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December 1, 2010

Lecture by John Seely Brown on Dec 9th 2010, at 7pm in Timken Hall(SF)

Presented as part of CCA's Graduate Studies Lecture Series, we are honored to announce John Seely Brown speaking to us on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 7pm in Timken Lecture Hall at CCA San Francisco Campus.
Directions to 1111 8th Street San Francisco, CA 94107

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John Seely Brown is a visiting scholar and advisor to the Provost at University of Southern California(USC) and the Independent Co-Chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge. 
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 nearly two decades.  While head of PARC, Brown expanded the role of corporate research to include such topics as organizational learning, knowledge management, complex adaptive systems, and nano/mems technologies.  He was a cofounder of the Institute for Research on Learning (IRL).  His personal research interests include the management of radical innovation, digital youth culture, digital media, and new forms of communication and learning. 
JSB is an avid reader, traveler and motorcyclist.
Part scientist, part artist and part strategist, JSB's views are unique and 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.

Leading by Design Fellows Program Information Night

Thursday, December 2, 2010, 7-9 pm
Florence and Leo B. Helzel Boardroom, CCA (San Francisco campus)

Meet Fellows Program Director Susan Worthman along with faculty and current Fellows and learn how this dynamic, 6 month executive leadership program equips you with the fresh thinking, tools and experiences to design a bold, breakthrough future for yourself, your organization and the world.

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Amy Whitaker speaks to the incoming students at the RISD orientation.

Amy Whitaker presented to incoming freshmen and graduate students at RISD about the intersection of economics and fine art.

Amy has been teaching Managerial Economics to the purple Cohort DMBA students here at CCA. Starting in the winter, she will be teaching economics as a fine art studio class and as a graduate seminar at RISD. Her first book, Museum Legs, was published in 2009.

Museum Legs was the assigned summer reading book for the freshman class at RISD and at the orientation Amy spoke to the freshman class about financial literacy for artists. Watch Amy Whitaker speak to the incoming freshmen at RISD.

December 10, 2010

DMBA 2009-2010 Student Annual

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December 23, 2010

"New Understanding of Leadership: Nathan Shedroff discusses a new concept of leadership and how it is the essence of collaboration.

Nathan Shedroff, Chair of the MBA in Design Strategy Program at California College of the Arts is a together series speaker. The together series is one of Cisco's recent project that centers on speaking with thought leaders in their fields who are working hard to bring people together :

In his video clip, he discusses the concept of leadership and how it is the essence of collaboration. "What we are learning about leadership is that it is completely based in communication, very much based in language and is the essence of collaboration."

December 24, 2010

Lecture by John Seely Brown.

Our guest speaker earlier this month was John Seely Brown. The event was a success; an engaging talk by JSB and dinner afterward with him. Here are a few excerpts from our DMBA student who attended the event.

In Michelle Dawson's words:
John Seely Brown was an incredible speaker, and what he had to say was very much inline with what we are talking about across our program. At dinner he stressed the importance of what we are learning in the DMBA program and the need to share this knowledge and way of thinking with others.
Overall he shared with us the importance of having a questing disposition and his belief that in the next century the purpose of the firm will be to accelerate capability building in order to build talent. He believes that the key to this is collaboration and exponential learning, learning from others as they learn from you.
The old ways of doing things will not work anymore. In our changing world we have to run faster and faster and yet we don't get as far. Each new increment is exponentially harder to achieve. How might we flip this curve? JSB believes that collaboration could be the answer to instead harness our work effects so that the more people participate the better the effect of our efforts can be.
JSB shared with us a story about surfing that really gets to the heart of what so many of our projects and learning here in the DMBA program is about. A group of young boys joined together to form a cohort which enables them to learn from each other and with each other to push themselves to the edge of their abilities to perform at high levels and ultimately to create a whole new type of surfing. EACH member of his or her cohort is now a world champion. They try new things, fail continuously, critique each other and use the information and technology available to learn from other champion surfers around the world. In addition, they study other adjacent fields to think about how moves from other extreme sports relate to what they are doing.
What this group really has that makes them stand out is their questing disposition: they are looking for new ideas anywhere they go. With this passionate drive and questing mentality, they can collaborate to push each other to new levels of extreme performance. This can relate to firms and larger systems by leveraging technology to think about how we can work together to build on each other's knowledge. Instead of fighting for each increment of change how can we lift each other to reach new heights together?

Picture from the dinner afterward:
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