Jonathan Knowles is a senior advisor to the CEO and CTO at Autodesk, makers of software for designers, architects, engineers, filmmakers, game developers, and all who seek to imagine, design, and create a better world. He serves as the Director of Strategic Initiatives, providing thought leadership and insight on the intersection of emerging technology and social trends, the impact of discontinuous innovation, and beyond the horizon technologies.
Prior to joining Autodesk, Jonathan held senior strategy, marketing, and product management positions at Adobe and Apple.
Jonathan is a former faculty member of the Claremont Colleges, a lifelong learner from the University of California, Harvard, and Cornell, a faculty member and Design Track Chair at Singularity University, an X Prize Visioneer, a regular participant at TED and TEDGlobal, and the curator and organizer of TEDxLosGatos, and is an X Prize Visioneer.
Jonathan is regularly invited to deliver advisory briefings to Fortune Global 500 senior executives, government leaders, and tier-one academics around the world concerning the future of technology and its societal implications. As a primary spokesperson for Autodesk, he is a popular speaker at enterprise, government, education, press, and analyst events focusing on making the complex understandable. He has also been a featured speaker at conferences throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
People. Community. Wisdom. Learning. Helping. Fun.
Komo mai kau mapuna hoe.
Technology, Design, Big ideas, Grand Challenges, Tiki, Redwood trees
A gathering of some of the most compelling, informed, and passionate people from the edge of technology, science, business, the humanities, and the arts? A collection of pretentious egotistical wannabes furthering the cult of celebrity?
Say what you will about TED and those who attend. One thing is certain. A community where ideas are exchanged and critical thought is encouraged is absolutely a step in the right direction. A community that democratizes knowledge and ideas which tackle some of our world's greatest challenges is something we need more of. The idea of a community focused on ideas worth spreading is a great idea.
I have been involved with TED on a number of levels for many years. I have watched countless TED Talks. I have experienced many amazing conversations with Tedsters. I believe I am a better person because of these experiences. I believe I am more effective at the good I do,and that I do more good, because of these experiences.
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