John Seely Brown is a prolific author, speaker, educator, and self-described “Chief of Confusion,” focusing on helping people ask the right questions and make sense out of a constantly changing world. He is the independent co-chairman of Silicon Valley-based Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation, which helps senior executives make sense of and profit from emerging opportunities on the edge of business and technology, and is also a visiting scholar at USC. He was previously 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, he was deeply involved in the management of radical innovation and in the formation of corporate strategy and strategic positioning of Xerox as “The Document Company.” He expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, complex adaptive systems, and nano technologies. Brown’s research interests include digital culture, ubiquitous computing, service-oriented architectures, global innovation networks and learning ecologies.
In this evening program, Jonathan Fanton, FDR Visiting Fellow, Interim Director of Roosevelt House and former President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, continues his series of conversations with fascinating public figures.