Monthly Archives: October 2013

Paul Starr – Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs and Stuart Professor of Communications and Public Affairs, Princeton University


Paul Starr is a Pulitzer Prize-winning professor of sociology and public affairs at Princeton University. In 1990, he founded The American Prospect with Robert Kuttner and Robert Reich, and he serves as co-editor with Robert Kuttner. In 1993, Starr served as the senior advisor for President Bill Clinton’s proposed health care reform plan, and in 1994, he founded the Electronic Policy Network, or Moving Ideas, which is an online public policy resource. He has written dozens of articles on healthcare and testified before Congress on the subject multiple times. He has been a recipient of the C. Wright Mills Award of the Society for the Study of Social problems, and in 1984, The Social Transformation of American Medicine won the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction and the Bancroft Prize in American History. His book The Creation of the Media received the 2005 Goldsmith Book Prize. His latest book is Remedy and Reaction: The Peculiar American Struggle over Health Care Reform, which recently appeared in a revised edition from Yale University Press.

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Peter Onuf – Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor, Emeritus, University of Virginia, Corcoran Dept. of History


Peter S. Onuf, a senior research fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Virginia, has written extensively on sectionalism, federalism, and political economy, with a particular emphasis on the political thought of Thomas Jefferson. Onuf is a cohost, with Ed Ayers and Brian Balogh, of the radio show BackStory with the American History Guys. The show can be streamed through its website, downloaded via podcast, or listened to live on 38 local radio stations. Most recently, Onuf has published a collection of essays, The Mind of Thomas Jefferson (2007) and a work co-authored with his brother, political theorist Nicholas G. Onuf, that focuses on the history of international law and order in the Atlantic states’ system during the Age of Revolutions and early nineteenth century. The book is entitled Nations, Markets, and War: Modern History and the American Civil War (2006). His current research focuses on Jefferson and the origins of American democracy.

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Michael Schrage – Research Fellow at MIT Sloan School’s Center for Digital Business


Michael Schrage examines the various roles of models, prototypes, and simulations as collaborative media for innovation risk management. He has served as an advisor on innovation issues and investments to major firms, including Mars, Procter & Gamble, Google, Intel, BT, Siemens, NASDAQ, IBM, and Alcoa. In addition, Schrage has advised segments of the national security community on cyberconflict and cybersecurity issues. He has presented workshops on design experimentation and innovation risk for businesses, organizations, and executive education programs worldwide. Along with running summer workshops on future technologies for the Pentagon’s Office of Net Assessment, he has served on the technical advisory committee of MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory. In collaboration with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Schrage helped launch a series of workshops sponsored by the Department of Defense on federal complex systems procurement. Schrage has been a contributor to such prestigious publications as the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, strategy+business, IEEE Software, and the Design Management Journal. In his best-selling book, Serious Play (Harvard Business School Press, 2000), Schrage explores the culture, economics, and future of prototyping. His latest book, Who Do You Want Your Customers to Become? was published by Harvard Business Review Press in 2012.

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Genevieve Bell – Director, Interaction and Experience Research, Intel Labs at Intel Corporation


Genevieve Bell is an anthropologist and researcher with 15 years of experience driving innovation in the high tech industry. As the Director of Interaction and Experience Research in Intel Labs, Bell leads a team of social scientists, interaction designers, human factors engineers and computer scientists in their research of new computing experiences that are centered around people’s needs and desires. In addition to leading this increasingly important area at Intel, Bell is an accomplished industry commentator on the intersection of culture and technology and has been extensively featured in publications that include Wired, Forbes, The Atlantic, Fast Company, and the Wall Street Journal. In August 2013, Fast Company declared her to be one of the top 25 smartest women on Twitter, where she goes by the handle, @feraldata. Bell is a passionate advocate for the advancement of women in technology and in 2012 was inducted into the Women In Technology International (WITI) hall of fame, as well being honored by the Anita Borg Institute as the 2013 Woman of Vision for Leadership. Her first book, Divining the Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing, was co-written with Prof. Paul Dourish of the University of California at Irvine and released in April 2011. Bell is also the recipient of several patents for consumer electronics innovations.

Twitter: @feraldata