This review is based on my association with Christopher Hawley's career for nearly 40 years. It includes his roles in education, marketing, product development and design.
I did not have a detailed engagement in each of these phases of his career, except for one, his undergraduate thesis in industrial design, which I believe established his purpose, scope and modus operandi as a professional. This yearlong project, which I witnessed as his academic advisor, was the culmination of the five-year program. It was a proposal for an innovative haptic approach to experiential learning in the primary grades. It included a set of hands-on playthings designed for specific mental stimuli. The thesis received a very favorable review from the faculty and a jury of design professionals to whom it was presented.
It was unique to education in the US, at that time, engaged in educational reform inspired by philosophers and humanists like Maria Montessori, Jean Piaget, John Dewey and others. Christopher Hawley's proposal was uniquely tailored to Plato's philosophy--that education is based on freedom--avoid compulsion and let your children's lessons take the form of play.
After graduation, he continued to develop his thesis, his philosophy, and the "toys" he invented, linking his theory of education with the goals of a democratic society and adopting this concept of social responsibility, in all it's complexities, as the dominant driver of professional service.