs to Greg was a huge deal, and I wasn’t sure I would ever be willing to give up parentage of a biological child of mine.
For Greg, donating sperm felt like a relatively small decision, but agreeing to a lifetime of co-parenting with someone he’d still known less than a year felt very scary. Meanwhile, I felt like I couldn’t afford to stretch out our decision-making process much longer. I began to check out regular old sperm banks. I even said to Greg once, impatient with his caution, “If it weren’t for you, I’d already been pregnant!”
But then we hit upon an option we both felt great about. Last June, we decided that, as a first step, we would pursue a so-called “uncle” strategy — short-hand for “sperm donor/uncle.” Legally, I would be the only parent of our first child, with all the responsibilities and rights that entails. But, informally, he would be heavily involved in the child’s life, in an uncle-like role.
Maybe in the future, we would move to full-on parenting, or I would donate eggs to him to complete a “cousins” arrangement — but by the time we’d need to make those decisions, we would have a lot more information and know each other a lot better.
I was jubilant on the day we finally signed the contract. Shortly thereafter, Greg donated sperm at my doctor’s office. And through the miracle of IVF, I became pregnant in November.
In the meantime, my ex Ben and I have become great friends. I’ve also started a fun, low-pressure relationship with a man who thinks the whole situation is pretty neat — definitely not a relationship I could have explored if I were in single-minded pursuit of a long-term partner to procreate with.
Greg and I hang out about once a week these days. Sometimes I call him when my body is doing weird things and I just want someone to listen to me complain. And because he’s poly, it’s not just the two of us who are invested in this child. Crista, who never wanted biological kids, is also incredibly supportive.
She recently took me on my first maternity clothes shopping expedition. All three of us shared the magical moment of first hearing the baby’s heartbeat via ultrasound.
I’m excited to have as many adults as possible in love with my baby — and willing to help carry the load of what is still, in many important ways, single motherhood.
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Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman Sum of Us
SumOfUs is a global advocacy organization and online community that campaigns to hold large corporations accountable on issues such as climate change, workers’ rights, discrimination, human rights, animal rights, corruption, and corporate power grab. It is a non-profit organization operating in three languages.
Founder and executive directors
Australian-American activist Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman is the founder of SumOfUs and was its executive director from 2011 to 2016. In November 2016, Hannah Lownsbrough became the new executive director of SumOfUs.
SumOfUs was launched in 2011 with campaigns targeting Google’s links to the US Chamber of Commerce, a campaign to thank Starbucks for supporting same-sex marriage in the United States, and calling on Apple to force its suppliers to treat their workers more ethically.
Since its launch, SumOfUs has expanded to have members in nearly every country with the greatest concentrations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France and Germany. SumOfUs has staff in the UK, Canada, Germany, France, Lithuania, Colombia and the Netherlands.
In December 2013, after a week of pressure from SumOfUs members, Zara and major UK retailers Topshop and Asos committed to stopping selling Angora from rabbits that were plucked alive for their fur.
In February 2014, Kellogg’s and Wilmar both signed commitments to eliminate deforestation from their supply chains in the next two years. SumOfUs demanded in a petition that “the cereal maker [Kellogg’s] get tough with Wilmar or end its supply and distribution joint venture with the company”.
In 2015, SumOfUs helped to push airline companies such as Delta to stop shipping hunting trophies lobbied Canadian officials to charge Nestle responsible water rates for drawing water from public lands, and helped get Standard Chartered Bank to cancel its financing of Adani’s giant Australian coal mine.
SumOfUs uses digital technology to organize and communicate globally, connecting consumers, workers and investors from around the world. One of SumOfUs’ primary functions is to amplify other corporate accountability organizations’ campaigns by launching rapid-response campaigns.
The online campaigning NGO operates using lean start-up methodology, by adapting the “minimum viable product” model to the online campaigning field. SumOfUs mirrors corporations’ global perspective and power base and transcends national boundaries to take advantage of transnational companies’ vulnerabilities.
SumOfUs is a registered 501 social welfare nonprofit. Around 85% of SumOfUs funds come from small donations from its members. SumOfUs publishes the source of revenues every year on its web site. According to the Form 990 SumOfUs filed for 2016, $631,515 was contributed by a single anonymous person. According to Form 990 SumOfUs filed for 2015, $595,000 was contributed by two anonymous donors.
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman Aaron Swartz
Aaron Swartz’s Girlfriend Explains ‘Why Aaron Died’
Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman found Swartz dead in their Brooklyn apartment on Jan. 11, and as she explains, she is the person Swartz spent the most time within the last 20 months of his life — living together, commuting together and working together. And for her, that person she spent so much time with was not showing symptoms of depression, according to an emotional blog post on Tumblr.
At the time of his death, Swartz was facing a potential conviction of 35 years and up to $1 million in fines for allegedly downloading thousands of scholarly articles from the online database JSTOR with a hidden computer connected to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s network.
His family and supporters have been repeatedly pointing their finger at overzealous prosecutors to explain his suicide. And Stinebrickner-Kauffman agrees, even if she isn’t sure what killed him.
Stinebrickner-Kauffman doesn’t believe Aaron was depressed in the first place, as she told The Atlantic Wire. That’s why she thinks the sole cause of his suicide was his criminal case.
At the Aaron Swartz memorial in New York on Jan. 19, a teary-eyed Stinebrickner-Kauffman revealed Swartz had told her he wanted to get married to her just two months before his suicide. Was he or wasn’t he depressed when he killed himself? It’s hard to know, but Swartz suffered from depression before.