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Meet John Seely Brown

Independent Co-chairman, Deloitte LLP Center for the Edge

John Seely Brown (JSB) is the independent co-chairman of the Silicon Valley-based Deloitte Center for the Edge, which conducts original research and develops substantive points of view for new corporate growth.

In addition, he is an Advisor to the Provost and a Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California, a position he has held since 2003. This position followed a lengthy tenure at Xerox Corporation, where he served as chief scientist (1992-2002) and director of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) (1985-2000). While head of PARC, JSB expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, complex adaptive systems, micro electrical mechanical system (MEMS) and Nanotechnology. His research interests include digital culture, ubiquitous computing, service-oriented architectures, global innovation networks and learning ecologies.

In 2009, JSB was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in the field of Computer Sciences. He is also a member of the National Academy of Education, a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and a trustee of the MacArthur Foundation. He serves on several corporate and advisory boards. JSB has published more than 100 papers in scientific journals and authored or co-authored five books, including The Social Life of Information and The Only Sustainable Edge. Additionally, he and Center Co-chairman John Hagel recently contributed a chapter to Business Network Transformation: Strategies to Reconfigure Your Business Relationships for Competitive Advantage (2009) and recently published The Power of Pull (April 2010).

He holds a bachelor's degree from Brown University, a doctorate from the University of Michigan and honorary doctorates from Brown, the University of Michigan, Claremont Graduate University, the University of London’s Business School and North Carolina State University.


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