John Seely Brown

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 Edge Innovation. He also is the former Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the former director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) for nearly two decades where he expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, knowledge management, complex adaptive systems and nano/mems technologies. He also co-founded the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL). Dr. Brown is a member of the National Academy of Education, a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Trustee of the MacArthur Foundation. He serves on numerous private boards of directors and public boards, including Amazon, Corning, and Varian Medical Systems. 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" and again in 2002 for his article “Your Next IT Strategy.” In 2004, he was inducted in the Industry Hall of Fame. He co-authored the acclaimed book The Social Life of Information with Paul Duguid and co-authored the book The Only Sustainable Edge with John Hagel, which outlines new forms of collaborative innovation. He is currently working on a new book – The New Culture of Learning with Professor Doug Thomas at the University of Southern California. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Brown University in May 2000, an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Claremont Graduate School in May 2004 and an honorary doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2005. He is an avid reader, traveler and motorcyclist. John’s views are distinguished by a broad view of the human contexts in which technology operates, bolstered by a healthy skepticism of whether or not change always represents genuine progress.