From Startup to Fortune 50, Companies Need to Brainstorm Outside the Box

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Everyone says this. “Innovation” is now one of the most overused words in the English lexicon. Small companies are declaring they are innovative. Large corporations are developing task forces to become innovative. Everyone is striving for that business edge. But what are some good ways to get ideas going? American Express’ Open Forum is offering some good resources and this article...

How the Beauty of a Monarch Butterfly Showed Me the Path to Presence

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This past Sunday I took a sweltering 4 hour hike along in Prince William Forest Park – one of my favorite spots to enjoy the outdoor beauty of Virginia. Walking along South Fork Quantico Creek, I was immersed in greenery with a brook humming beside me. For me hiking is a meditative venture in which I try to calm my mind and get present. Usually the physical exercise yields up some type of realization....

Looking Deep Into the Eyes of Your Fear

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Fear is an exceptionally personal emotion, while also being universal. Almost every human being feels it at some point in their lives. When I decided to really look at my fears and what triggered them, I realized I feel fear multiple times each day. And the smallest things can trigger the feeling. Why so many small ones? Because there is at least one giant fear underlying and underpinning it all....

Philip Glass: Key Insights to Innovative Creation in Sound

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Philip Glass spoke today with Bob Boilen of NPR’s All Songs Considered for Politics & Prose about his new book and biography, Words Without Music: A Memoir about growing up in Baltimore and his personal journey from a precocious child who listened to record after record with his brother in their father’s record store, to working multiple jobs while he wrote, to creating his breakout...

Innovation is Life: Honoring Veterans in Transition

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I attended the Atlantic Live! Press Breakfast this morning which focused on Veterans returning home. In thinking about why I was drawn to attend the discussion of Culture Shock: Vets and the Battle Back Home, I realized that it was because I believe Innovation is Life, and two components stand out – the circumstances which bring people to being innovative, and the transition one goes through to...