A distant view of Business Innovation Factory 2: Nothing new is created without energy ... lots of energy. Energy to find new solutions, energy to overcome obstacles and resist the naysayers. The energy it takes to try something new when there are safer options available. Learning how to engage your own energy and that of others is central to all change processes. And, the source of that energy is passion.
We recently led a months-long collaborative effort to identify a set of innovative thinking competencies that would form the structure for a self-directed, action-learning program. The ability to engage energy, our own and tht of others, gradually surfaced as the core around which all the other competencies circle.
The storytellers in this group display that intense passionate that brands innovators – Josh Koppel’s mission for TuneBooks is to save album art from extinction while Clay Rockefeller works to save historic community districts by turning them into vibrant and commercially healthy places where artists live and work.
Jim Lavoie wants to reinvent the way people work together by creating a unique culture and language. And Jane Fulton Suri has a passion for learning about the deep needs of people by watching their simple, everyday actions – what she calls “thoughtless acts.”
Read their stories below.
Day 1, Group 3 Storytellers:
Jim Lavoie, CEO of Rite-Solutions
Clay Rockefeller, community activist and co-founder of The Steel Yard
Jane Fulton Suri, chief creative officer, IDEO
Josh Koppel, founder, TuneBooks