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Interview with Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, Professor of Psychology at University of Pennsylvania:

Award-winning author Peter Sims shares some heartening research on how people like Steve Jobs, Chris Rock and Frank Gehry use small experiments to lay the groundwork for big creative successes. It’s an encouraging episode for all the creative types out there thinking they have to have it all figured it out from the get go…. continue reading »

The Return of the Guild

It’s easy to forget that guilds once ruled the world. By the time Rembrandt painted his masterpiece “Syndics of the Drapers’ Guild” in 1662, the concept, and inherent intrinsic value of guilds, was already a 400 year-old idea. If you were a craftsman, or merchant, or clothier in the case of Rembrandt’s drapers, guilds offered… continue reading »

The Hero Returns: Steve Jobs’ real genius

As the three-year anniversary of Steve Jobs’ passing approaches in October, complete lessons from his life and legacy are still far from written or understood. Walter Isaacson’s biography Steve Jobs, published soon after Jobs’ death in 2011, provided a formidable starting point, yet we still have a great deal to learn and understand about what… continue reading »

Little Bets in New York Times

Original article as it appeared in NYT here. PREOCCUPATIONS Daring to Stumble on the Road to Discovery By PETER SIMS AT the recent Aspen Ideas Festival, the New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman said that when he graduated from college, he was able to go find a job, but that our children were going… continue reading »

The Little “Nudges” that Would Make Even Churchill Proud

Last week, thanks to Kieron Boyle, Head of Social Finance and Investment at the UK Cabinet Office, who I was introduced to by Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the White House Office of Social Innovation and special assistant to President Obama, I had the privilege of visiting 10 Downing Street with a group of BLK SHP… continue reading »

Forbes interview: “How to Make Innovation Less Risky”

Originally appeared on Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/dorieclark/2012/12/09/how-to-make-innovation-less-risky/ Corporations are clamoring for breakthrough innovation – but in this economic climate, who can afford multimillion-dollar wagers that might not pan out? Enter Peter Sims, co-author of the bestseller True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, with Bill George. “Companies have the wrong mindset,” he says. “They don’t experiment well, they… continue reading »

“Little Bets” gets nice props in Forbes

Little Bets got some nice coverage in Forbes today, as the pharma industry wrestles with a culture of BIG bets.  The nature of the long cycle times and illusions of rationality in the pharma industry helps to explain why we (the San Francisco BLKSHP) are having such great collaborations with senior execs @ Genentech about… continue reading »

Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Washington Post recognize ‘Little Bets’

Writing is editing, many days and hours of painstaking revision and sculpting.  So, it has been an honor and gratifying to learn that Little Bets has been recognized by a number of publications I respect for their best books of the year lists, including The Washington Post, Inc. Magazine, and AmEx OPEN Forum. The Wall… continue reading »

Annoucing Fuse Corps: a bold new approach to social innovation

*UPDATE: Tech Crunch runs review of Fuse Corps. For the past several years, I have had the great pleasure of collaborating with a remarkable group of people to create and launch Fuse Corps, an innovative social venture that will pair some of America’s top entrepreneurial leaders with governors, mayors and community leaders across America to… continue reading »

John Legend & Inventing the Future

Last weekend, I had the chance to connect with singer & songwriter John Legend before his concert with Sade at Oakland’s Oracle Arena.  I met John for the first time 3 or 4 years ago in Los Angeles before he was very well known through our good mutual friend Kweli Washington who has worked with… continue reading »