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EARTH DAY: Dave Johnson on Climate Change, Activism, Stanford Law School, Biden's Build Back Better Policies, Silicon Valley Tech Companies, Design, and The Role of Civil Disobedience
Episode 8522nd April 2022 • A World of Difference • Lori Adams-Brown
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Dave Johnson is a lawyer, teacher and writer. He has served as general counsel for several tech companies in Silicon Valley across the last twenty years. For the last decade he has held teaching and research posts at Stanford Law School, as well as the Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford. Dave’s client list included some of the biggest names in science and technology: Apple, Caliper, Google, McKesson, and The Computer History Museum.

He has testified before Congress and the California Assembly on technology policy matters, and as expert witness on intellectual property in federal court. His most recent article, Design for Legal Systems, was published by the Singapore Academy of Law in Spring 2021. For his JSM degree in Environmental Law and Policy at Stanford, Dave’s thesis examined software design methods and their potential to improve global environmental policy, especially with respect to climate change.

He is currently working on a book titled Climate Activism by Design, bringing design principles to bear on citizen activists responding to corporate and government inaction on this immediate, existential crisis facing all of humankind.





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