FORA.tv Speaker - John Seely Brown

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Biography

John Seely Brown (JSB) was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation until April 2002 as well as the director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) until June 2000. A master integrator and instigator of productive friction, JSB explores the whitespace between disciplines and builds bridges between disparate organizations and ideas. In his more than two decades at PARC, Brown transformed the organization into a truly multidisciplinary research center at the creative edge of applied technology and design, integrating social sciences and arts into the traditional physics and computer science research and expanding the role of corporate research to include topics such as the management of radical innovation, organizational learning, complex adaptive systems, and nano-technologies. JSB is currently a visiting scholar and advisor to the Provost at the University of Southern California (USC) where he facilitates collaboration between the schools for Communication and Media and the Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT). JSB is also the Independent Co-Chairman for Deloitte’s Center for the Edge where he pursues research on institutional innovation and a reimagined work environment built on digital culture, ubiquitous computing, and the need for constant learning and adaptability. His personal research interests include digital youth culture, digital media, and the application of technology to fundamentally rethink the nature of work and institutional architectures in order to enable deep learning across organizational boundaries – in brief, to design for emergence in a constantly changing world.

5 Programs

Sense-Making in our Post AlphaGo World

04.20.17 | 00:44:17 min | 0 comments

How ‘Playing Games’ Can Improve the Federal Government

06.30.12 | 00:55:31 min | 0 comments

Enacting the Future: Socio-technical Perspective

09.16.11 | 00:40:17 min | 0 comments

Power of Pull: How Small Moves Set Big Things in Motion

09.22.10 | 01:20:31 min | 0 comments

Technology and the Global Economy

07.07.06 | 01:16:21 min | 0 comments