Be Brave To Innovate

Did you know the opposite of bravery is not cowardice? The opposite of bravery is conformity. Doing everything the same way that everybody else does it, being like everybody else, thinking the same way everybody else does. Conformity is the “safe” approach which actually puts us at more risk. It takes bravery to step out […]

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Be Willing To Be Weird

ITU Commencement Speech - May 2017

Below is the video and transcript for my commencement speech at ITU last month. The topic of the speech was on the entanglement of fear, failure and conformity. To be successful, we all must be willing to be weird. Be different. Use our creativity to win in the emerging creative economy. Note: The following transcript […]

Game Changing Inventions from our Kids

Our collective future is based on our kids being ready to compete in the creative economy.  Looking for some inspiration?  Here are a few game-changing inventions that all started with kids asking themselves “why not“. Jake Evill, of the United Kingdom, at twenty-one years old has invented a new lightweight waterproof cast called the Cortex. He came […]

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Biennial of the Americas: Innovating Education So Our Kids Can Compete In The Creative Economy

So what is the Biennial?  The Biennial of the Americas is an international festival of ideas, art, and culture hosted in Denver, Colorado, that provides a nonpartisan platform for leaders in business, government, civil society, and the arts to examine the significant issues impacting life in the Americas. This is a quick interview I gave […]

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How Does Creativity Benefit the Economy?

Creativity produces fresh ideas, which are the basis for progress in today’s economy.  Why should we value creativity in the 21st century?  With an uncertain global economy and a need not just for progress, but for innovative progress that creates jobs and benefits the global society, emphasizing creativity is more important than ever.  A creative economy is […]

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The Role of the Individual in a Creative Economy Is …

How does an individual fit into the new creative economy? Many people think in broad terms of small start-ups with collaborative teams working together to achieve innovation. But the role of the individual is the most critical piece of the link to a creative economy. According to the Creative Economy Council, there are two factors that […]

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Improve your creativity or lose your job

The economy upon which companies and employees have built their future has changed. The creative economy requires that you improve your creativity or lose your job Just do a quick comparison of market capitalization to book value for public U.S. companies over the last two decades.  There is a dramatic rise in value attributed to intangibles – ideas, […]

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How to teach kids to be more creative (video)

    With the transition from the information/knowledge economy to the creative economy, it’s more important than ever to make sure our kids are ready to compete in the workforce. The reality is that the schools are not preparing them so it falls on the community (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc) to mentor them. So what […]

Are you ready to compete in the creative economy?

  Just do a quick comparison of the market value to the book value for public U.S. companies over the last two decades and you will see the dramatic upward rise in value attributed to intangibles – ideas, innovations. In this new world, wealth creation is dependent upon the capacity of a nation to continually create ideas.  In […]