JOHN BROCKMAN is a cultural impresario whose career has encompassed the avant-garde art world, science, books, software, and the Internet. In the 1960s he coined the word "intermedia" and pioneered "intermedia kinetic environments" in art, theatre, and commerce, while also consulting for clients such as General Electric, Columbia Pictures, Scott Paper, The Pentagon, and the White House.
In 1973 he formed Brockman, Inc., the international literary and software agency specializing in serious nonfiction. He is founder and publisher of the online salon Edge.org, the highly acclaimed website devoted to discussions of cutting-edge science by many of the world's brilliant thinkers, the leaders of what he has termed "the third culture."
In 1985 he hosted the first “Millionaires’ Dinner” (so named by The Wall Street Journal front page), which, in 1999, was rebranded by the WSJ as “The Billionaires’ Dinner,” an event that regularly brings together the founders of the major internet companies.
He is the only person to be profiled on the cover page of the Sunday New York Times “Arts & Leisure” section ("So What Happens After Happenings," 1966); and The New York Times “Science Times” ("Nimble Deal-Maker For Stars of Science," 1997); and one of the few people to be profiled twice in The Guardian ("The Hustler," 2005; "The Man Who Runs The World's Smartest Website," 2012). Over the past 54 years he has been profiled in dozens of the most important publications throughout the world.
His numerous books include (as author) The Third Culture and By the Late John Brockman, and as editor, Possible Minds: 25 Ways of Looking at AI, the Edge Question book series, which includes This Idea is Brilliant, Know This, This Idea Must Die, This Explains Everything, This Will Make You Smarter, and other volumes. He lives in New York City.
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By Andrian Kreye 3.15.2019
John Brockman has long called for, and practiced, the unification of the natural sciences and humanities into what he has called “the third culture”. He is the founder of the debate forum Edge.org, where scientists, writers and artists work together to ask the great questions of the present. Since 1981, his "Reality Club" has held gatherings in New York, San Francisco or London in pubs, lofts, museums and living rooms. In 1996, he migrated the debate to Edge.org on the web, which led to his Edge dinners.