The TH Interview: Tim Brown, CEO & President of IDEO
Tim Brown is everywhere these days - speaking at the TED Conference to appearing at the World Economic Forum in Davos to publishing his book entitled Change by Design to starting a new non-profit - he is putting his vision for a better world into action. After an event hosted by Metropolis Magazine and Education Legacy Fund (ELF) about game changers in the design world where Brown was honored, I had a chance to sit down with him for an exclusive interview about his work and his ideas about the future.
Brown is trained as an industrial designer, and has earned numerous design awards as well as exhibited work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Axis Gallery in Tokyo, and the Design Museum in London. He sees connections between technology and the arts few others do. His ideal for design is to find ways it can be used to promote the well being of people living in emerging economies.
Tim advises and works with Fortune 100 companies and leads strategic client relationships with such organizations as the Mayo Clinic, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, and Steelcase. He is a board member of the Mayo Innovation Advisory Council and the Advisory Council of Acumen Fund, a not-for-profit global venture fund focused on improving the lives of the poor. Additionally, he writes extensively, with articles in the Harvard Business Review, The Economist, and other prominent publications. His book on how design thinking transforms organizations, Change By Design, was released by HarperBusiness in September 2009.
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