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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

John Bielenberg Designer, Future Partners

  • 2015

John Bielenberg is a designer, entrepreneur, and imaginative advocate for creating a better world through the application of thinking wrong and design.

In his career, John has won more than 250 design awards, including the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Gold Medal for lifetime achievement. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has acquired six of his design projects and staged a solo exhibition of his work in 2000.

In 2003, John created Project M, an immersive program designed to inspire and educate young designers, writers, photographers and filmmakers that their work can have significant positive impact on communities. Project M has developed projects in rural Alabama, Baltimore, Connecticut, Costa Rica, Detroit, Germany, Ghana and Iceland.

John co-founded Future Partners in 2012 to teach Think Wrong Practices to individuals, teams, and organizations around the world. Most recently, John launched CCA Secret Project, a new Think Wrong Lab at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.