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Introducing Member: Patrick Coffey


Company: University of California, Berkeley
Position: Visiting Scholar
Country: USA
State: CA
City: Berkeley
Cultural Ambassador: N/A
Interests: Biomimicry, Design (Visual, Interactive, UXD, Environmental), Start-Ups, Writing

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What will you say about the work you've done at the end of your career?

I've tried to develop products and write books that affect relatively small numbers of people in important ways.

Where do you go for inspiration?

I read--mostly authors from the Western canon. Favorites are Joyce, Tolstoy, Farrell, Twain. Modern favorites are William Boyd, Anthony Burgess, Thomas Pynchon, Jonathon Lethem.

How do you build resilience into your work & company?

I write every day.

What keeps you up at night?

Imagining my characters.

What gets you up in the morning?

I'm up by 6 writing. I can't write in the evening or when I'm tired.

How is your work cross-cultural?

I'm interested in the influence of culture on moral behavior. The book I'm writing now is about my Irish-American ancestors in the period 1880-1917. It focuses on their conflicts with other immigrants, and especially on their relationships with African Americans.


I'm a science historian, a chemist, and a fiction writer.

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