John Seely Brown: Keynote Speaker

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John Seely Brown is a visiting scholar and advisor to the provost at University of Southern California (USC) and the independent co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge. Prior to that he was the chief scientist of Xerox Corporation and director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)—a position he held for nearly two decades. While head of PARC, JSB expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, knowledge management, complex adaptive systems, and nano/mems technologies. He was a co-founder of the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL). His personal research interests include the management of radical innovation, digital youth culture, digital media, and new forms of communication and learning.

A New Culture of Learning for a World of Constant Change

JSB is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and of AAAS, and a trustee of the MacArthur Foundation. He has published over 100 papers in scientific journals, including “Research that Reinvents the Corporation” and “Your Next IT Strategy,” both of which received the Harvard Business Review’s McKinsey Award (in 1991 & 2002, respectively).

With Paul Duguid, JSB co-authored the acclaimed book The Social Life of Information (Harvard Business Press, 2000), which has been translated into 9 languages with a second edition in April 2002. With John Hagel, he co-authored the book The Only Sustainable Edge (Harvard Business Press, 2005) about new forms of collaborative innovation. With John Hagel and Lang Davison, he co-authored The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion (Basic Books, 2010). His latest book, co-authored with Douglas Thomas of USC, is A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change, published by CreateSpace in January 2011.

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