Starting in June 2012, John and partner Courtney Martin were brought on as strategic advisors to the new $1,000,000 TED Prize and co-leads of The City 2.0 (2012 TED Prize), both of which were re-launched at the 2012 TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh, Scotland.
The Aspen Institute
In 2013, John and partner Courtney Martin became strategic advisors to Aspen Global Health & Development (GHD) program of The Aspen Institute, promoting breakthrough solutions to some of the most pressing global challenges of our time.
University of Minnesota College of Design
In 2012, John Cary joined the University of Minnesota College of Design as a research fellow, focused on public interest design, working alongside Dean Thomas Fisher. The culmination of his work was the inaugural Public Interest Design Week, held March 19-24, 2013.
In 2013, John joined the Board of Advisors of Nyaya Health, a leading organization delivering transparent, data-driven health care for Nepal’s rural poor. Nyaya believes that great design is critical to providing dignity for their patients.
In 2013, John became a strategic advisor to J&J Invision, a leading commercial carpet manufacturer, based in Dalton, Ga., which is exploring the intersection of design and social responsibility.
In 2012, John and partner Courtney Martin were the first-ever guest curators in residence at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco, assembling a major exhibition on public interest design and storytelling, which opened on October 4. Since that time, John has been advising Autodesk on the launch of a first-of-its-kind foundation supporting “impact design.”
In 2012, John was a Boehm Media Fellow of the annual Opportunity Collaboration “non-conference” for social entrepreneurs and philanthropists.
Design Futures Council
In 2006, at age 29, John became the youngest-ever person named a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, alongside the likes of Energy Sec. Steve Chu, Vice President Al Gore, and design guru Bruce Mau. He is the founder the DFC Emerging Leaders Scholarship program, sponsored by DuPont.
American Academy in Rome
In 2008, John held the Rome Prize fellowship in design at the American Academy in Rome, where he curated an exhibition on photographer Fausto Giaccone and the 1968 Battle of Valle Giulia.
Aspen Ideas Festival
In 2007, John was among the inaugural class of Ideas Fellows of the Aspen Institute‘s Ideas Festival. Now called scholars, John has successfully nominated over a dozen and a half emerging leaders to participate in the program.
In 2011, John launched PublicInterestDesign.org, where he blogs daily about the growing public interest design movement.
In 2009, John held the Practitioner Residency at the Rockefeller Foundation‘s Bellagio Center on Lake Como in Northern Italy. He remains involved as an ambassador and evaluator for the program.
In 2011, John became a founding member of the Fetzer Institute‘s Advisory Council on The Design Professions, which has allocated $1 million in new funding to support design initiatives around compassion, love, and forgiveness.
Since 2002, John has been a close advisor to the Taproot Foundation, the largest nonprofit consulting practice in the world, and its founder, Aaron Hurst. John facilitated the redesign of the organization’s San Francisco offices by HOK and aided in furnishing its new New York offices.
Since 2010, John has been a Global Leader of the BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt, aka the BMW Foundation.
American Institute of Architects
Last, because people frequently ask, John is a longtime member of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), having held appointed and elected leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels over more than a decade. ArchVoices, the Berkeley Prize Competition, and Public Architecture all earned AIA National Honor Awards for Collaborative Achievement under his leadership.