Christine Goodwin says startup founders are modern-day frontiersmen. “The adrenalin doesn’t come from the fact that it’s chaotic,” she says, “but from what’s in there — real problems that need attention.”
Nurturing solid support networks is fundamental to what will matter in the economic and social scene taking shape around us, John Hagel says. Trust is critical in the relationship-based economy we are moving toward.
Everything moves toward harmony, says Todd Khozein, who helps clients address complex social and environmental problems through collaboration. The solitary genius who will save us with an a-ha moment is a myth.
When Celine Schillinger speaks of employee engagement, she does not mean temporary spurts of fun orchestrated by management. But, she says, engagement for the sake of engagement just keeps people happy so that they don’t claim power.
“Business people are more creative than they think they are,” says songwriter Darden Smith. “My skills as a songwriter and in making it as an artist are very applicable to how business functions. It’s the same process, different tools.”
Taking the audience seriously is good business, says songwriter Darden Smith. “I want you to take my music home with you. I want you to come back." That give-and-take, he says, is what makes positive change in the world.
The standard ingredients for good physical health — rest, diet, and exercise — are also vital starting points for good mental health, says Ross Szabo. He urges people to be responsible for their own mental health.
In his book 'Simply Brilliant', Bill Taylor says he found and wrote about "long-established incumbent organizations that are able to rethink and renew their industries in ways that we wouldn’t normally expect.”
Rabbi Irwin Kula has been on the vanguard of disruptive innovation since it became the mantra of the post-dot.com reality. He sees disruptive innovation as a necessary force in what he calls this ‘next epic’ of religion.
Amy Whitaker describes herself as a human Venn diagram, a person of many intersecting circles. Whitaker is an MBA with an MFA, a self-proclaimed jack-of-all trades who teaches business to artists and art to business people.
Gregory Downing's early experience in the intimate setting of a rural doctor’s office keeps him ever mindful of the goal of medical innovation — to bring people together to provide the best primary care for their neighbors.
Writer Kare Anderson firmly believes that learning to connect and collaborate more effectively can not only help us succeed, but can also foster collaborations that create opportunities to serve the greater good.