Flynn Coleman is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Strategic Design and Managment at Parsons School of Design. She is also an international human rights attorney, an educator, an author, a public speaker, a social entrepreneur and innovator, an ethical fashion designer, a mindfulness, innovation, and creativity teacher, a social justice activist, a former competitive athlete, and a founder and CEO.
Her forthcoming book, Rust and Stardust: How Technology Is Redefining What It Means to be Human, will be published in fall 2019.
Flynn has worked with the United Nations, the United States Federal Government, and with international corporations, universities, and human rights organizations around the world. She holds a BSFS from Georgetown University, a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law, and an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has also studied at La Sorbonne, the University of Cambridge, Trinity College Dublin, La Universidad de Chile, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal, and Université de Genève.
She speaks five languages, and her wanderings have taken her from rebuilding homes and schools in New Orleans and Fiji, to distributing gifts to children in Haiti and school supplies in Guatemala and Ethiopia, to teaching How to Make a Difference in a Mongolian yurt in the English countryside, to huffing up Mount Kilimanjaro with her dad, to zodiac boating in Alaska with her mom.
BSFS, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service
JD, UC Berkeley School of Law
LLM, London School of Economics and Political Science
economic development, international trade, war crimes, gender equality, global literature, behavioral economics, political reconciliation, artificial intelligence, the future of autonomous weaponry and war, ethical design, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, human rights, global citizenship and global justice, refugee and immigration issues, storytelling, redefining success, sustainability, the future of work, purpose, technology, and humanity
Honoree of the 2018 NCP Visionary Award
Council on Foreign Relations Stephen M. Kellen Member
Henry Luce Scholar
Designed Good Changemaker
United Nations Writing Competition Winner
Inaugural Recipient of the Women in Sports Award
Strategic D+M in New Economies
New Design Firms
Design Innovation + Leadership
Ethical Decisions & Leadership