Selected Works

Books
Humanity remaking itself through technology
The self-cancelling, self-frustrating side of human ingenuity, and what to do about it.
Magazine Articles
A review of James R. Chiles, Inviting Disaster: Lessons from the Edge of Technology in Harvard Magazine
How sitting customs have affected the human body
Are big structures harbingers of decline?
Harvard's debt to the shoe industry
The Harvard Society of Fellows, a history and personal appreciation
Books/Essays
The U.S. military-industrial complex's surprising debt to France.

Speaking

"Like other authors, I am often pleasantly surprised by the uses that readers find in my work, although that is exactly what a specialist in unintended consequences should expect. I am not now represented by a lecture bureau; invitations have come from senior executives, committee members, and meeting planners who have read my work or articles citing it.

"Most of my hosts have something in common: they are problem solvers, whether in business, government, education, or religion. They are looking for fresh approaches to the human side of technology. I do my best to give each audience new ideas to think about and debate, with unusual examples and carefully researched images.I am now working on a new book on positive unintended consequences, a historical view of human resilience from technology, business, and politics to the arts, and a new approach to benefiting from social and personal crises.

"A number of my lectures are on the Web via YouTube and other video sites. I have also given master classes in writing and design programs.I welcome discussions for 2011-2012." -- Edward Tenner

Some Past Engagements


Business and Technology

Intel Corp.

AT&T

Microsoft

IDEO

COMDEX

Document Management Industries Association

National Agricultural Marketing Association (Kansas City chapter)



Scientific and Professional Societies

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Institute of Architects, Professional Practice Division

American Physical Society (Northeast Regional Meeting)

American Library Association

Urban Libraries Conference

Middle Atlantic Regional Archivists Conference/​New England Archivists

Philadelphia College of Physicians (Medical Informatics Working Group)

Harold Medina Seminar for Judges (June 2005; opening lecture)

Society for the Study of Social Problems (August 2005; keynote)



Security and Privacy

National Summit on White-Collar Crime (first two meetings)

National Computer Security Association

State Department Overseas Security Advisory Council

Association for Computing Machinery/​American Civil Liberties Union


Academic and Literary Speeches, Colloquiua, and Seminars

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Distinguished Speakers Series, Honors Program)

Amherst College

Rider University (keynote speaker)

Princeton University Library

Friends of the Princeton University Library

California Institute of Technology

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Stetson University

University of Pennsylvania

Indiana University (Distinguished Lecturer, Center for Social Informatics)

Case Western Reserve University (Harvey Wish Memorial Lecturer, Department of History)

George Mason University

Furman University

Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

Bellarmine University

Yale University

Friends of the Queens College Library

Miami Book Fair

National Museum of American History (3 events)

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Urania-Gesellschaft (adult education center), Berlin*

Internationales Forum für Gestaltung, Ulm

Museum für Gestaltung, Basel*

Institute of Ecotechnics, Aix-en-Provence, France

Berkshire Conference on the Arts, Williamstown, Mass.

*in German


Community and Religious

Smithsonian Resident Associates, Washington, D.C.

Friends of the Princeton, N.J. Public Library

Greenville, S.C. Public Library

Ethical Culture Society, New York

Unitarian Church, Princeton

The Nassau Club, Princeton