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SPEAKERS

 

Keynote speakers

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CHRIS RUDD

INSTRUCTOR AND LEAD OF COMMUNITY-LED DESIGN FOR THE CHICAGO DESIGN LAB
IIT INSTITUTE OF DESIGN

Chris Rudd is an Instructor and Lead of Community-led Design for the Chicago Design Lab at the Illinois Institute of Technology-Institute of Design (ID) where his work focuses on co-designing with community stakeholders. Chris is a former Stanford Institute of Design (d.school) Civic Innovation fellow where he focused on the intersection of design, youth development, and technology.

In addition to his role at ID, Chris is a community organizer, and founder of ChiByDesign, a black-owned and people of color led design firm in Chicago. Chris has a deep background in social equity work, systems change, and youth development. He’s worked with youth on the south and west sides of Chicago, challenging them to engage with their communities through activism and technology. 

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SASKIA SASSEN

ROBERT S. LYND PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY AND COMMITTEE ON GLOBAL THOUGHT
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY


Saskia Sassen is the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and a Member of its Committee on Global Thought, which she chaired until 2015. She is a student of cities, immigration, and states in the world economy, with inequality, gendering, and digitization as three key variables running through her work. Born in the Netherlands, she grew up in Argentina and Italy, studied in France, was raised in five languages, and began her professional life in the United States. She is the author of eight books and the editor or co-editor of three books. Together, her authored books are translated into over twenty languages. She has received many awards and honors, among them multiple doctor honoris causa, the 2013 Principe de Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences, election to the Royal Academy of the Sciences of the Netherlands, and was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government.

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TERRY IRWIN

PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF DESIGN
DIRECTOR, TRANSITION DESIGN INSTITUTE
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

Terry Irwin is the head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University and has been teaching at the university level since 1986. She has been an adjunct professor at Otis Parsons, in Los Angeles; California College of the Arts, in San Francisco; and the University of Dundee, in Scotland. She has also guest taught and lectured widely in North America and Europe. Irwin was a founding partner of the San Francisco office of the international design firm MetaDesign, where she served as creative director from 1992 to 2001. In 2003 Irwin moved to Devon, England, to earn a master’s degree in holistic science at Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies, and joined the faculty there in 2004. In 2007 she moved to Scotland to undertake PhD studies at the Centre for the Study of Natural Design at the University of Dundee, Scotland. Irwin’s research explores how living systems principles can inform a more appropriate and responsible way to design. Irwin holds an MFA in design from the Allgemeine Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland.

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CHARLES BEZERRA

BOARD MEMBER; MANAGING PARTNER
SWARMS - COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE APPLIED™

Charles applies a theoretical understanding of science and philosophy to a practical knowledge of what makes people tick—all to solve the increasingly complex problems that organizations face in producing and sustaining meaningful innovations. He is jargon-averse, never dogmatic, and relishes provoking people to develop a less-fragmentary worldview—which he believes kickstarts creativity, collaboration, and, most importantly, optimism.

Charles has over 15 years of experience in the field of innovation. He began as a planner in the advanced concepts team at Steelcase before moving to Motorola as its Latin America Consumer Experience Manager. He also served as director of innovation at What If consultancy, working on global projects for a variety of multinational companies across a range of sectors. He holds a Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he studied artificial intelligence in design, complexity theory, and genetic algorithms. He also holds a master’s degree in production engineering from UFSC/Brazil and a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from UFPE/Brazil. He has lectured on the design sciences at the University of Otago in New Zealand and has authored three books, The Humble Designer, The Innovation Machine, and The Holographic Innovation. He is a member of the Design Management Institute’s Advisory Council.

When not transforming large organizations, Charles plays the striker position in a weekly soccer match and enjoys making Brazilian barbecue and caipirinhas for friends. He lives in São Paulo with his wife and son.



 

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PRESIDENT
DOBLIN, INC.

President and co-founder of Doblin Inc., Larry Keeley has worked for over thirty years to develop more effective innovation methods to help teams succeed at the toughest innovations they try to pursue. Doblin is now a unit of Deloitte Consulting LLP, where Larry is a director.

BusinessWeek named Larry one of seven ‘innovation gurus’ that are changing the field and specifically cited Doblin for having many of the most sophisticated tools for delivering innovation effectiveness. Recently, they also selected Larry as one of the 27 most influential designers in the world.

In frequent demand as a speaker and facilitator, Larry has worked with scores of the world’s largest companies to build their signature innovation competences and with startup firms trying to change some smaller part of the world. He has done path-breaking philanthropy work, too, bringing innovation to bear on global poverty, education, food, or healthcare challenges. Along the way he pioneered the use of social science research, deep innovation protocols, critical theories like Ten Types of Innovation, Platforms, Convergences, and deep approaches to business model innovation. Larry’s book, Ten Types of Innovation, codifies much of the research and tradecraft that drives effective innovation and is available at Amazon.com. Recently, Deloitte adapted the signature Doblin innovation tradecraft into a new and free app, Ten Types of Innovation, available from the US Apple Store.

Larry teaches graduate innovation strategy classes at IIT Institute of Design in Chicago, the first design school in the US with a PhD program, where he is also a board member. He lectures in executive education programs at Kellogg Graduate School of Management, where he was recently named a Distinguished Fellow, and is an adjunct faculty member for their core MBA and their Master’s of Manufacturing Management programs. He also lectures at University of Chicago and other business schools worldwide. Collectively, Larry has helped educate more than 5,000 master’s- or PhD-level innovation specialists worldwide.

Larry was a Senior Fellow of the Center for Business Innovation, in Boston. He was also a board member for Chicago Public Radio, helping build it as an innovation engine for public radio across the US and fostering ‘This American Life’ and other path breaking new radio programs and media innovations.