Marianne brings a unique alumni perspective to her role at Singularity University. One of just forty students in SU’s inaugural Graduate Studies Program in 2009, she was a member of Team Acasa, which proposed leveraging exponential advances in rapid, automated 3D printing technologies to construct sustainable, affordable housing in the developing world. Marianne currently supports GSP students throughout their transformative SU experience, including admissions, scholarships, and student relations. She also leads a special initiative to recruit outstanding women to join the global SU community.
In 2012 Marianne will receive a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan’s School of Information, where she also earned a master’s degree, as well as a graduate certificate in science, technology, and society. She was appointed to the university’s Institutional Review Board for the Behavioral Sciences, with formal oversight of all complex research activities. Marianne also was appointed to a presidential task force that established the Center for Ethics in Public Life. She developed and taught courses on innovation law and policy; creativity; futures studies and forecasting; digital storytelling; and science fiction. In addition, she designed a major exhibit on artificial intelligence at the renowned Boston Museum of Science, which included many of Ray Kurzweil’s most notable inventions.
Marianne previously graduated from Yale Law School, and practiced and taught intellectual property law (patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and antitrust) during a twenty-year period. She also joined an early startup in the legal technology sector. Her commitment to addressing global grand challenges was honed during several years as an attorney at the National Center on Philanthropy and the Law at NYU Law School. Her nonprofit expertise includes national service in AmeriCorps and the Community Information Corps, as well as teaching university courses on the NGO sector.
Marianne’s research explores the humanistic impact of disruptive innovation upon our personal values, as well as upon our relationships with one another. Her publications and presentations examine the cultural, policy, legal, and ethical implications of sociotechnical ecosystems for the future of humanity. She created an existential risk assessment framework called “frontier phronesis” as a decisionmaking tool under conditions of uncertainty that involve emerging technologies. As a futurist, strategist, and philanthropist, Marianne’s many professional honors and awards include annual recognition in Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. A vocalist who has performed in concert with choral groups nationwide, Marianne enjoys putting the “sing” in Singularity!