04/29/2014 – Rainforest Rev: The Next Buzzword and the Pixar Braintrust

How do you accelerate the innovation process? How do you create trust-based ecosystems of entrepreneurial creativity? The Rainforest Architect Lab is a three-day immersive design course in Silicon Valley that provides leaders with the tools they need to create their own innovation ecosystems. 

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The Next Big Business Buzzword: Ecosystem?
Victor Hwang, CEO & Co-Founder of T2 Venture Creation, from Forbes
The word “ecosystem” is in danger of becoming a buzzword: diluted, misappropriated, and overused. Read more here.

Inside the Pixar Braintrust
Fast Company
The secret to Pixar’s success may be a group of executives that explicitly values candor, honesty, and straight-forward directness without the fear of intimidation, retaliation, looking stupid, or offending someone, reflecting a company-wide approach that embraces quality, innovation, and problem-solving above all. Read more here.

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? The Uncertain Biological Basis of Morality
The Atlantic
Human beings may have an innate sense of morality, but tribalism born of cultural differences may stalemate any efforts to diminish ongoing conflict and strife. Read more here.

Games of Chance? Cause and Effect in Innovation Ecosystems Part 2
Alistair Brett, Technology Commercialization Advisor for T2 Venture Capital, from The Innovation Rainforest (blog)
Complex adaptive ecosystems are difficult to model, but more than make up for it in the flexibility of a collective, self-organizing system. Read more here.

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at How GE is Using Design to Change How People Use Its Machines
General Electric goes from stately to state-of-art with a 12,000 square-foot creativity center and a new emphasis on design and innovation. Read more here.


Chattanooga, America’s Next High-Tech Hub?
The Atlantic Cities
It’s no joke. High-tech manufacturing, a quirky mix of ragtag startups, and some of the fastest Internet speeds in the country make Chattanooga a serious contender for “Silicon Valley of the South.” Read more here.
The Silicon Valley-ization of San Francisco
Silicon Valley is having a noticeable effect on San Francisco’s culture (not to mention its real estate), but beneath the surface, it’s Fog City may well have an even greater impact on its South Bay sister city. Read more here.
Is Downtown L.A.’s Figueroa Corridor the Next Silicon Valley?
Los Angeles Times
Downtown Los Angeles is connected to USC and Exposition Park through an innovation hub that’s home to media, arts and technology startups. Read more here.
ANPEI Annual Conference
April 28-29, 2014 Expo Centre Norte
Sao Paolo, Brazil 
High Tech Rochester
May 2, 2014 Hyatt Regency Hotel Rochester
Rochester, New York
The Ecosystem Architect: Growing Economies Through Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Society for International Development
May 7, 2014 WeWork, Wonder Bread
Washington, DC
Share Conference
May 13-14, 2014 Marine’s Memorial Theater
San Francisco, California
Gemalto Smart Payments Forum
May 15-16, 2014
Private event.
Launch: Silicon Valley 2014
We are proud to share this announcement from our friends and partners at SVForum on their upcoming event. 
Launch: Silicon Valley

The World Cup Tech Challenge
May 20,2014, Microsoft Campus
Silicon Valley, California
Greater Halifax State of the Economy
May 22, 2014 The Westin Nova Scotian
Halifax, Canada

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