John Seely Brown is a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California and the independent co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge. He has written extensively on collaborative learning and knowledge creation in a networked world.

In a 2011 book he co-authored, John Seely Brown tackled the issues surrounding learning in a "world of constant change." He echoes some of those conclusions here: "In a world of rapid change," Brown explains, "any particular skill that I've learned is apt to have a moderately short shelf life. So what I really need to do is [...] create contexts for myself, that I keep scaffolding and learning and accelerating what I know to increase my own performance." (5:30)

"What I'm doing becomes a platform for doing something new, learning something new, and becoming even better...Now, I'm looking at trajectories through life's space, as opposed to fixed points." (5:56)

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