05 February 2009

David Kelley interviewed

My one-time employer, is interviewed by Fast Company, to celebrate his receiving the Edison Award for Innovation, which he will now be able to add to his many other awards. I liked the account by his brother, Tom, of David Kelley's proposal to the president of Stanford University that he set up the now hugely successful graduate programme in innovation, d.school, under Stanford's auspices:

"When David was making the case for the d.school at Stanford," says Tom Kelley, "he went to [university president John] Hennessy and said, 'Look, we're good at "deep." We have Nobel Laureates drilling down into esoteric topics. But what if there are problems that aren't solved by deep, but broad? We should have a side bet in broad.'

Via Putting People First

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