I have to admit, until I was invited to keynote the Stern Freshman Convocation on August 27th, I’d never heard the word “convocation” before. Remembering my own freshman year, my best guess was some sort of mash-up of “condoms” and “vacation”. Disappointingly, it really means ”assembly”. Despite this linguistic trickery, I’m not taking my duties lightly. I haven’t decided exactly what I’m going to say, but you can get a hint from my recent blog posts. Regardless, our future will be a lot different than today. And these 500 smart freshmen will eventually help shape it. As I prepare my notes, I’m curious what you’d tell the next generation of young entrepreneurs and corporate tycoons? Submit your comments below or on Twitter or Facebook or Google+.
Listen to the full interview below or the original link here.
Just me and my groupies. Eat your heart out, Justin Bieber!
Signing copies of Econovation after my speech at the CFO Magazine Conference in Orlando.
Video clips of speech and testimonials coming soon! Stay tuned…
A great review of Econovation by Gregg Fraley. A quick excerpt:
I wish I had picked it up sooner because it’s a fascinating, erudite, bitingly funny, well researched, and I think important book.
Americans — Buy one now and send it to your Congressman. Tell him or her that if they don’t read it you’ll lash them with wet Chinese noodles at the door to their office.
European readers, there’s plenty to learn from Faktor’s manifesto about how to reinvent an economy. As the title suggests, it’s a blend of economic and innovation thinking, but it’s also about trends, and, ultimately about large scale ideas.
Just in: new review of my book Econovation. Funny, I never intended it for a European audience, but it still resonates. Maybe I am special, like mommy used to tell me…? Excerpt:
“This book is a highly accessible description of the US- economic problems and opportunities. It offers a concise overview of causes and underlying trends. It identifies opportunities, on the input and output side. In this way it offers highly instructive recommendations and lessons for every (not limited to the US) business leader, entrepreneur and professional. Lots of data presented with insight and humor…This book (some will claim it to be a true manifesto) is a must read for anyone who is interested in connecting to the changing context in our business world.”
Just in: I’ll be keynoting CFO Magazine’s 2012 Leadership Summit in March. I know what you’re thinking – I’ll need to make lots of pie charts and regression analyses… I’ll consider it. More likely, I will be their vacation from pie charts and regressions. After all, who’s more important in the process of funding future innovations than CFO’s? My talk will focus on where the opportunities worth funding will be in the next decade. I’ll have plenty of fresh, new examples of companies well-positioned to capitalize. Time permitting, I’ll also try to rouse the CFO’s in attendance into performing a Bollywood-style ”Innovation Dance” I’ve written. Time permitting, of course. I guess you’ll just have to be there. Bring your blue suede shoes.
KEYNOTE Sept 13, 2011 8:15am
In the past 30 years, the economy has ignited and extinguished more opportunities than any other force, with the possible exception of Oprah. In that time, China and India fed our zombie-like appetite for iPhones, Prada and Snuggies. As they lifted millions out of poverty, their biggest customer, the US, found itself in debt, under-educated, and covered with recreational tattoos. Will the US avoid the fate of Greece or some D-List celebrity? Can our legendary ingenuity save the American economy and your business?
- Predicting: the next ten years of the US economy and challenges for future growth
- Finding: five emerging areas of opportunity and how companies can capitalize
- Winning: who is best positioned to win and why
- Doing: how to embed economic-driven innovation into future strategy
So Daniel Pink and I will be speaking at the same conference. He’s a very lucky man. Join Dan and me at Future Trends in Miami on Oct 18. I’ll be talking about innovating after the Great Recession, the theme of my forthcoming book. I promise, you won’t want to miss it.
According to the conference’s diligent, but altruistic marketing department, you can still get a 20% discount using the code: FT2010SF when registering at www.iirusa.com/futuretrends. See you there!
The Front End of Innovation was a rollicking good time. Compelling speakers, good networking, and timely hors d’oeuvres. I gave a talk about innovation opportunities after the the great recession, the theme from the book I’m writing. I focused more than I expected on health care and education. (Doesn’t it seem like this aging, plump version of America is becoming a giant infirmary with a flag? Sad…but not without opportunity.)
I knew the speech went well when afterwords, I was barraged by questions and invitations to speak at various companies. I even had one attendee ask me whether I thought his daughter should go into the health field. Helping raise other people’s children is where this futurist draws the line!
According to Deborah Hatcher at IIRUSA, I was one of the top ranked speakers with a 4.5 out of 5 attendee score. You can read coverage of my talk here:
Next week, I’ll be speaking at The Front End of Innovation conference in Boston (link below). My topic is an excerpt from the book I’m writing – Innovation after The Great Recession. Don’t let the title fool you, it’s an emotional roller coaster filled with laughs, meaningful insights, and a children’s choir finale.
If you plan to attend, send me a note by clicking the contact link above.
Hope to see you there. Should be a big turnout.