About Raj

Bio

Dr. Raj Menon has often been described by others as being helpful, enthusiastic, professional, hard-working, bright, networked, visionary, intelligent, candid, creative, and also as being an outside-the-box thinker, a great mentor, and a challenging instructor. He likes the term 'mixologist.'

Raj has a multi-faceted background with over twenty years of experience in diverse areas ranging from marketing, consulting, and non-profit organization management, to engineering, technology, operations analysis and education as well as sales and account management.

Dr. Raj Menon is President and Chief Creative Officer at Flat World Design. In that capacity, he manages all aspects of running a promotional marketing agency which helps medium-sized companies increase sales, motivate employees, retain customers, promote safety and build their brand.

Raj also serves on the Advisory Board of the Medical Center of Plano and on the Board of Directors of the Plano Symphony Orchestra. In 2012, he is serving his fourth year and as the 2011-12 chairperson on the Diversity Advisory Committee at the Plano Independent School District (Plano ISD). He also serves on the Steering Committee for Plano ISD's upcoming PBL academy which will be an exciting new foray into the world of 21st century education for kids.

He is a member of the American Advertising Federation (AAF Dallas), Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), and as the marketing chair and board member of the Promotional Products Association Southwest (PPAS). Raj is also a founding board member of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Alumni Association of North Texas (IITNT).

Raj was graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and holds MBA and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Texas at Austin. He lives in Plano, Texas with his wife, their son, and their Zuchon, Dusty.

An idea worth spreading

Twenty first century learning for all kids all over the world.

I'm passionate about

I am passionate about Learning, Education, Diversity, Ideas, People and Connections.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Raj Menon
Posted almost 3 years ago
Why is visual literacy discouraged in most cultures & WHAT CAN WE DO to change that?
To address the question of WHAT CAN WE DO TO CHANGE or encourage visual literacy: Sunni, you write that the way (or at least one way) to do it is to ARTICULATE THE VALUE. I would suggest that in our capitalistic society, things change most rapidly when there is someone to PUSH the idea. And the folks that should be naturally inclined to do so would be the ones that would directly profit from such an increase visual /artistic communication. So let's join forces and form a coalition of product and technology companies - that are in the business of visual communications. I can think of the "whiteboard" companies, the overhead projector people, the WACOM (digital pen) folks, and so on... Similarly, can we fund new product development in this space? Perhaps tools and technologies that would allow and promote e-doodling?
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Raj Menon
Posted almost 3 years ago
Why is visual literacy discouraged in most cultures & WHAT CAN WE DO to change that?
I am more optimistic. I agree that visual literacy was certainly not encouraged in schools thirty years ago, but my (anecdotal) experience today with kids in US schools is that there IS in fact a lot of emphasis on visual literacy. Thankfully! And I have seen positive benefits of that in subjects as diverse as math, history and even language. Perhaps it is a good idea to reach out to companies and businesses who are directly or indirectly in the "visual literacy" business - and co-opt them to help promote this movement. Keep up the good work!