Good Sportsmanship—Win to Win

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An enhanced edition of Imagination First, the book I wrote with Eric Liu in 2009, was published in paperback on April 26th. Watching it go out into the world a second time has prompted me to revisit the question: what kind of impact would I like the book to have?

A brief, breezy personal anecdote will illustrate the more serious point I want to reach. I used to play racquetball on a regular basis with two friends, a Ph.D. in psychology and an attorney. The psychologist’s strategy—which may or may not have had to do with his profession—was invariably to try to psyche his opponents out and make us play below our usual level. But when I competed against Joe, the attorney, he played with a healthy intensity that drove me to play better—which then led him to play even better. We pushed each other to improve our games, and no matter who won, that always felt pretty good. Continue reading

Ten Innovators to Follow on Twitter

For this installment in the Twitter series I have identified ten individuals who actively apply their imagination and creativity to change our world through development of innovative products and initiatives. Why do I call them innovators instead of inventors? By using the word “innovation” I hope to convey that they are pioneers in their field. Each has built upon existing principles and ideas to create something so different that it can be considered truly “new.” Innovation happens in all areas, sometimes with a small step and in other instances through a giant leap. The following individuals are all on Twitter sharing their journey in 140 words or less. Could you have guessed that someone would develop a process to “grow” clothes from bacterial culture? I didn’t. Take a look below for some more surprising work in range of industries. Continue reading