Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes
by Kenneth Mikkelsen

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In April 2012, Hans Joergen Wiberg presented an unusual idea at a startup event in Denmark. Wilberg, being visually impaired, had identified an opportunity to help blind people cope with everyday tasks. This relied on mobile phone cameras and connecting the blind with sighted volunteers. His simple idea caught on. Today, the Be My Eyes app pairs more than 30,000 blind people with nearly 400,000 sighted helpers globally. What if it were possible to equip modern leaders with a similar set of fresh eyes? What would they see? Could unexpected discoveries make them abandon current constructs of the world?   Leaders, like anyone else, are habitual beings that protect their worldview and the meaning they […]

Generation Direct – A New Breed of Entrepreneurs
by Joan Snyder Kuhl

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In his seminal book Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Peter Drucker said that “entrepreneurship, then, is behavior rather than personality trait.”  That entrepreneurship can be learned if, as he says in Harvard Business Review, one commits to “the systematic practice of innovation.”  The latest behavior that has become a hallmark of the 21st century entrepreneur takes place on social media.  With the meteoric rise of platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Kickstarter, Google+ and countless others over the past decade, it has transformed the way we think about life and business with regards to sharing information, connecting with consumers, networking with colleagues, collaborating on projects, and company branding. Programs like General Assembly and Stanford’s Design Thinking […]

Things that can’t last, don’t. Why economic change is a priority
by Simon Caulkin

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Brexit and now Trump are the delayed detonations of the unexploded bombs left behind by the Great Crash of 2008-2009. It seemed clear then that the financial meltdown was the logical end-point of a fundamentally flawed version of capitalism that had for ideological reasons inverted the real order of things, placing finance and shareholders as the centre of the universe round which the productive economy revolved, and patronisingly advising everyone else to wait for the benefits to trickle down. Brexit voters and the half of Americans who are worse off than they were in 1999 – and barely better off than in 1967 – have decided the wait is over. The explosion didn’t go off […]

The Entrepreneur in the Tech Economy
by Charles-Edouard Bouée, CEO Roland Berger

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There is no doubt: entrepreneurship has become ‘hip’ in almost all parts of the world. As a matter of fact, the ‘founding spirit’ went from Silicon Valley to Europe and Asia, grasping mature and emerging markets on its way. There are about 70 incubator structures in France today (10 in 2010) and nearly 50 in Germany (12 in 2010)[1]; startup funding has increased significantly in the last years (in the UK: from USD 2bn in 2013 to USD 5bn in 2015[2]). Governments and public organizations at all levels are heavily supporting the creation of new companies (from the French Tech initiative in France, to the Berlin Partner startup program in Germany, to the Creative Economy […]

Opera House: Entrepreneurial Blending
by Piero Formica

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The coupling of manufacturing and culture shows how far we can advance along the road towards an entrepreneurial society.   Do manufacturing and culture live in two separate and irreconcilable worlds—manufacturing in the world of things and culture in the world of ideas? Is manufacturing called upon to solve production problems, with culture pronouncing on ‘chief systems’ as in Galileo’s ‘Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems’? This is a shared vision of those who identify manufacturing with making and culture with thinking: the manual labour of artisans and technicians as opposed to the intellectual work of professors and scientists. As a result, this fault line fails to recognize that the factory is a culture […]

THE ENTREPRENEURIAL ORGANIZATION AT SCALE
by Steve Denning

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Can large organizations act entrepreneurially and innovate systematically at scale? In 2011, Ericsson (a 140-year old Swedish firm with around 100,000 employees) embraced Agile for its business in managing networks for the world’s telecommunications companies. Before 2011, Ericsson would build its systems on a five-year cycle, with a unit housing several thousand employees. When the system was finally built, it would be shipped to the telecoms and there would be an extended period of adjustment as the system was adapted to fit their needs. Now with Agile management, Ericsson has over 100 small teams working with its customers’ needs in three-week cycles. The result is faster development that is more relevant to the specific needs […]

The five principles on which we can create an entrepreneurial society
by Philippe Silberzahn

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As Global Peter Drucker Forum President Richard Straub wrote in a recent HBR article, between discredited financial capitalism on the one hand and ever more burdensome state bureaucracies on the other, never has the construction of an entrepreneurial society been more necessary to address the major issues faced by our societies. This call echoes Peter Drucker’s, who wrote that what we need is not just an entrepreneurial economy, but an “entrepreneurial society in which innovation and entrepreneurship are normal, steady, and continuous.” Drucker saw innovation and entrepreneurship as life-sustaining activities that should pervade organizations, the economy, and society. What is at stake, writes Straub, is “the capability to take passionate ownership of the problems we […]

An Entrepreneurial Society Needs an Entrepreneurial State
by Mariana Mazzucato

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Innovation-led growth can square a circle that is challenging modern capitalism: how to generate sustained and sustainable economic growth, built on high-value, well-paying jobs. This is at the core of entrepreneurial societies, and it is a good objective. The problem is how to get there. Although many countries have set the goal, few have achieved it. The reason for this elusiveness lies in widespread misunderstandings about how innovation-led growth has been achieved in the past. These misunderstandings have allowed the wrong narratives to drive policy making, with individual entrepreneurs and companies as the central characters of the story. Left unchallenged, this narrative leads to counterproductive policy making and a distribution of rewards from growth that doesn’t […]