Speakers for the 2009 Symposium

Keynote Speaker

John Seely Brown

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John Seely Brown is a prolific writer, speaker and educator. In addition to being a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California, he serves as an independent co-chairman for the Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation. Prior to holding these positions and for nearly two decades, John Seely Brown was the chief scientist of Xerox Corporation and the director of its Palo Alto Research Center. During his time at the Palo Alto Research Center he expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, knowledge management, complex adaptive systems, ethnographic studies of the workscape and nano-technology. He is also a co-founder of the Institute for Research and Learning.

Included among John Seely Brown's many research concerns is an interest in the impact of the digital culture upon education and what it means to learn, think, work and communicate in a world where social practices and constructivist ecologies are continuously changing and adapting to open source digital technologies, and where the focus increasingly becomes how information takes on meaning.

John Seely Brown is a member of the National Academy of Education, a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and a Trustee of both Brown University and the MacArthur Foundation. He has published more than 100 papers in scientific journals and authored or coauthored five books, including the acclaimed book The Social Life of Information (HBS Press, 2000) that has been translated into 9 languages. The Only Sustainable Edge, his most recent book with John Hagel, provides a novel framework for understanding powerful new ways to innovate, learn and accelerate capability building.

Along with a BA received from Brown University in mathematics and physics and a PhD from University of Michigan in computer and communication sciences, John Seely Brown also holds honorary degrees from Brown University (Doctor of Science), the London Business School (Doctor of Science in Economics), the Claremont Graduate School (Doctor of Humane Letters) and the University of Michigan (Doctor of Science).

Plenary Speaker

Sarah Robbins

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Sarah "Intellagirl" Robbins is a PhD candidate at Ball State University as well as the Director of Emerging Technologies for Kelley Executive Partners at the Kelley School of Business. Her research focuses on the many ways that virtual worlds are changing the way we think, live, and learn. Sarah is also the coauthor of Second Life for Dummies. Sarah's work has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education and The New York Times. She was even on the cover of InTake Weekly! Sarah is a speaker, blogger, educator, and a Twitter addict as well as being the mother of seven year-old triplets.

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