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John Seely Brown
Member, Board of Advisors

John Seely Brown ("JSB") divides his time between being the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the Chief Innovation Officer of 12 Entrepreneuring, a recently formed entrepreneurial operating company. In June 2000 he stepped down as the director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a position he had held since 1990. While head of PARC, he expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, sociological studies of the workplace, complex adaptive systems and micro electrical mechanical system (MEMS). His personal research interests include digital culture, ubiquitous computing, design and organizational and individual learning. A major focus of Brown's research over the years has been in human and community learning. Part scientist, part artist and part strategist, JSB's views are unique and distinguished by a broad view of the human contexts in which technologies operate and a healthy skepticism about whether or not change always represents genuine progress.

JSB is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. He also serves on numerous boards of directors and advisory boards. 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." In 1997 he published the book "Seeing Differently: Insights on Innovation" by Harvard Business Review Books. He was an executive producer for the award winning film "Art * Lunch * Internet * Dinner," which won a bronze medal at Worldfest 1994, the Charleston International Film Festival. He received the 1998 Industrial Research Institute Medal for outstanding accomplishments in technological innovation and the 1999 Holland Award in recognition of the best paper published in Research Technology Management in 1998. With Paul Duguid he co-authored the acclaimed Social Life of Information (HBS Press, 2000).

JSB received a BA from Brown University in 1962 in mathematics and physics and a PhD from University of Michigan in 1970 in computer and communication sciences. In May of 2000 Brown University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Science Degree. He is an avid reader, traveler and motorcyclist.