Flynn Coleman is an international human rights attorney, a professor, an author, an educator, a public speaker, a social entrepreneur and innovator, an ethical fashion designer, a mindfulness, innovation, and creativity teacher, a social justice activist, a former competitive athlete, and a founder and CEO. She is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Strategic Design and Management at The New School, Parsons School of Design. Flynn is also the founding fellow at the Grunin Center for Law and Social Entrepreneurship at NYU School of Law.
She has a background in innovative approaches to economic development, international trade, war crimes, genocide, gender equality and women's rights, behavioral economics, political reconciliation, post-conflict justice, artificial intelligence, the future of autonomous weaponry and war, ethical design, and improving access to justice through innovation. She has spoken, written, and taught globally on issues of social entrepreneurship, social innovation, social impact, human rights, artificial intelligence, global citizenship and global justice, refugee and immigration issues, adventure for social good, storytelling, redefining success, and the future of work, purpose, technology, and humanity.
Flynn is a contributing writer for such publications as HuffPost, Global Citizen, Darling Magazine, Caring Magazine, Thrive Global, and Dame Traveler. Her work has been translated into various languages and appears in educational textbooks. She was the founding teacher at King’s College London Dickson Poon School of Law on redefining success in the law, and is a faculty member at The School of Life and General Assembly.
She has been named a Designed Good Changemaker, a Wisdom 2.0 scholarship winner, a Henry Luce Scholar, a United Nations writing competition winner, a three-time TEDx speaker, a Council on Foreign Relations Stephen M. Kellen Term Member, and the inaugural recipient of a Women in Sports award. Flynn is also the honoree of the 2018 NCP Visionary Award.
Her forthcoming book, Rust and Stardust: How Technology Is Redefining What It Means to be Human, will be published in fall 2019.
She holds a BSFS from Georgetown University, a JD from UC Berkeley School of Law, and an LLM from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has also studied at La Sorbonne, the University of Cambridge, Trinity College Dublin, La Universidad de Chile, Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, Senegal, and Université de Genève.
A native of Los Angeles, Flynn has lived in France, Switzerland, England, Ireland, Italy, Hong Kong, Fiji, Cambodia, Senegal, the Netherlands, and Chile. She currently calls New York home. Flynn has worked with the United Nations, the United States Federal Government, and with international corporations, universities, and human rights organizations around the world.
She speaks five languages, and her wanderings have taken her from rebuilding homes and schools in New Orleans and Fiji, to distributing gifts to children in Haiti and school supplies in Guatemala and Ethiopia, to teaching How to Make a Difference in a Mongolian yurt in the English countryside, to huffing up Mount Kilimanjaro with her dad, to zodiac boating in Alaska with her mom.