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Grace Hawthorne is an entrepreneur, artist, author and educator. She is the Founder/CEO of Paper Punk, an award winning Origami meets LEGO mashup that helps people exercise their creativity and Foldmade, an innovative work supply system that helps people get stuff done. As an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University’s design institute (aka: the, she teaches courses on creativity and failure and started a groundbreaking research project on creative capacity building published in Science and covered by Wired magazine. Previously, she founded ReadyMade, the culturally groundbreaking design magazine that ignited the maker movement, and led its acquisition by Meredith Corporation (NASDAQ: MDP). She co-authored the critically acclaimed book on reuse design, ReadyMade: How to Make Almost Everything (Random House/Potter). Her artwork has been exhibited in several national museums including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum Triennial and you can find her products on shelves of mass retailers nationwide. She believes that (almost) everything is possible.


As an entrepreneur, educator, author and artist - my life’s work has been focused on finding ways to cultivate human creativity by inspiring and activating people into action.


Out in industry- I do this through creating consumer products like stationery, magazines, books and toys sold in mass retailers nationwide. 


At Stanford’s dschool- I teach experiential courses that fortify personal skill sets around creativity+innovation, and conduct scientific research on the efficacy of these efforts.


"Let's shift the conversation from 'creativity' as a skill, noun, or rarified attribute to a way of being. We are all  'creators'. This puts each of us in the driver's seat of our current circumstances and our desired future outcome. It's all for our making."

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