David Johnson is a 20-year veteran of Silicon Valley. He has held leadership roles as General Counsel in several tech companies, public and private, and represented a range of organizations, from non-profits and NGOs, to start-ups and Fortune 100s. David is the founder of LeanLegal™ – a pragmatic approach that solves for the concretized inefficiencies of the big-firm model. Taking a page from the lean start-up philosophy, LeanLegal brings David’s unique breadth of law and business experience into sharp focus on the client’s objective, allowing him to design and implement the most efficient path to that objective. In parallel, David continues his immersion in the Stanford milieu, including teaching courses for law and business students in basic and advanced negotiations.
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  • I once addressed, on a Christmas day many years ago, on behalf of the United Nations, an audience of about two thousand school children in London. ...in a moment of abandon, I said to them: “This is how the world goes, you are going to have to make it different, you are going to have to stop listening to your parents. If you go on obeying your parents, the world will never be a better place.”
    Philosopher Jacob Bronowski
    In our culture science has won the authority that makes us accept as truth its results…even if they contradict our everyday intuition.
    Mathmetician Mero
    Power at its peak is so quiet and obvious in its place of seized truth that it becomes, simply, truth rather than power.
    Legal scholar Matsuda
    Because of the caste system, because of the fact that there is no social link between those who make the decisions and those who suffer the decisions, it [the government of India] just goes ahead and does what it wants. The people also assume that this is their lot, their karma, what was written. It's quite an efficient way of doing things.
    Writer Arundhati Roy
    It is illusory to think that a person has one mind... . We are not coherent. We do not always decide things reasonably. We are unaware of how we decide and even 'who' is deciding for us.
    Cognitive scientist Robert Ornstein
    Strangely, scientific inquiry is suggesting the need for a quasi-religious transformation of modern culture.
    Biologist Paul Ehrlich
    I believe that we need to review the whole of our natural philosophy in the light of scientific knowledge that has arisen in the last fifty years. It really is pointless to go on talking about what the world is like (as much of philosophy does) when the modes of perception of the world which are accessible to us have so changed in character.
    Philosopher Bronowski