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Earth Day and Understanding What Cannot Be Understood

This pandemic is not what we imagined. Perhaps you wished for clear blue waters in the canals of Venice, carless streets in NYC, clear skies and low pollution in LA, Mumbai, and Shanghai. But not this way, caused by an invisible virus. As I walk the empty perfect streets of NYC, I’m reminded of one of my favorite science fiction novels, The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. Le Guin, published in 1971 Read More

Straight Lines and S-Curves: Predicting COVID-19

We’re all peeled to our digital screens right now checking in on the world, our families, our colleagues, and then trying to predict what all of that means for our selves. What I’ve noticed are fights breaking out based on what comes down to math and mental models. It’s curves vs. lines. I know I’ve been guilty favoring curves versus lines. I love the sexy s-Curves of tech, mobile adoption, Read More

Decoding the Dominant Logic

Business Models are often blamed for limiting what we want our organizations to become. The reason: dominant logic. Learn how to decode the mental models that keep us trapped. Clayton Christiansen, the late father of disruption theory, concisely defined the conventional wisdom about business model transitions. The reason why it’s so hard to innovate from within: Dominant Logic. Dominant logic is the disease that killed Kodak, Blockbuster, and Nokia, and Read More

Circular Startups that Begin with the Business Model

Circular Models: How European Startups are Shaping the Future of the Circular Economy, Business-Model-First. Next week’s Supply Chain Meetup in NYC is focused on Circular Economy ventures, and I’ll be introducing leading-edge circular startups that I’ve met and interacted with across the EU. https://www.meetup.com/The-NewYork-SupplyChain-Meetup/events/267955933/ While NYC’s startup ecosystem leads in many sectors, we’re a bit behind when it comes to circular startups, Sustainable Development Goals, and imagining a future with Read More

Healthy Materials: Waste and Circular Economies at Healthy Materials Symposium

This deeply inspiring group of humans approach circular economies and waste with a combination of no-nonsense Nordic-ness and dreamy design. This is the now of sustainable design: Waste & Circular Economies Kate Daly, Executive Director, Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners Lasse Lind, Architect, Partner, Head of Consulting, GXN Seetal Solanki, Founder and Director, Ma-tt-er Moderator: Jen Van Der Meer Assistant Professor, Strategic Design & Management, Parsons Read More

Nobody Wants 2019 Vision

No More Predictions Please: What’s Your Range of Possibility for 2019 It’s time for new year’s predictions. But 2019 is too difficult a year to try to envision in comparison to the year that comes next. 2020 was the even year in our sights for the last 20 years. 2020 represented a horizon line in the future. 20/20 vision. A time when all would become clear. Were we right? Were Read More

Will Your Health Business Model Survive?

Stress-testing your business for a new policy agenda Since the election, US stocks are mostly up. Except hospital stocks. Public hospitals like HCA are worth looking at the stock charts to see how wrong we were about the election – rising high the day before, tanking the day after. Then there are the health insurance companies like Aetna and Cigna are on the rise. United Healthcare is the best-performing stock Read More

Moving Beyond the Post-Election Confusion in Your Company

An exercise to re-engage and build the future you want to see “I don’t care what you say about this election, our stock price is at an all time high so it can’t be that bad. This administration might be the best thing ever.” said Rogerio, who voted for Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate. “How can you say that!!! That is so cold. Do you know what it’s like to Read More

Designing for Climate Action

Join me and my students from SVA’s Products of Design Program at Design for Climate Action @svaPoD for an evening of open innovation. Inspire a group of students who have the skills we need to start pushing the right levers of change (systems thinking, design, programming, communications, everything that I should have learned in grad school). Wednesday, September 30th, in NYC.   Get Tickets Here ($10).  Event Description: Designing Climate Action Read More

Google’s Dominant-Logic Problem

  Google’s Dominant-Logic Problem Google has announced that it will become Alphabet, a conglomerate—that old-fangled complex corporate structure popular in the 1970s. Could the conglomerate structure, as Google is defining Alphabet, represent the boldest and most innovative move yet within the entire class of super-tech companies? Google is not the first company to confront the dominant-logic problem, which can cause successful companies to self-destruct, but it is doing so in Read More