Get ready for inspiration from two innovative minds that are leading the way for ideation and change.
Sunday, March 5
Why Only is Better Than Best
Conventional wisdom in the business world has taught us to look at what other people do, isolate the things that work for them, follow a best practice and attempt to replicate a similar result in our own lives, and our own companies. The not so obvious issue with best practices is that the result is a pale imitation of our predecessors or a mediocre result. But when our work is so distinctive that nobody else could have done it but us, our competition becomes completely irrelevant. In this session, learn how to identify the best practices that are preventing innovation and creative breakthroughs. You’ll also learn why making things that are so distinctive that nobody else could do them but you or your association will ultimately make your competition irrelevant. Rao will share how to ignore best practices, trust your intuition, attempt what hasn’t been proven to develop creative ideas, and breakthrough solutions that solve problems.
Srinivas Rao is the author of the WSJ Bestselling book The Art of Being Unmistakable and his next book Unmistakable: Why Only is Better Than Best was released in August 2016. His work has been featured on the CBS Sunday Morning Show, USA Today, The Blaze and Wall Street Journal. He’s also the founder of The Unmistakable Creative Podcast where he’s interviewed more than 600 creative professionals including entrepreneurs, best-selling authors, venture capitalists and artists. Today the show has a global audience and over 500 5-star reviews in iTunes.
Tuesday, March 7
Founder & CEO, Nuru International
Jake Harriman and his team at Nuru International are creating a roadmap to eradicating poverty with the goal that it be shared with NGOs worldwide. Hear how as he shares incredible stories filled with lessons for equipping leaders to take charge of their own destinies and unlocking innovative approaches to age-old problems. Jake was inspired to found Nuru after being faced with the effects of extreme poverty in war-torn regions of the world during four tours of duty in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. There, Jake witnessed the most severe levels of poverty and developed a deeply-held belief that many 21st century ills including terrorism and occupation can only be eradicated by ending extreme poverty. Convinced that the “War on Terror” would not be won on the battlefield alone—and that the coordinates of someone’s birth place should not dictate the opportunities they are presented with throughout the course of their life—Harriman left military life, and with the assistance of roughly 30 Stanford peers and professors, investments from Silicon Valley, and donations from around the world, he moved to Kenya and founded Nuru International.
Jake Harriman is the founder and CEO of Nuru International, a U.S.-based social venture that empowers individuals living in remote and rural areas to combat extreme poverty in their communities. A Bronze Star-recipient and Stanford University Graduate School of Business alum, Harriman has been honored as a White House as a “Champion of Change,” selected as a Dalai Lama “Unsung Hero of Compassion,” and featured in profile pieces by Forbes, The Huffington Post, ABC News, and more. He is a graduate of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Class of 2015. Jake work was inspired by his experiences as an Infantry and Special Operations Platoon Commander in the Marine Corps for 7 years, where he led four operational deployments including counter-terror and combat operations.