James McBennett

""Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them." Albert Einstein"

James is the founder of design startup http://assmbly.com that aligns his interests in entrepreneurship with cutting edge digital design and manufacturing. Beginning his studies in architecture at University College Dublin, James worked for three of the world's leading architects and taught M.Arch students in digital design. After spending one year at the Architectural Association in London, James decided to pursue an alternative path starting successfully on Kickstarter and recieving a grant from Startup-Chile. Invited to speak on entrepreneurship and design at General Assembly, Google Campus and various leading universities, James is a proponent of how design is re-shaping commerce. He filters his thirst for generalist knowledge as an avid fan and top contributor to OpenIdeo amd TED, also co-organising TEDxLondon and advising TEDxDublin. When not working, James is a keen outdoor endurance swimmer. He attempted the Channel Swim from England to France, but was unfortunately dragged by strong currents in the wrong direction towards Holland, abandoning the attempt 36km from shore.

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Social Trust (Open Source)

Airbnb doesn't sell you a room to stay, that is what the host does. Airbnb sells you trust...

Embarrassing perpetrators

I came across this video below shared on social media which is a man wearing yoga pants who...
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Violence and Silence - Bring the Noise.

The Vice interview on the Manitoba colony in Bolivia shows pure evil. Hundreds of women woke...

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  A note explaining why Arjan added James to their Team for this idea:
Great input. And it could also lead to another concept.

Pierce Gordon

April 07, 2014, 05:11AM

My name is Pierce Gordon, a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley. As a member of a group in a course at the Information School, we're running a study upon the innovative OpenIDEO community about the user experience.

We found you're a select designer of the OpenIDEO system that has been highly active in the system in many ways. We have selected you because of your active involvement, and expert opinion upon the use of the OpenIDEO website.

Would you like to participate in an online focus group of the website? If so, we would love to participate in a Google Hangout discussion with you, and a collection of up to five other active designers, upon the user experience of the OpenIDEO website.

All of our information will be disemminated to OpenIDEO engineers for the sake of bettering the community you have worked so hard to contribute

Please contact me at piercegordon1@gmail.com, or the OpenIDEO profile http://www.openideo.com/profiles/1225020236, if you are interested. Hope to hear from you soon!
  A note explaining why Kenneth added James to their Team for this idea:
I am adding some of your comment to this idea, I would like to have you continue to comment as this challenge continues.

Edmund Ng

November 13, 2013, 11:02AM
Nice profile. I saw lot's of topics that interests me here. Looking forward for more great thoughts. :-)

Edmund Ng

Cheng Zhang

August 05, 2013, 18:47PM
Dear James
It was a pleasure of reading your post.
I am Cheng Zhang, a master student from London School of Economics (LSE).

As I am writing a dissertation on OpenIDEO, can I send you a questionnaire for you to answer in about 10 days time?
I can see that you are an active participant, and I am really interested in finding out more about people like you.
If you do not have time it is totally understandable too! If you are interested, could you please send me an email to michael_528@hotmail.com ? Or you can tell me your email here;).
Best regards and many thanks
Cheng Zhang


April 23, 2013, 00:20AM
James was selected for our monthly Featured Ideator series. Check it out: http://bit.ly/insights_21


June 07, 2012, 22:17PM
Congrats to James on his winning Founders Dictionary concept in our Web Start-up Challenge!

Vincent Cheng

June 26, 2011, 04:15AM
Thanks for the affirmation James =) Your posts have both resonated with me and opened my eyes in new ways: Impact Business, Failure in Social Business, Shadow Cities, The Life of A ___, etc.

Kara Springer

April 26, 2011, 03:17AM
James, great to connect and collaborate with you on the food projects. Great ideas and really nice work on the production of your video piece!

James McBennett

June 24, 2011, 12:26PM
Thanks Kara, are you still interested in doing an exhibtion?

Tom Hulme

April 13, 2011, 12:40PM
Thanks so much for your great addition to my concept James - I appreciate it...

James McBennett

June 24, 2011, 12:25PM
Thanks Tom, is a cool concept! Hope to see this in the stores soon!
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