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.org, IDEO's nonprofit that designs solutions to global poverty.