Anthony Barrows

Anthony Barrows brings a scientist’s precision to the school of hard knocks in his lectures on how systems have to be co-designed with real people in mind. Whether he’s talking about his own youth navigating foster care in Boston, his professional experience improving the child welfare system nationally, or his conviction about challenging narratives of deservingness–he is always colorful, clear, and cutting-edge.

Anthony is taking the public conversation around proximity–most famously association with Bryan Stevenson–and channeling it into directives for action. How can we listen differently to those closest to the problems we are trying to fix? How can we re-humanize government so it actually serves our most vulnerable, rather than burdening them further with unnecessary bureaucracy? These are the kinds of questions that animate Anthony’s talks, making him an invaluable asset for design conferences, government gatherings, and university lecture series.   


If any one of us deserves help, every one of us deserves help.
—Anthony Barrows

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