I’m a storyteller dedicated to discovering the people from all walks of life who are creating the future based on the their original ideas and bold ideals.
I’m passionate about the great outdoors (climbing its heights, diving into its depths, and doing my part to make sure we all keep breathing in its fresh air), health and good food (sweaty yoga, digging in the dirt, experimenting in the kitchen), reading between the lines, and learning something new every day.
I always try to follow the advice Don Juan gave Carlos Castaneda: to do everything as if it were the only thing in the world that mattered, while all the time knowing that it doesn’t matter at all.
When it comes to developing your capacity to adapt and invent in a world ruled by expanding complexity and exponential change, experimentation is the ultimate power tool.
Why? Game-changing, future-shaping innovation doesn’t burst forth fully-formed like Athena from the head of Zeus. Nor is it the result of meticulous planning. Instead, it requires the generation and testing of hundreds of strategic options. It proceeds by trial and error. In other words, it’s a product of experimentation.
Experimentation is simply a process for cycling through many ideas quickly, testing assumptions, getting feedback, discarding what isn’t working, and building on what is. In other words, it’s a strategy for maximizing your ratio of insights over time and money spent.
As appealing as that sounds, it is not natural behavior for most organizations. When it comes to making decisions about whether and how to venture into new territory, running an experiment is not the first instinct of most leaders. Instead, the tendency is to turn to data and analysis, on the one hand, or personal experience and judgement on the other.
Problem is: even the richest data set can only illuminate the past and personal experience...
Our #MIXMashup Twitter feed crackled with energy throughout the event. In review, it offers up a vibrant collective picture of the highlights, big ideas, special moments, and little details. To make it easy for you to relive the event, we’ve culled through thousands of clever tweets to come up with an abridged Tweet Report.
These represent the ideas you swarmed around and that resonated throughout the day. Along with the big insights, we were gratified to see so many tweets about the energizing connections, enlivening setting, nourishing food, and refreshing design.
The full agenda for the 2014 MIX Mashup (November 18-20, 2014) is posted. It’s going to be two days of agenda-setting thinking and in-the-trenches storytelling around such questions as: How do we change the way we change ? What will it take to (finally) kill bureaucracy ? How can you embed innovation ? How do you hack management?
If you’re not already excited to spend two days with the most pioneering leaders, courageous hackers, and agenda-setting thinkers reinventing organizations, here are TEN reasons not to miss this year’s event :