Rainforest Rev: Frontier Experience and Lessons in Leadership

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Creativity As A Kind Of Frontier Experience: Ideas For Rainforest Architects

By Jiro Tanaka, Rainforest Architect, from The Innovation Rainforest Blog
In The Rainforest book, Victor Hwang and Greg Horowitt write about the “frontier experience” and how essential it was for the growth of Silicon Valley. At its core, the quintessentially American frontier experience was a disruption of rigid, established hierarchies—one that created a space from which new forms of cooperation and mutualism emerged. Once the old “conventional walls and hierarchies have been broken down,” new modes of trust and connection come into play. Much of The Rainforest is about forming the kind of social networks that permit a “promiscuity of ideas,” the free play of ideas required to generate startling and valuable innovations. Read more here.

Lessons In Leadership: It’s Not About You. (It’s About Them)
National Public Radio
The dominant view of leadership is that the leader has the vision and the rest is a sales problem. That notion of leadership is bankrupt. That approach only works for technical problems, where there’s a right answer and an expert knows what it is. Leadership is about mobilizing and engaging the people with the problem rather than trying to anesthetize them so you can go off and solve it on your own. Read more here.

Why Cities Are Our Most Important Innovation Platform
Innovation ecosystem has three elements that are crucial—talent, technology and tolerance—all of which cities have in spades. As Steve Jobs noted, creativity is about connecting things.  The more random collisions you have with people who have different ideas, the more creative you’ll be.  That’s why he designed Apple’s new headquarters to facilitate interactions, with lots of open spaces and common areas. Read more here.

Innovate Or Evaporate
The Huffington Post
Neuroscience is teaching us that innovation is hardwired in our brain. When fear “owns our brains” we cannot think creatively. The part of our brain needed for thinking in new ways closes down–the prefrontal cortex or the executive brain–and the primitive brain called the reptilian brain (better known as the amygdala) masters our mind, and then? All we think about is how to protect ourselves. Read more here.

Creating An Innovation System For Knowledge City
RAND Corporation
China’s Guangzhou Development District (GDD) will be the site of the new innovation cluster known as Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City. Establishing an innovation-oriented financing system will be critical to its development. The Knowledge City will not have an innate advantage over competing areas, so it must develop assets to attract innovative firms and their workers.  Read more here.
What Israel Can Teach About Fostering Business innovation
The Globe and Mail
Israel’s  chief scientist’s $450-million (U.S.) budget spawns $1-billion worth of R&D investment every year, a key piece of the model that has made Israel the runaway leader in civilian R&D spending with the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development club of wealthy countries. Governments may not be particularly good at mentoring entrepreneurs or growing companies. But they are uniquely able to shoulder risks, particularly over the longer haul, that private investors won’t touch. Read more here.
Four ideas From Silicon Valley On Creating Scale From Britain’s Startups
UK STARTUPS don’t lack enthusiasm (over 440,000 have been founded in 2013 so far), but Britain lags behind the US in the number that reach scale. This is an economically important issue. A report by the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme found that just 1 per cent of all firms – high-growth small businesses, on the OECD definition – created 23 per cent of all new jobs between 1998 and 2010. Read more here.
Miami’s Tech Start-up Scene Is Heating Up
USA Today
A new technology innovation ecosystem is forming in Miami. Great weather, cheaper real estate, labor and being the gateway to Latin America doesn’t hurt either. The bottom line: Miami’s a great place to live and work, and now, with a tech scene that’s organized and united, the future can only hold promise. Read more here.

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