John Maeda, the former president of the Rhode Island School of Design, is dedicated to linking design and technology. Through the software tools, web pages and books he creates, he spreads his philosophy of elegant simplicity. In his fascinating career as a programmer and an artist, he's always been committed to blurring the lines between the two disciplines. Maeda is leading the "STEAM" movement--adding an "A" for Art to the education acronym STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)--and experiencing firsthand the transformation brought by social media. After leaving his post as RISD's president, Maeda is now working as a Design Partner for Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield and Byers.
He delivers this funny and charming TED talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future.
"What can we learn from artists and designers for how to lead? Because in many senses, a regular leader loves to avoid mistakes. Someone who's creative actually loves to learn from mistakes. A traditional leader is always wanting to be right, whereas a creative leader hopes to be right. And this frame is important today, in this complex, ambiguous space, and artists and designers have a lot to teach us, I believe".
The New Tao of Leadership