Dr. John Seely Brown
Until recently, John Seely Brown was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the Director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). At Xerox, John was involved in expanding the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, ethnographies of the workplace, complex adaptive systems and techniques for unfreezing the corporate mind. His personal research interests include digital culture, ubiquitous computing, user-centered design, and organizational and individual learning. A major focus of John’s research over the years has been in human learning and in the management of radical innovation.
Dr. Brown is a co-founder of the Institute for Research on Learning, a non-profit institute for addressing the problems of lifelong learning. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. He also serves on numerous advisory boards and boards of directors. He has published over 100 papers in scientific journals and was awarded the Harvard Business Review’s 1991 McKinsey Award for his article, “Research that Reinvents the Corporation.” More recently he has served as editor of “Seeing Differently: Insights on Innovation,” published by Harvard Business Review Books. Brown was also an executive producer for the award winning film “Art • Lunch • Internet • Dinner”, which won a bronze medal in the Ethnic/Cultural category at Worldfest 1994, the Charleston International Film Festival.
John has a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Brown University and an M.S. in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Computer and Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan.