Dubbed “Mr.Creativity” and a “serial innovator” byThe Economist, John is a thought leader, practitioner and activist. He is chair of the Institute for Large Scale Innovation, whose i20 group is an association of over 30 national “chief innovation officers.”
John coined the term “large scale innovation” to refer to innovation as a societal agenda. He has advised numerous nations and regions on innovation strategy and execution, including Finland, Singapore, the City of San Francisco, Abu Dhabi and elements of the US government as well as the European Union innovation policy team.
Currently John serves as director of the Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium, founding member of Cisco Systems’ Innovation Commission, and chairman of the Global Advisory Council on Innovation of the World Economic Forum. He is an investor in emerging technology companies as well as a Tony-nominated producer of film and theater.
John was a Harvard Business School professor from 1982-96, where he created executive and MBA programs on innovation. He authored Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity, a BusinessWeek best-seller, and Innovation Nation, published in October, 2007 about America’s growing innovation challenge. He is a graduate ofYale College (philosophy),Yale Medical School (psychiatry) and Harvard Business School (management.) A jazz pianist at heart, he apprenticed to rock legend Frank Zappa in 1969.