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Henry Butman began at IPI in 2013, as a collaborative developer, writer, editor, and researcher; his early contributions were acknowledged in: The Resilience Dividend, Enchanted Objects, and The Moment You Can’t Ignore. As director of research since 2016, Henry provided holistic narrative counsel and editorial services for New World Inc., as well as chapter research and drafting for The Interaction Field. Henry earned his B.A. in English and psychology from Bates College and his research interests lie in the sciences, social and technological trends, and the history of ideas.



Jeremy Butman became deeply involved at Idea Platforms in 2017, focused on writing book proposals. Previously, Jeremy worked as an independent writer and editor for psychologists, artists, and academics, as well as at a small press (Slought Books) and academic journals (Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, Gatherings). He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the New School for Social Research. His own writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Believer, and elsewhere.

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(January 9, 1951–March 23, 2020)

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Since founding Idea Platforms in 1989, John Butman helped create more than 50 books for clients working in business, psychology, technology, and philanthropy, and authored or co-authored a dozen more of his own. He was an "idea impresario," a natural storyteller, a man of many talents and infinite fascinations. His spirit of curiosity, love of learning, and passion for passionate people were at the heart of his work and remain at the heart of ours.


More on John's work can be found here.

John's obituaries can be read at the New York Times and the Portland Press Herald.

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