Brent Dixon

Brent Dixon

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Brent Dixon is an interdisciplinary designer, educator, and community organizer. He currently serves as Chief Design Officer for Trabian, a digital prototyping studio that builds human-centered, values-based financial technology.

Brent has spent his career exploring and championing ways in which grassroots community activation can overcome systemic challenges in consumer finance, education, government, and sustainable development.

Previously, Brent worked as an Innovation Specialist within the United Nations Secretariat. During this time, he lead the creation of Unite Labs, an experimental think-and-do-tank housed in the UN’s Office of Information and Communication Technology, co-chaired the newly-created UN Innovation Network, and worked to increase public participation in the UN system through the UN’s Non-Governmental Liaison Service.

In 2010, while advising for the consumer financial think-tank The Filene Research Institute, Brent founded the The Cooperative Trust, a network of young people fighting for the future of socially responsible finance. The Cooperative Trust has since grown into a global network of thousands of young professionals. In 2017, the community was recognized for its impact with a Herb Wegner Award – the highest award in the credit union industry.

Brent has partnered with groups such as PBS Kids, TEDxAustin, and South by Southwest to create hands-on science, technology, art and design learning experiences for kids.

He was a 2012 Future of Finance Teaching Fellow at Singularity University and mentored 80 entrepreneurs and researchers from 36 countries on using disruptive technology to address global challenges.

Outside of Trabian, Brent volunteers in Greece as a co-organizer with Communitere, an international NGO helping displaced and post-disaster communities become self-reliant.

Speaking Topics

  • Frameworks for Successful Experimentation
  • Innovation through Community Activation
  • Growing from Design Thinking to Systems Thinking
  • Disruptive Technology
  • Rapid Prototyping for Financial Technology