Tweetie Bird It is about imagining that the center is ever flexible and having the courage to create new centers.-Theaster Gates on his work #ArtPlace [More from ccoletta]

March 9, 2003

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John Seely Brown is the former Chief Scientist for Xerox and was director of its famous Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) until June, 2000, a position he had held for the previous ten years. While head of PARC, John expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, sociological studies of the workplace, and complex adaptive systems.

His personal research interests include digital culture, ubiquitous computing, design and organizational and individual learning. A major focus of John's research over the years has been in human and community learning. He was recently awarded the Industrial Research Institute Medal for outstanding accomplishments in technological innovation. John sits on numerous boards of directors and advisory boards, is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Association of Artificial Intelligence. John is an avid reader, traveler and motorcyclist.

Part scientist, part artist and part philosopher, John's views are distinguished by a broad view of the human contexts in which technologies operate and a healthy skepticism about whether or not change always represents genuine progress. John is the co-author of "The Social Life of Information."

Kip Bergstrom has served since May, 1998 as Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council, a 20-member board of business, government, labor and higher education representatives who give strategic focus to Rhode Island's economic development efforts.

Kip has an unusual combination of private and public experience, in both planning and implementation roles. He has 12 years of private sector experience, including: president and CEO of an office furniture dealership; general manager of a 60-employee factory; and vice president for strategic planning at Connecticut's largest bank.

Kip has a Master's in City and Regional Planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was the first student to specialize in economic development.

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