The right conversation can change a life; the right conversation can change the course of history. Dialogue happens all the time, good dialogue less so. If you are not approaching dialogue with creativity and control you then become a victim to it. This is true at mass scale or one on one.
Fred Dust is a former Senior Partner and Global Managing Director for the design firm IDEO. Dust is currently working on a book on creativity, design and dialogue which will be released by Harper Collins in the Spring of 2020.
Dust works at the intersection of business, society and creativity. As a designer, author, educator, consultant, trustee, and advisor to social and business leaders, he is one of the world’s most original thinkers, applying the craft and optimism of human-centered design to the intractable challenges we face today. Most recently, he has been investigating new ways to ignite constructive dialogue in a climate of widespread polarization, cynicism and disruption.
Dust is a frequently requested speaker, advisor, and lecturer. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Sundance Institute, the Board of Directors for NPR, the Board of Directors at The New School. He was a founder and trustee for IDEO.org, IDEO’s non-profit that designs solutions to global poverty. He lectures widely on various topics, including design methodology, future trends, and social innovation.
Dust writes frequently for publications such as Fast Company, Metropolis, and Rotman Magazine. His books include Extra Spatial (Chronicle Books, 2003), which discusses the design of spaces, and Eyes Open: New York and Eyes Open: London (Chronicle Books, 2008), city guides that view exceptional experiences through an urban lens.