Creating Insights . Making Schools Safer


Who We Are is a Washington state data and behavioral research nonprofit. We are currently an all-volunteer team of students, parents, mental health therapists, social science researchers, database specialists, bloggers, business owners, film makers, media reporters, and education policy analysts. Our goal is to help children attend school free from fear, threats, put downs, bullying or harassment.  We seek safer schools.  

We treat school violence as a public health problem. Our approach provides three advantages other approaches lack: 1) we move past political stalemates that have prevented new ways of reducing school violence; 2) we discover patterns of school violence by understanding the behaviors that trigger it; and 3) we access research and program funding sources that make our goals more achievable.

We are reshaping the story of school violence. We believe violence can be reduced before events occur. We reject the narrative that the only plan is to respond to violence because nothing can be done to prevent it. Research shows that in fact there are clear signs that precede school violence.  We'll never see them if we continue to think that all we can be is victims of violence.

Founding Director was founded in 2016 by Dr. Paul Privateer, a Seattle based parent, educator, writer, novelist, and data scientist.  Paul's commitment to reducing school violence arose from the suicide deaths of two of his Arizona State students. Paul created to combine his twenty-year experience in education with his passion for data science to develop better insight tools to better understand the connection between behavioral patterns and certain types of violence.  

Paul was born in New York and moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s. He served in the U.S. Air Force, received his B.A. and M.A. from California State University Stanislaus, and obtained a Ph.D. in Postmodernism from the University of California, Davis. His dissertation was completed with a Fulbright grant at the Université de Genève. He has taught at San Jose State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Arizona State University.  During his tenure at Arizona State, Paul served as a Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as an Apple Fellow.

Paul created The Privateer Group™, a strategic and knowledge management consulting corporation from 1995 to 2002. Clients included Dun and Bradstreet, IBM, Intel, Probusiness, Sun Microsystems, Accenture, Spherion, and Unisys.  Presently he is the founder and CEO of Data Insight Solutions, a data systems consulting service.  He is also the Founder of Seattle Data for Good and the project.