David Edwards, creator, writer and Harvard University professor, is the leader of an international creativity movement, described in his book The Lab: Creativity and Culture (Harvard University Press 2010). Edwards’ commitment to social and cultural engagement through collaborative artistic and scientific discovery has led to remarkable arts partnerships, technological advances, and design solutions.
Recently translated in French as Le Manifeste du Laboratoire (Odile Jacob, 2011), The Lab describes how, like a Bauhaus for the 21st century, cultural experimentation can provide a rich setting for socially beneficial innovation and learning. The Lab follows up Artscience: Creativity in the Post-Google Generation (Harvard University Press 2008), an essay that explores innovation as a creative process that is neither completely aesthetic nor scientific, but a fusion of the deductive logic of scientific experimentation with the intuitive inspiration of artistic creation.
Edwards has founded several innovation organizations in the USA, Europe and Africa, including Le Laboratoire, a cultural center in Paris, and Idea Translation Labs in Boston, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Cape Town, South Africa. These labs form the network of ArtScience Labs and manage the creative educational program, The ArtScience Prize. Edwards is also the founder of different for and not-for-profit organizations around the world.
Edwards is the inventor of several commercial innovations available in stores internationally (as well as ArtScience Lab’s own Laboshop), including Le Whif (breathable chocolate, coffee and vitamin supplements), the ecological filter Andrea, and the new water transport product, The Pumpkin. His medical science innovations have led to several biopharmaceutical organizations and NGOs, including Advanced Inhalation Research (purchased by Alkermes in 1999), Pulmatrix (Massachusetts), and Medicine in Need (MEND) in Cambridge, MA, Paris, France, and Pretoria, South Africa.
Edwards was made the youngest member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2001, and in 2008 a member of the French National Academy of Engineering. For his essays and novels and notably his work in the art and design, he became a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of the French Ministry of Culture in 2008. In 2010 he introduced ArtScience Labs at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
More information on David Edwards’ creative work can be found at davidideas.com.