BERNARD AMADEI, a professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado (CU) at Boulder, is the faculty director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities at CU Boulder and holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering. Dr. Amadei is also the founding president of Engineers Without Borders–USA and co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders–International network. Among other distinctions, Dr. Amadei was the 2007 co-recipient of the Heinz Award for the Environment and the recipient of the 2008 ENR Award of Excellence. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2008, was recently elected a Senior Knight-Ashoka Fellow, and has received two honorary degrees. Dr. Amadei received his Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of California, Berkeley.
JOHN SEELY BROWN is a visiting scholar and advisor to the provost of the University of Southern California (USC) and the independent co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge. Prior to joining USC, he was chief scientist of Xerox Corporation and director of its Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)—a position he held for nearly two decades. Under his leadership, PARC expanded its corporate research to include organizational learning, knowledge management, complex adaptive systems, and nano/microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technologies. He is also a co-founder of the Institute for Research on Learning. Dr. Brown, often called JSB, is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Education, a fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence and American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a trustee of the MacArthur Foundation. He serves on numerous public boards (Amazon, Corning, and Varian Medical Systems) and private boards of directors. He has published more than 100 papers in scientific journals, and in 2004 he was inducted into the Industry Hall of Fame. His current book, The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion (Basic Books, 2010), was co-authored with John Hagel and Lang Davison, and an earlier book, The Social Life of Information (Harvard Business Press, 2000, 2nd ed. 2002), which he co-authored with Paul Duguid, has been translated into nine languages. The Only Sustainable Edge: Why Business Strategy Depends on Productive Friction and Dynamic Specialization (Harvard