John Seely Brown

  • PARC, ret.

John Seely Brown was Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) for nearly two decades. He is currently a visiting scholar and advisor to the provost at the University of Southern California and the independent co-chair of the Deloitte Center for the Edge. John’s recent books include, with Ann Pendleton-Jullian, Design Unbound: A New Terrain (forthcoming 2012), and, with Douglas Thomas, A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Changes (2011). He has published more than 100 papers in scientific journals and received the Harvard Business Review’s McKinsey Award for the best article in HBR in 2002 and in 1991. John is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Education, a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence, and a trustee of the MacArthur Foundation. John presented his work at the Forum’s 2011, 2005 and 2001 Aspen symposia on “Cultivating the Imagination in a World of Constant Change,” “New Learning Environments in the 21st Century: Exploring the Edge,” and “Learning in the Digital Age,” respectively. John earned his Ph.D. in computer and communication sciences from the University of Michigan.