John Seely Brown

John Seely Brown is the Independent Co-Chairman of the Deloitte’s Center for the Edge, a visiting scholar and advisor to the Provost at University of Southern California (USC), and an Independent Director on the Board of Amazon.com. A master integrator and instigator of productive friction, John explores the whitespace between disciplines and builds bridges between disparate organizations and ideas. 

John was formerly Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the Director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)—a position he held until June 2000. In his more than two decades at PARC, John transformed the organization into a truly multidisciplinary research center at the creative edge of applied technology and design. He integrated social science and the arts into traditional physics and computer science research, and expanded the role of corporate research to include topics such as the management of radical innovation, organizational learning, complex adaptive systems, and nano-technologies. John was also a Cofounder of the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL). His personal research interests include digital youth culture, digital media, and the application of technology to fundamentally rethinking the nature of work, in order to enable deep learning across organizational boundaries—in brief, to design for emergence in a constantly changing world.