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Fred Dust

Partner and Global Managing Director, IDEO LLC


Fred Dust works with leaders and change agents to unlock the creative potential of business, government, educational, and philanthropic organizations. A partner at IDEO, the acclaimed international design firm, Fred is a leading voice and practitioner of human-centered design and networked innovation. Fred helps organizations in media, finance, retail, and health confront significant disruption stemming from shifts in consumer behavior, social trends, economic pressures, and new technology. He is driven to catalyze networks to create change, and is particularly invested in developing new structures that can leverage the increased overlap between public, private, and philanthropic sectors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for, the New School, and NPR as well as on the Board of Trustees for the Sundance Institute. Prior to IDEO, Dust was a project architect at Fernau & Hartman and spent eight years working with independent artists and major art organizations.