Announcing New Online Series: Disrupting Disruptive Innovation Theory – Lessons from the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards

What do Fedex, the Pope and the Fosbury Flop have in Common? The answer is not just that they’re all iconic disruptors in their own right.  The answer may well go deeper and address our collective yearnings for positive disruption, what it takes to productively embrace, and make disruptive innovation happen, without decimating or getting decimated by it.

Innovation Excellence is pleased to announced our newest exclusive online content series:

Disrupting Disruptive Innovation:  Lessons from the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, with Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder Craig Hatkoff and Rabbi Irwin Kula, who together, with Harvard Business School’s Professor Clayton Christensen, originator of disruptive innovation theory, founded the Disruptor Foundation in 2009.

Craig Hatkoff, Clay Christensen, Rabbi Irwin Kula

The mission of the Disruptor Foundation is to raise awareness of and encourage the advancement of disruptive innovation theory and its application in societally-critical domains.  Together Hatkoff and Kula lead Clay Christensen’s advanced research – focusing on cultural examples of disruptive innovation in societally critical domains such as spirituality, ethics, morality and more.

The Foundation’s marquee event, the annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, is presented in collaboration with the Tribeca Film Festival and Clayton Christensen.

The Award Winners (TDIA) represent an eclectic body of high impact lives and work that has not been shared broadly as a cohort.  It’s in the mix, and the adjacencies, that their body of work stands for positive disruption and is most provocative. (See the complete list here.)

This Beta series will take a look at and reflect on the lessons from the past five years of work to aggregate a exemplary disruptors from every walk of life.  In the process, Hatkoff and Kula and Christensen have been on quite a journey of exploration.  Now they want to share it with us.

To learn more or sign up visit us here:

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Jan 30 – Disrupting Disruptive Innovation Theory: Lessons from the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards  – Changing How We Think About Change Using the New Calculus of Pop Culture

Feb 13 – The Cathedral and the Bazaar: How Next-gen Disruptive Innovation will Encourage Cathedrals (incumbents) to Learn How to Dance with the Bazaars (two guys in a garage), and Invite more Disruptions of Consequence.

Feb 27 – Disrupting the Status Quo, One-on-One: Courage, Empathy and Conversational Intelligence with Judith Glaser, Author Conversational Intelligence

March 13 – Disrupting Brands: Innovations that Challenge Identity Have a Much Different Dynamics than those Innovations of Pure Utility.

March 27 – Disrupting Hell: Innovations in Moral and Ethical Products, Services and Delivery Systems or Accountability in the Age of the Unbeliever.

This series invites you to explore a wide-ranging and provocative dialogue on our collective yearnings for disruption, and what it takes to productively embrace, and make disruptive innovation happen.  Come to one or more!

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Julie Anixter is the executive editor and co-founder of Innovation Excellence.  She also serves as the Executive in Residence for the Disruptor Foundation. She also serves as Chief Innovation Officer of Maga Design, a leading visual information mapping firm. The co-author of three books, she’s working on a fourth on courage and innovation. She worked with Tom Peters for five years on bringing big ideas to big audiences. Now she works with the US Military, Healthcare, Education, Manufacturing and other high test innovation cultures that make a difference.

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  1. Joan Holman on January 25, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Julie, this is fabulous! Congratulations to you and INNOVATION EXCELLENCE on this new series!

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