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Todd Siler


Think Like a Genius Program

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Todd Siler is an internationally-recognized visual artist, author, educator, and innovation facilitator, who founded Think Like a Genius® Program (aka, The ArtScience® Program for Realizing Human Potential). These programs use his unique creativity and communication tool, “Metaphorming,” for stimulating innovative thinking and collaborative problem solving involving teamwork.


He received a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin (1975), a Masters of Science in Visual Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1981), and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Psychology and Art from M.I.T. In 1986, he became the first and only visual artist to receive this doctoral degree at M.I.T He was also a Visiting Artist/Scientist at the Computer-Aided Design Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (1986-88 & 1991-92).


Siler is a member of the board of directors for the Foundation for Human Potential in Chicago (, and an International Advisory Board Member for the World Knowledge Forum in Seoul, Korea, as well as a Forum Fellow and art presenter at the 1999 and 2001 Annual Meetings of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


Todd Siler’s published works include Breaking the Mind Barrier (Simon & Schuster, 1990) and Think Like A Genius (Bantam Books, 1996), along with many articles in international art and science journals. Both trade books have been translated into many foreign languages. His book, Breaking the Mind Barrier was nominated for the 1994 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award in Education for “a work of outstanding educational achievement with potential for worldwide impact.”


The World Cultural Council granted the 2011 "Leonardo Da Vinci World Award of Arts" to Todd Siler, "in recognition for his extraordinarily creative and innovative contributions to contemporary and visual arts, for stimulating creativity, inspiring innovation and uniting art and science to enrich the experience of creative learning" (


Dr. Siler has used his art work and research in facilitating his hands-on, innovation-oriented Think Like a Genius® Workshops and consulted extensively on cultivating creativity and accelerating innovation in Fortune 500 Companies, such as IBM, Texas Instruments, NTT Communications/Verio, US West/Quest, Chevron, Royal Dutch/Shell, Chase Manhattan, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Johnson & Johnson, ING North America, The Home Depot, Nabisco, Procter & Gamble, Young Presidents Organization and many more.


Todd Siler is a recipient of an I.B.M. Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to Paris, France (1975-76), a Fulbright Fellowship to India (1985-86), and a Meitec Fellowship (1989-91), awarded by the Meitec Intelligent Technology Corporation in Tokyo, among other fellowships and awards. He received the 1995 “Artist-of-the- Year” Award from the New York City Teachers Association and United Federation of Teachers. In addition, he holds a number of patents on a wide range of inventions, including a computer-graphics input device and textile printing machinery.


Todd Siler has been exhibiting his artworks internationally in major museums and galleries for the past forty years and is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York City ( His artworks are in numerous private and public collections, including The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (20th Century Collection), The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, The Pushkin Fine Arts Museum in Moscow and the Belsar Verlag Print Archives in Stuttgart and Zurich. One of his ten solo exhibitions at the Ronald Feldman Fine Arts featured an original musical composition and performance by the pioneer Jazz musician and composer, Ornette Coleman. To learn more about his art, visit (Wikipedia)


“I know of no work since the Renaissance in which the concerns of figurative art and of investigative science come closer together than the dye in Siler’s drawings, assemblages, and sculptures.” -- James S. Ackerman, Professor of Art History and Former Chairman of the Fine Arts Department at Harvard University


“This book, Think Like A Genius, challenges the reader to think and perform on an inspired level. Siler’s simple approach to individual ‘genius’ is the key to every great success story.” -- Michael R. Bloomberg, Former Mayor of New York City; CEO and founder, Bloomberg News


“Todd inspires us to energize the least used talent of our brain: exceptional creativity, so readily activatable and rewarding." -- Robert W. Galvin, Former Chairman of the Executive Committee Motorola , Inc.


“Don’t let all this genius stuff lead you to think Siler is stuffy. He’s a Leonardo da Vinci with Chico Marx hair and Bob Hope humor.” -- Gary Massaro, staff writer for the Denver Rocky Mountain News, “This Genius Opens Minds”  2

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