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Joshua Kauffman - Member

Joshua Kauffman is a globally-active designer, consultant and facilitator.

He is a principal collaborator and Design Director of the Quantified Self, a global movement devoted to the personal discovery and knowledge sharing in the emerging world of self-tracking and personal data. In this capacity, he works closely with institutional, corporate and government partners to take advantage of the emerging opportunities where the responsible use of personal data can enhance existing systems, lead to the invention of transformative new products and services, and create vast new public knowledge.

As a designer Joshua has applied original analysis of global spaces, culture and commerce to the development of projects for profitable innovation and meaningful intervention. Clients have included firms such as McKinsey, Nike, Philips Design, Ebay and Freedom House.

One of his areas of expertise is in designing across cultural and geographic contexts. His experience has ranged geographically from Cuba to Kenya, and sectorally from transportation and urbanization to information and communication technology. For this work he won an innovation prize from the World Bank and is a strategic advisor to 'Groupshot,' which develops technologies and programs for economic and institutional informality.

Joshua regularly lectures and leads workshops in academic and corporate contexts. He is also a frequent facilitator of strategic dialogues and innovation gatherings include the recent 'GE Brain Trust,' 'Startup Iceland,' 'The Chatham Forum,' and the 1000 person 'Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council.' Other recent venues for lecturing and facilitating include the National Bank of Iceland, GE, Credit Suisse, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the International Association of Privacy Professionals, Fidelity and MIT.

Joshua was the first student to graduate from Duke University with a degree in Globalization. He received a Masters in Design from Harvard where he instructed and was an affiliate at the Berkman Center for the Study of the Internet and Society. His thesis on the Public Library was honored with distinction.



The Quantified Self


Design Director