Senior Fellow in Social Innovation
Anderson is a practitioner faculty whose area of expertise is on complex networked industries and organizations of all kinds. His role is identifying new venture or innovation opportunities. He spent 20 years as a senior lecturer at Babson, and serves as the Lewis Family Distinguished Senior Lecturer in Social Innovation.
He travels the world documenting technologies that are rapidly changing networked human behavior at many levels.
Anderson has 30 years of international commercial and research experience in more than 40 nations. Before Babson he worked on large scale corporate turn-arounds that involved realigning entire demand and supply chains, and global sponsored research programs at MIT. Since coming to Babson he has done similar work in executive education and consulting on all continents.
For 10 years he watched first hand as more than six billion mobile devices were deployed in all areas of the world, and has been tracking how this network is changing global human systems in: media, education, communication, health care, and in basic infrastructure (water, energy, food, housing).
Anderson travels these ecosystems with colleagues capturing changes and opportunities on video, which is then assembled into “living cases” that seek to “bring the action” to people who cannot travel to it. He and colleagues are experimenting with VR to enhance this.
Recently he worked with the Lancet Commission on Global surgery to help document the deployment of laparoscopic surgery in Mongolia.
He is currently working on projects involving global healthcare, genomic innovations in water and waste, the conversion of electric grids to solar/wind, wearables, the infrastructure required for autonomous vehicles, and “the internet of things” that seeks to link all these together.