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Photo: John Brockman, Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan at the Factory 1966

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 BrilliantKnow 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.

"John Brockman's dinners are today's 'Roundtables'"

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“If the creation of contemporary culture had a global hero, his name would coincide with that of John Brockman.”

Interview by Gianluigi Ricuperati 3.11.18

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Ask the Founder of one of the smartest websites in the world

Interview by Yang Lu
January 2018

(Primary criteria for selection to the 2017 “Global 30” is the influence on Chinese society. Political figures are not included in the selection.)

约翰·布罗克曼 John Brockman: Awkwardness, confusion, and contradiction are my three best friends.

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“The omnipresent head of publicist John Brockman...represents the most spectacular advertising gambit in recent memory, and one of the most misleading ads ever. No movie could look THAT depraved!”

by R.C. Baker 11.6.18

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“Brockman is a piper, key character and mastermind. He has coined the term 'third culture' because he wants to bridge the gap between the humanities and natural sciences.”

by Philipp Holstein 8.22.18

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"I have three friends: confusion, contradiction, and awkwardness," Brockman says. "That’s how I try to meander through life. Make it strange."

Literary agent John Brockman flouts the boundaries between art and science.

By Bettina Korek, Portrait by Ogata
November 10, 2016

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"The longer you talk to Brockman, the more the metaphor of the 'intellectual enzyme' begins to shine." 

By Andrea Köhler 3.11.2017

For more than half a century John Brockman has been inspiring artists and scientists to ask innovative questions. His website Edge.org has established itself as a forum for forward-looking ideas.