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Dr. John Lewis

John Lewis, Ed.D. is Digital Learning and Knowledge Strategist and Owner at Explanation Age, Adjunct Faculty and part-time professor at Kent State University, and Chief Knowledge Officer at SearchBlox Software. He is Author, Speaker, Consultant, and Coach on the topics of Knowledge Management, Learning, and Leadership.  He is also a member of the Review Board for the Journal of Knowledge Management and Associate Editor of the Journal of Innovation Management. John is also a founding member of EBLI (Evidence-Based Learning Institute), where he currently serves as its President.

John has pioneered new business and learning models found in his books The Explanation Age and Story Thinking. He also coauthored Leading with the Future in Mind: Knowledge and Emergent Leadership. He was acknowledged by Gartner with an industry Best Practice paper for a knowledge management strategy and implementation.

His research interests are in Cognitive Psychology, Educational Psychology, and Organizational Psychology. His unified model for learning and change, ADIIEA, is the first strategic business model designed specifically to support a Learning Organization. This unified model is featured in his book Story Thinking: Transforming Organizations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution with replacement models for Bloom's Taxonomy, Double-Loop Learning, Six Sigma, and Policy Making.

At Searchblox, John serves as Chief Knowledge Officer and provides thought leadership on insight engines and cognitive computing. Their enterprise search products securely deliver the right data to the user.

John has also been at Iknow since 2016 as Change Management and Leadership Specialist and was the Cofounder and Leadership Coach at The CoHero Institute for Collaborative Change Leadership between 2013 and 2019.  

John earned his Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California, with a dissertation focus on mental models and decision making. He earned his Master of Arts Degree in Instructional Design and Technology from San Jose State University and received its outstanding graduate research award. He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communications with a Mathematics minor from Towson University and an Associate of Arts Degree in Computer Programming from the College of Southern Maryland. He also earned a Six Sigma Certification (Green Belt).

Previously, John worked for several leading global organizations including Adobe Systems as Manager of the Instructional Design, for PricewaterhouseCoopers as Principal Consultant, for Capital One as the Head of Call Center Knowledge Systems, for Lockheed Martin as Lead Instructional Designer, and for the Applied Research Lab at Penn State University.  

As a consultant, he was acknowledged by Gartner with a business KM Best Practice paper and has delivered a Thought Leader presentation at the Canadian Society for Training and Development conference, and a Masters Series presentation at the International Society for Performance Improvement Conference. 

His clients include Allianz Global Assistance, American Heart Association (VA Stroke Task Force), Asurion, Educational Media Creations, Gander Mountain, Hewlett-Packard, i4C Innovations, Impact Makers, Intersections, Long Beach Health & Human Services, and the Schwan Food Company.

Listen to John Lewis on Because You Need to Know.

Read The Deeper Purpose of Knowledge Management. Read The intelligent social change journey: Moving into the information field of consciousness.

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