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Eileen Clegg & Bonnie DeVarco, authors of Shape of Thought

Eileen Clegg is a visual journalist, book author and founder of the company Visual Insight, creating large-scale, real-time murals for organizations. She invokes visual language to wordlessly capture the ideas, intuition and shared vision of groups. In her work, Eileen combines contemporary reporting techniques with ancient, universal symbols. Among her large-scale history timelines is a 100-year history of the co-evolution of culture and technology, exhibited at Program for the Future celebrating the 1968 launch of the personal computing revolution. Her Visual Insight clients have included Art Center College of Design, IBM, O'Reilly Media, American Society of Training and Development, and the Gates Foundation's Model Secondary Schools Program. Eileen was a daily newspaper journalist for many years before joining Institute for the Future in 1999, where large-scale graphics were used in futures forecasting. She developed her unique visual journalism approach in 2001. Publications include: Claiming Your Creative Self (New Harbinger 1999), the Corporate University Workbook (Jossey Bass Pfeiffer 2005) and most recently Evolving Collective Intelligence with Doug Engelbart and Valerie Landau (NextNow Collab Press 2008). She is working on a book documenting The Visual Insight Process, and collaborating with Bonnie DeVarco on a book about the history and evolution of visual language, Shape of Thought. She has illustrated numerous books and multi-media presentations including Creating a Learning Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2004). www.visualinsight.net


Bonnie DeVarco is an interdisciplinary researcher, writer and curator and a Media X Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford University. With an academic background in cultural anthropology, dance ethnology and archives management, she writes and lectures on Design Science, virtual worlds, next generation geographic information systems, information visualization and the culture of cyberspace. She has served as an education technology consultant to non-profit, corporate and educational organizations for the past 20 years (including PBS, AIANY Center for Architecture, San Diego and Imperial County Boards of Education, James Burke's Knowledge Web, UC Santa Cruz, UCOP, the Buckminster Fuller Institute, DigitalSpace, Silicon Graphics and others). She helped develop multi-institutional programs for distance and media enhanced learning for the University of California Office of the President and served as research and development consultant for the UC College Prep Initiative (UCCP), one of the first statewide virtual high school programs 1998-2003. Bonnie serves on a variety of advisory boards, including Places & Spaces - Mapping Science International Exhibition series and the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Prize. She served as archivist for the Buckminster Fuller collection from 1989-1995 and is completing a book on Fuller titled Invisible Architecture II. She is currently co-authoring Shape of Thought, on the history and evolution of visual language with Eileen Clegg and is co-editing a book on virtual cartographies. http://scaleindependentthought.typepad.com