David Edwards is a Harvard professor and founder of Le Laboratoire, a new innovation space in downtown Paris where artists and scientists perform collaborative experiments. The outcomes of these experiments are exhibited to the public in the form of contemporary art and design installations. Since its opening in October 2007, Le Laboratoire exhibitions have attracted international media attention, with exhibition themes ranging from contemporary art, to industrial design, to humanitarian advocacy.
The principle of Le Laboratoire as an artscience catalyst for innovation is described in David’s recent book, Artscience: Creativity in the Post-Google Generation (Harvard 2008), which draws on the experience of many contemporary innovators in Boston and internationally. Among these experiences are David’s own as founder of many for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including The Cloud Foundation, a Boston-based foundation that oversees Cloud Place, a dynamic center for urban youth arts, and Medicine in Need, or MEND, a global health not-for-profit funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. MEND is based in Boston, Paris, and Pretoria.
David has received numerous national and international awards for his work. He lives in Boston and Paris with his wife, Aurelie, and three sons.