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Fred Dust, Design thought leader

Fred Dust works at the intersection of business, society, and creativity to unlock the creative potential of leaders and organizations. As a designer, author, educator, consultant, trustee, and advisor to social and business leaders, he has been called one of the world's most original thinkers. He applies human-centered design to today's global challenges.

A sought-after speaker, Fred currently serves on the board of trustees for the Sundance Institute, the board of directors for NPR, and the board of directors at The New School.

His books include Extra Spatial, on the design of spaces, and Eyes Open: New York and Eyes Open: London, city guides that view exceptional experiences through an urban lens. He writes frequently for publications such as Fast Company, Metropolis, and Rotman Magazine.

Fred is currently exploring new ways to ignite constructive dialogue in a climate of polarization, cynicism, and disruption. He is working on a book on creativity, design, and dialogue, and was awarded a Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship to advance his research.

Fred was a former senior partner and global managing director for acclaimed international design firm IDEO. He was also a founder and trustee for, IDEO's nonprofit that designs solutions to global poverty.

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Upcoming Program

Personal Growth
The BOX Sessions
February 28 - March 1, 2020
Join award-winning writer Laura Holson hosting a weekend with wildly popular The Moth radio show and podcast, cooking sensation Samin Nosrat, director Jon M. Chu, MacArthur “genius grant” winner Lynda Barry, novelist Jonathan Franzen, and an original group of Oscar winners and world-class artists. In workshops and breakout sessions, you will explore your sense of wonder and curiosity, experience the power of community, and learn that you are a creative person—perhaps in dimensions you never realized.

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