Howard J. Brown
Howard J. Brown is an upbeat, inspiring speaker who delivers a much-needed perspective on thriving in a world with growing resource demands. His proven speaking skills are backed by more than 30 years of experience as a featured speaker, panel member, and workshop facilitator in a variety of business and conference settings for executives and environmental managers. He combines this experience with fresh ideas and examples of cutting-edge innovations.
Howard is the co-author of “Naked Value: Six Things Every Business Leader Needs to Know About Resources, Innovation & Competition” and has founded several business ventures to help companies align good business and environmental practices and create more value. For more than 20 years as CEO of Resource Planning & Management Systems (RPM), Inc., in New Haven, Connecticut, he worked with major corporations to establish or enhance their environmental practices and performance. His proven techniques are still state-of-the-art at universities and corporations around the globe today, and he continues to push the leading edge with new ideas.
Most recently, Howard co-founded dMASS Inc., which identifies resource-related risks and opportunities for businesses and investors and tracks ground-breaking business and technology innovations that do “better with less.” The dMASS videos “Design Matters: Better with Less” and “Value Matters: Innovation Has Direction,” both of which were narrated by Howard, have reached more than 40,000 viewers.
Howard was also a founder of The World Game Institute and taught at Yale University and at Wesleyan University. He was a student and colleague of R. Buckminster Fuller and is an authority on the social and economic implications of Fuller’s work.
- Bristol-Myer Squibb
- General Electric
- Wm. Wrigley Jr.Company
- Bethlehem Steel
- John Deere
- Stanley Works
- General Signal
- Mobil Oil
- Avery Dennison
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Multiple state & local governments and utilities
In his talks, which are tailored with examples and insights for a given audience, Howard:
- Uses examples to demonstrate how companies are leveraging knowledge to do much better with much less and transforming everything from consumer products to infrastructure
- Shows why intensifying global demand for constrained resources is the most important issue for business today
- Introduces audiences to new ways of thinking about value, competition, and measurement
- Explains how environmental and business management can be profitably aligned
Recent talks include:
- A keynote at the NAEM Annual Forum, “EHS & Sustainability Success in the New Economic Era”
- A panel discussion at the 5th Mediterranean Green Economy Forum in Barcelona
- A design workshop to kick off the Design for Social Innovation MFA program at the School of Visual Arts
- A keynote presentation at a private business conference
As the conference keynote, Howard Brown captivated our audience. Howard offered a new kind of thinking that’s both pragmatic and positive by showcasing revolutionary technologies and business opportunities that offer hope for solving seemingly intractable challenges in business, sustainability, and manufacturing. His presentation at our conference resonated with the audience of 600 seasoned business and environmental professionals. It stimulated thinking that continued throughout our three-day conference. I feel that Howard is doing nothing less than helping redefine the way we think about progress, sustainability, and business success and I’m confident that he would provide a major contribution to any size group of business leaders or design professionals interested in shaping the next generation of business. It is an optimistic viewpoint of how revolutionary technologies and new ways of thinking about how to use them can offer hope of solving so many of the seemingly intractable challenges for business, manufacturing and sustainability. Howard offers a new intellectual framework and real solutions that can be adopted to solve real business problems. He showcases new business and technological opportunities, and he shows how to apply new technologies. I’m confident that his presentation would be a major contribution to any size group of business leaders or design professionals interested in shaping the next generation of business. Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director, National Association of (corporate) Environmental Managers
As our keynote speaker at a recent conference, Howard energized and enlightened our audience by sharing an exciting and practical vision for the future of sustainable business. He inspired us with examples of companies that are paving the way in strategic resource use – companies that are delivering light without light bulbs or well-manicured lawns without lawnmowers. In conference feedback, attendees described the talk as eye-opening, entertaining, and excellent. I highly recommend Howard to any conference organizer seeking a speaker who will inspire and introduce new ideas that audience members can use long after the conference ends. Laura Murphy, Vice President of Customer Experience, KMI.
Howard and I shared a panel at the Eco Meda Green Forum on waste in Barcelona. His talk left a lasting impression on me. As I listened I realized that, finally, someone is thinking about waste reduction at the initial design stage. It’s rare to see such foresight in manufacturing. It was extremely valuable to see actual, tangible examples of the principles he was talking about, and to see that others are doing something about waste reduction instead of just philosophizing. I hope our paths will cross again soon. Ziad Abichaker, CEO and Founder, Cedar Environmental.
Centerbrook welcomes more than 50 speakers each year to keep up with latest developments and to further our continuing professional education. Howard Brown spoke to our architectural staff recently, presenting a truly fresh and innovative approach to sustainable design that has had a lasting influence on the discourse in our firm. His talk was at once educational, inspiring, and entertaining. It proved to be the most popular of the year by far among our team of architects and designers. Mark Simon, Principal, Centerbrook Architects and Planners.
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