John Seely Brown on the Social Life of Learning in the Net Age

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April 2007 HASTAC presentation.



"One of the formative thinkers of the Information Age, John Seely Brown is currently a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California. Prior to that he was the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation and the director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), a position he held for two decades. While head of PARC, Brown espoused radical innovation, expanding the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, knowledge management, complex adaptive systems, ethnographic studies of the workscape, and nanotechnology. He was also a co-founder of the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL). His personal research interests include the impact of globalization on business, the management of radical innovation, digital culture, ubiquitous computing, and organizational and individual learning. He is the author of several books and over a hundred scientific papers and, with Paul Duguid, wrote the transformative work, The Social Life of Information (2000)."

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