Creative Leadership Toolkit: Curiosity, History, and Discovery

John Maeda, Design Partner, KPCB

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8 Videos (57m)
    • New Lesson: Listening (May 2016)

    • Introduction

    • Your Assignment

    • Curiosity

    • History

    • Discovery

    • Leadership

    • Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Update: This class originally launched in 2015. In May 2016, John updated his class with a brand-new lesson on the importance of listening, inclusion, and building diverse teams. This new lesson is now at the top of the video playlist.



Get inside the mind of John Maeda. His leadership at the Rhode Island School of Design, MIT Media Lab, and KPCB has inspired the world to dream bigger and better about ways to bridge design, technology, and art. Now, he brings that leadership to Skillshare.

In this 60-minute adventure, learn how to seek, shape, and achieve a truly creative career. No gimmicks, no tricks, just real wisdom. Go behind-the-scenes with John as he explores curiosity, why history is the heart of innovation, how to instigate discovery, and the core of creative leadership.

The class journeys through examples from John's storied career, includes a project to put the lessons into action, and features exclusive interviews with a dozen creative leaders, including: Behance Founder Scott Belsky, Design Within Reach Founder Rob Forbes, Airbnb Founder Joe Gebbia, and Cooper Hewitt Curatorial Director Cara McCarty.

Who is this class for? Designers seeking new paths, enthusiasts discovering their creative identity, entrepreneurs eager to start a new type of company, and so many more.

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Truly enjoyed taking in the course! Insightful; with the capacity to change what we thought leadership was. Highly recommendable. Thank you for creating and sharing this with us!
Fantastic Class.. I think John is extremely powerful in delivering the message he has intended to provide through this course. One can see through his curious mind and approach .. leaves me feeling inspired in both thoughts and actions. Must Do course for all creative minds.
I have been struggling with how to move my work forward, and your curiosity video made me realise that is what is missing and I need to bring it back into my working process. My only negative feedback would be that you talked about diversity in your introductory video but you only interviewed one woman and possibly only one person from another country.





John Maeda

Design Partner, KPCB

John Maeda joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2013 as Design Partner, where he works within KPCB's ProductWorks program helping entrepreneurs and portfolio companies to build design into their company cultures. He served as the 16th president of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) from 2008 through 2013. During his tenure, RISD saw increased applications, fundraising, and career placements. Prior to RISD, John spent 13 years at the MIT Media Lab as a professor and head of research. T...

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