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Innovating health, wellness, and learning through research and design
MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Award. M.D. Stanford University School of Medicine. Doctor of Musical Arts Stony Brook University. Performance Diploma Johns Hopkins University. I help clients conceptualize inspired solutions to systemic problems and provide concrete analytical, creative and branding frameworks to implement those solutions. I design and build things, make music, and climb on a regular basis.
I believe need is the ultimate driver of innovation. I believe the solutions to our health problems as a whole are best served by innovating with those most in need. I believe health is wellbeing of body, mind, and spirit. Such wellbeing is only achieved together, by caring for each other.
I believe optimized learning is the ultimate preventative medicine. If learning is adapting to cognitive dissonance – a stressor - then doing so joyfully, with a sense of opportunity in challenge, is a life affirming practice and a root solution for health and wellness. I have collaborated on education products and systems for medical students, for musicians, for skaters, tennis players and climbers, and as a daily practice, for myself. I believe in the power of self-perpetuating loops of mindfulness, deliberate practice and high quality training set in learning environments optimized for growth, wonder and awe.
I also think that when a space is at the mysterious edge of knowledge, filled with the unknown, design thinking is a fantastic method to shine light and achieve big results. With its emphasis on empathy, its quick ability to unearth unspoken problems and iterate to useful human solutions, design is an enormously powerful tool for discovery, exploration and innovation. When married with scientific method and other data driven approaches the best of all possible solutions is illuminated.
Selected writings and presentations
2018 Global Health In Transition Presentation and Whitepaper for Dr. Philip Polakoff and Klosters Innovation Partners
2018 Innovation on Reservation for The Center for the American West's Rural Health Conference, Stanford University
2018 Minimalist Training Guide for Climbers
2017 Still Point Tour
2017 AME Infographic
2017 Montessori for Medical Education
2016 Design for a New Medical Education
2015 Flipped Classroom Design Seminar
2014 AAMC WGEA Presenter: Medical Education in the Time of Watson
2014 AAMC WGEA Presenter: Education Innovation in the Time of Watson
2017 Shenson - Medicine and the Muse Grant
2016 Medical Scholars Grant to study and promote art-enabled mindfulness and practitioner wellness
2013- Graduate School of Business Venture Studio Membership
2013 Medical Scholars Grant to study Medical Education
2008 Winner MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Award
2008 Winner NYFA Grant for Gantry Park: A geometry of presence
Benjamin Robison is a MacArthur award winning designer, healthcare consultant, musician, and climber. While completing his MD degree at Stanford University School of Medicine, he has spent the last four years making things that inspire creative action and studying how adults learn. His passion is creating materials and environments that inspire playful engagement, deliberate practice and exploration. Prior to medical school, Ben founded and was the artistic director of the multimedia-for-stage ensemble Ardesco and was the co-founder of the Musicians' Alliance for Peace, a global organization that has produced over three hundred and fifty concerts in over 25 countries. He began studying the violin at age three and has performed as soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician in France, Italy, Greece, Canada and the United States. After winning numerous competitions at a young age, he went on to collaborate with musicians such as Anton Kuerti, Ani Kavafian, the Emerson Quartet, and Luciano Pavarotti. Ben holds music degrees from Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University and Stony Brook University and a MD from Stanford University.