Rainforest Rev: Architecting the Invisible to Create a Culture of Innovation

The Rainforest Revolution

News on growing ecosystems for innovation and entrepreneurship


How do you build ecosystems for entrepreneurial innovation? Learn at the Global Innovation Summit.

Learn the latest techniques, gain practical tools, and meet your global peers at the Global Innovation Summit. Get new insights on designing startup communities, improving teamwork, and creating business culture.  It all happens in one month in Silicon Valley! Register now.





Architecting the Invisible: Creating a Culture of Innovation

By Greg Horowitt, Chief Evangelist and Co-Founder of T2 Venture Creation, from TEDxSanDiego
What does it take to solve problems in the world? It’s your imagination, because often the knowledge to solve a challenge doesn’t yet exist. Innovation requires experimentation and iteration. It is human-centric. New beliefs lead to new behaviors, which lead to better actions and outcomes. Read more here.


Why Big Business Fails At Innovation

By Henry Doss, Chief Strategy Officer of T2 Venture Creation, from Forbes 
Big businesses are constrained by technology, regulatory environment, capital, and risk.  But it’s not these real-world constraints that inhibit innovation. It’s business culture. The engineering of an innovation culture requires a framework that provides a common language, a common set of beliefs, and a common set of meaningful, leading cultural indicators. Read more here.


Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others 

The New York Times
Team intelligence is determined not necessarily by IQ, but by high levels of communication, shared participation, and the ability to appreciate each others’ emotions.  Finally, teams with more women outperformed teams with more men. Read more here.


What States Need To Do To Grow Their Advanced Industries 

GE Ideas Lab
To spur advanced-industry growth, states must first create the platform. With federal research dollars scaling back, states need to invest in basic science, applied research and technology commercialization. The states must do this with an eye toward building on their distinctive strengths. Read more here.


Policy Visualisation Network

Public Sector Innovation
Narrative tells you what your visualisation should be, and how it should flow. Visualisation can help get the attention of decision-makers, and give them a better feel for the underlying story that the data is trying to tell. Design thinking can be used to assist visualisation.  Read more here.




A STEM Workforce Strategy for Nevada and Beyond

Brookings Institution
The strategy which focuses on higher-tech growth industries has begun to pay off. However, the growth in several of Nevada’s target sectors—especially IT, health and medical services, and advanced manufacturing—is already taxing the state’s supply of workers. Too few Nevadans have the requisite skills to secure available positions. Read more here.


Latin America’s Newest Experiment in Tearing Down Trade Barriers

Small and medium businesses in Latin America are benefiting from a new visa zone tying together Mexico, Colombia, Peru, and Chile. The zone is a regional economic bloc called the Pacific Alliance.  It includes what many consider to be the most open and successful economies in the region. Their aim is to turn Latin America’s Pacific Rim states into an economic club following the spirit of the European Union. Read more here.


Barcelona: FDI Magnet

IESE Insight
Barcelona has proven itself to be a magnet for foreign direct investment (FDI). It has good quality of life, a well-qualified and low-cost work force, and developing business ecosystems. Read more here.




Global Innovation Week 

February 15 to February 21, 2015
Silicon Valley, CA

Global Innovation Week is a Silicon Valley-wide festival celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit.  More than 20 organizations are hosting events for 1,000 attendees. 50 countries are expected. Interested in hosting your own event? Apply here.


Startup Grind 2015

February 9 to February 11, 2015
Redwood City, CA

Startup Grind is a global community of entrepreneurs with monthly events hosted in over 150 cities and 60 countries. The mission is to help educate, connect, inspire, and mentor entrepreneurs. The annual flagship event, Startup Grind 2015, will host a main stage full of world-class entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders. Register here with a 10% discount.

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