The Age of Opportunity: Harnessing Complexity To Solve Big World Problems

Our VUCA world — full of increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity — is often approached with a mindset of fear. We see disruption and danger ahead. Economic meltdown, political instability, energy crises, talent and skill shortages, job losses, security breaches, governmental incompetence, business corruption, value shifts and more – the growing list can lead us to feel like we need to retreat to a place of uber-risk management. This is a valid view, but we can’t forget the other…

Wicked Opportunities: 7 Shifts in the Age of Opportunity

Originally published in Rotman Management Magazine’s Winter 2015 Issue: Wicked Problems III In my work as an innovation strategist, I have had the privilege of witnessing a global pattern arising over the past decade. Not only does it have a distinct form and defining characteristics, but it is also demonstrating direction: purpose, evolution, universal development — call it what you will, a shift is afoot that is altering the fundamental concepts that have governed the way we have lived for…

Sobotics: Wired for Next Part 2

“The robots are coming!” This phrase has been used in countless books, articles and news programs over the past several years to describe the march of our mechanical counterparts toward their enshrinement as an indispensable part of our daily lives – and for good reason. Of course, the robots actually came a long time ago. As a matter of fact, the word “robot” was first used in writer Karel Capek’s 1920 science fiction play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots). In contrast…