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Iain Kerr

Clinical Specialist, Management

Email:
kerri@montclair.edu
Degrees:
BA, University of Texas at Austin
MA, University of Texas at Austin
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Bio

Iain Kerr is a professor and designer working at the intersection of creativity, ecology, and emergent systems to make novels worlds possible. His unique approach evolves from over twenty plus years of experimenting across and beyond the zones of Architecture, Design, Ecology, Art, Creativity Studies, Ethnobotany, Food Studies, Systems Thinking, Social Entrepreneurship, Commons Studies and Philosophy. His focus is on designing collective creative processes to transform seemingly intractable problems into problems worth having for worlds worth making.
Iain is the Co-Director of the MIX Lab at Montclair State University.

Expertise

Innovation, Creativity, Changemaking, Process Philosophy, Enactive Creativity, Entrepreneurship, Social Entrepreneurship, Design

Professional Experience

  • Visiting Professor of Art & Environment, Pitzer College (2014 - 2014)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Bates College, Maine (2011 - 2011)
  • Adjunct, Department of Art, Montclair State University (2010 - 2015)
  • Founder and Principle, SPURSE (1998 - Present)
  • Visiting Scholar, NYU (2015 - 2015)
  • Visiting professor, NYU (2015 - 2015)
  • Instructional Specialist, Montclair State University (2015 - Present)
  • Associate Professor, University of Maine, Intermedia Department (2009 - Present)

Consulting

  • Management Consulting, With Emergent Futures Lab. (September 2021 - Present). Helping organizations build resilient and adaptable ecosystems that foster spontaneous, organic, and ground-breaking innovation.
  • Training/Education, Kent Place. (May 2018 - Present). Develop and teach custom pedagogy on Innovation, Entrepreneurship & ethics. Summer program. Highschool.
  • Technical/Professional Work, Picatinny Arsenal. (January 2017 - Present). Data + Analytics of 3d printing for field deployment
  • Training/Education, Weston Scholars. (June 2016 - Present). Develop custom Innovation Pedagogy and deliver for gifted high school students. Summer Program.
  • Training/Education, West Orange. (January 2016 - Present). 3d printing and innovation consulting
  • Technical/Professional Work, MadLab. (January 2016 - Present). Design consultant. Commercial architecture to object design.
  • Academic, B.E.L.A. Summer Workshop at Montclair State. (June 2022 - July 2022). Two 2-week experiential business and entrepreneurship program for Montclair high school students. Focusing on: Program Theme: The program’s theme is: “What does our community need?” focusing on theSouth End of Montclair (the area around the intersection of orange rd & cedar ave.) as applied through the lens of Covid-19, developing innovations for the residents and entrepreneurs of our local community in response to the devastating effects Coronavirus has had on all aspects of our society. Theme sub-topics may include but are not limited to:● Small business● Main street● Housing: rent control, mortgage, home-ownership, rental properties, etc..● PPE device solutions
  • Academic, B.E.L.A. Summer Workshop . (July 2021 - July 2021). Two 2-week experiential business and entrepreneurship program for Montclair high school students. Focusing on: Program Theme: The program’s theme is: “What does our community need?” focusing on theSouth End of Montclair (the area around the intersection of orange rd & cedar ave.) as applied through the lens of Covid-19, developing innovations for the residents and entrepreneurs of our local community in response to the devastating effects Coronavirus has had on all aspects of our society. Theme sub-topics may include but are not limited to:● Small business● Main street● Housing: rent control, mortgage, home-ownership, rental properties, etc..● PPE device solutions
  • Technical/Professional Work, North Atlantic Marine Association. (January 2009 - May 2011). Working on innovation for outreach
  • Management Consulting, NJ Transit. (September 2016 - December 2016). 8 week, 1 day a week program teaching Innovation, Systems Thinking and Entrepreneurship. A customized program, mid/ high-level management.
  • Management Consulting, NJ Transit. (September 2016 - December 2016). 8 week, 1 day a week program teaching Innovation, Systems Thinking and Entrepreneurship. A customized program, mid/ high-level management.
  • Academic, University of Washington Performing Arts Program. (March 2015 - December 2015). Helping rethink the mission and delivery of program for the future. Workshops, Research, Whitepaper. Deep Consultation.
  • Academic, North Hunterdon High School System. (May 2017 - August 2017). Workshop. Teach Upper-level administrators & teachers Innovation and how to teach this skill.
  • Technical/Professional Work, Detroit . (January 2017 - October 2017). Collaborating with Ghana Think Tank on Urban renewal programs in Detroit
  • Academic, Montclair High School. (March 2018 - July 2018). Develop Curriculum on Design and Innovation + 3d printing integration. High School and Middle School.
  • Academic, BELA -- Summer Workshop. (June 2023 - Present). Two 2-week experiential business and entrepreneurship program for Montclair high school students. Focusing on: Program Theme: The program’s theme is: “What does our community need?” focusing on theSouth End of Montclair (the area around the intersection of orange rd & cedar ave.) as applied through the lens of Covid-19, developing innovations for the residents and entrepreneurs of our local community in response to the devastating effects Coronavirus has had on all aspects of our society. Theme sub-topics may include but are not limited to:● Small business● Main street● Housing: rent control, mortgage, home-ownership, rental properties, etc..● PPE device solutions

Honors & Awards

  • Best Overall Poster, Venture Well Conference (March 2018)

Refereed Published Articles

  • I. Kerr, J. Frasca (2016). Making Is Thinking – How Doing Transforms Our Thinking Centric Paradigm Of Innovation And Education. International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces

Published Proceedings

  • I. Kerr, J. Frasca (5s). 2016. What Comes After Design Thinking? Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers

Books & Chapters

  • I. Kerr (2015). SPURSE, Code Book for Commons.
  • I. Kerr (2015). The Eat Your Sidewalk Cookbook.
  • I. Kerr, J. Frasca (2021). INNOVATING EMERGENT FUTURES The Innovation Design Approach for Change and Worldmaking. Self Pubished