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Tim Brown is CEO and president of IDEO. He frequently speaks about the value of design thinking and innovation to businesspeople and designers around the world. He participates in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and his talks “Serious Play” and Change By Design appear on TED.com.

An industrial designer by training, Tim has earned numerous design awards and has exhibited work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Axis Gallery in Tokyo, and the Design Museum in London. He takes special interest in the convergence of technology and the arts, as well as the ways in which design can be used to promote the well being of people living in emerging economies.

Tim advises senior executives and boards of Fortune 100 companies and has led 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.

Tim maintains a blog on the subject of design thinking.

INDIA Future of Change, InDialogues, Tim Brown

TIM BROWN’s closing remarks
InDialogues 2012. 26 Jan. Davos. Switzerland

We've had a very wide ranging conversation over the last hour. We've heard about challenges that India faces, around driving higher quality education in engineering, and perhaps beyond; we've talked about the language barrier that creates a hidden class of innovators that aren't being served today; we've talked about the challenge of having manufacturing innovation as well as service innovation in India.

We've also heard some very exciting things. We've heard about Ahmedabad as an example city of both bottom up and top down organizing, the first of many cities that are gonna get it right; I love the idea of the 'new normal' that we should be aspiration, not just muddling around and solving problems that occur in front of us; and finally the notion that Indians are extremely innovative by necessity, which creates an awesome potential to be tapped into across a billion people.

And we heard about the notion of ad choc and distributed infrastructure and innovation and that perhaps India can lead the way with these models, as this approach is likely the most globally appropriate given the complex challenges we face. I went into this conversation wanting to be optimistic, and hoping there would be some optimistic ideas. I heard some, I hope you did too. Thanks very much for listening, for participating, and to the panel for bring us your wisdom.

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