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Richard Ogle, PhD

Chief Scientist

Richard Ogle is Chief Scientist at KnowledgePassion, Inc. He is also a writer, consultant, and educator. His book, Smart World: Breakthrough Creativity and the New Science of Ideas, was published in 2007 by Harvard Business School Press. In a recent New York Times column on innovation, David Brooks described it as “one of the most underappreciated books of the decade.”


Ogle has a Ph.D. in linguistics from UCLA, and taught for many years at the University of California, Davis, the University of Essex (UK), and in the Evening MBA Program of the School of Economics and Business Administration at St. Mary’s College, California.


His research papers encompass articles on business innovation, communication, linguistics, and bioethics. His most recent public talks include “The Primacy of the Imagination,” given at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute (UK), and “Now for Something Completely Different,” at Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles.


Ogle’s consulting clients include Simon and Schuster, The Discovery Channel, the Electric Power Research Institute, Pfizer, Wells Fargo Nikko, The Axelrod Group, and Kaiser Permanente. His current research and consulting activities focus on breakthrough creativity in entrepreneurial business organizations. He is also working on a new book which brings the Smart World framework to bear on economic and business issues arising from the 2008-9 financial crisis.


Born and raised in England, he came to the U.S. in 1968. His honors include being awarded a four-year Regents Fellowship at UCLA and a Fulbright Travel Scholarship. He lives with his wife, Laura Bonazzoli, and daughter, Elizabeth, in Camden, Maine.