Boris Anthony


I do a bunch of stuff.

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Firstly, my overall goal is to help grow human awareness. This is what I test everything I do against.
I do this by applying my primary skill: create distilled, modular models of complexity to render it tractable.

What does that mean?!

I figure things out, outlining early hunches. I seek the positive, the socially valuable opportunities when looking at new situations, problematic or otherwise.

My process is essentially this:
Break it down, abstract it up, figure it out, try it on.

I believe progress and innovation are based in creativity, experimentation, experience and desire to go further.

I help you
— frame the important Why? What if? How? questions an organization should be asking itself.
— structure vision, strategy & tactics, so that they can become cultural artefacts.

Have a wicked problem? I can give you a new perspective.

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I am co-founder and strategic director of The Rebus Foundation, a non-profit organization bringing books to the Web. We‘ve begun by delivering web-based solutions to the Open Education Resources and Open Textbooks movements, via a ”future of work“ collaborative publication & distribution platform, generously funded by the Hewlett Foundation. With the support of the Mellon Foundation, we are diving into the future of webbook collecting, reading and annotation experiences.

If you'd like to know more about any of that, please get in touch.

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As a designer*, I work at the strategic level, synthesizing foresight, outlining paths forward and writing briefs. Practically, I have a lifetime of experience developing product & service systems laying out modular, organic experience architectures spanning brand and marketing to UX and engineering.

I know how to grow design teams not only ←out→ but up ↑, as well as bridge design, engineering and business cultures. I advise organizations on how best to place their design investments.

For all these sorts of things, I can be available for short gigs or consultations. Drop me a line.

I understand design as “figuring out how something could be”, not just “making drawings.”

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I read a lot and widely. I research theory, history and ideology across social & political sciences, humanities and design. I love to discuss (but hate to debate).

Eager to share my experience and perspective, I mentor and coach a small number of individuals, broadly on critical thinking, analytical skill, problem solving, decision making and holistic seeing, sometimes also personal & professional development.

I’m always up for speaking engagements, public or private discussions, “outside perspectives” in brainstorming and workshops, as well as one-off or on-retainer pin-point insight and foresight research. Get in touch.

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I'm from Montreal. I currently live in Berlin. I speak English, French and German fluently.
I am often in Japan. I am fluent in the culture, but not the language.
I thrive in diversity. It is life. Ask me how.

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If all this sounds like too much bombast, please remember I am a humble Canadian. Our self-promotion skills are not as developed as some others, so I may have overdone it a bit. Sorry. ;)