John Seely Brown


John Seely Brown is the Independent Co-Chairman of The Deloitte Center for the Edge. Prior to that, he was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) — a position he held for nearly two decades.

While head of PARC, John expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as the management of radical innovation, organizational learning, complex adaptive systems, and nano technologies. He was also a co-founder of the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL), a not-for-profit initially funded by the Xerox Corporation.

John graduated from Brown University in 1962 with degrees in physics and mathematics, and received a PhD from University of Michigan in 1970 in computer and communication sciences.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education, and a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is also a Trustee of the MacArthur Foundation.

John also serves on numerous public boards, international advisory boards as well as private boards of directors.

In all, je has published over 100 scientific papers. Along with Paul Duguid, he wrote The Social Life of Information, which has been translated into nine languages with a second addition.

John also teamed up with expert John Hagel to write, The Only Sustainable Edge, a book about new forms of collaborative innovation, and The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made Can Set Big Things In Motion.

John Seely Brown’s most current book is The New Culture of Learning, which he co-authored with Professor Doug Thomas at USC.

John is a visiting scholar and advisor to the Provost at University of Southern California (USC).

John Seely Brown has received seven honorary degrees including:
*  2000 – Brown University – Doctor of Science
*  2001 – London Business School – Doctor of Science in Economics
*  2004 – Claremont Graduate School – Doctor of Humane Letters
*  2005 – University of Michigan – Doctor of Science
*  2009 – North Carolina State University – Doctor of Science
*  2011 – Illinois Institute of Technology – Doctor of Design
*  2013 – Singapore Management University – Doctor of Information Systems

John’s personal research interests include digital youth culture, digital media and institutional innovation. He is an avid reader, traveler and motorcyclist.

Part scientist, part artist and part strategist, John’s views are unique and distinguished by a broad view of the human contexts in which technologies operate and a healthy skepticism about whether or not change always represents genuine progress.


Avatar Secrets Quotes:

[Tweet “If you are willing to regrind your lenses, you just might be able to see the world afresh.”]

[Tweet “If we can figure out how to see change not as something to fear but as something to embrace then we will have completely changed the way that the populous feels.”]

[Tweet “If you are willing to play with the system then change can be seen as an adventure.”]

[Tweet “In the avatar world you can construct your own genre as well as who you are.”]


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