MSP Innovation Community Event

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Elements Group attended the kickoff event of an Innovation Community networking event.   The event was hosted in downtown Minneapolis.   Some attendees where invited from out of state to join over the internet and there is talk of hosting ongoing events like these in different cities over time.  The event featured speakers showcase some cutting edge initiatives around the grand challenges our planet is facing.  There were also facilitated breakouts to drive network through various types of collaborative gaming.

The first event was a great success.  I made many new network connections and I’m looking forward to the next gathering.

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Speaker at Singularity U – MSP Chapter Launch Event

Image 7-16-19 at 4.11 PMI had the opportunity to speak on trends in regional development of innovation ecosystems at the kickoff the the Singularity U Minneapolis-St. Paul chapter event.   The event was widely attended and hosted in the main auditorium of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Business.  I’m currently serving on the leadership team of the Singularity U local chapter.  This was the first public event of the chapter and featured multiple speakers on the topic of innovation.

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Future Good: Book Launch

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October 24th, 2018

I attended the launch of Trista Harris’ new book Future Good hosted by Wise Ink at T3 in downtown Minneapolis.   The event was well attended and Trista presented a great video and addressed the crowd about her journey in creating the book.    She has embarked on a life of “living” the life of a futurist.  Whether it is traveling to the United Nations or visiting Richard Branson on Necker Island,  she has integrated learning about the future into her daily life.

The book is a fascinate read about her journey and insights she is gleaning along the way about future trends in the world and how it affects the world she comes from that is foundations and non-profits.  A good book to challenge old ways of thinking in those spaces and to begin to envision the opportunities possible if foundations and non-profits can align to the future and evolve their organizations to be relevant in making a meaningful impact in that future.

Learn more about the book.

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SCPD Innovation Conference

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I attended the SCPD ( Society of Concurrent Product Development ) Innovation conference host on June 14th – 15th at the Minnesota Museum of Science in St. Paul Minnesota.  The multi-day event included a wide range of speakers covering topics like artificial intelligence, automation, robotics, virtual reality and other cutting edge trends affecting today’s business and society.   Speakers also participated in panel discussions and open Q&A with the audience.  The open discussion and networking periods where great opportunities to connect with both local and out of state people who are working in innovation.

Below is the agenda of speakers:

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University St. Thomas Spring Seminar

 

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Understanding the new frontiers in corporate strategy and innovation was a key theme University St. Thomas Spring Seminar focusing on Risk Leadership.  The event was hosted April 25, 2018 on the UST campus located in downtown Minneapolis Minnesota.  The event featured keynote speakers and several breakout tracks focusing on Risk Leadership and Risk Managment.   The attendees were primarily senior practitioners from twin cities corporations, as well as, SMEs from consulting firms and university students are in the UST Risk Management programs.

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ACG – Food Technology

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IMG_4305The Alliance for Corporate Growth hosted their monthly lunch at the Hilton Gallery on April 17th, 2018.   This event was focused on several local companies that specialized in advanced food technologies.  Their stories on how they are revolutionizing the food industry and paving the way for an entirely new age of healthy food was inspiring.

Some of the major challenges facing society is the level of overall illness that has been created by the current agriculture and food industries that are more focused on profits than actually on the nutrition and health of their products they are selling to consumers.  Another global challenge is the exponential population growth rates in many countries around the world.   This increase places huge food production and transportation issues for the industry.  One statistic shared stated that in the next 40 years we will have to grow 4000 times the amount of food that we have in the past just to feed the world’s population.  The talk also covered more Trends that are impacting the food industry overall.   Continue reading “ACG – Food Technology”

2018 Globalization Trends

240_F_6103632_ib328fMRJVHjrJSvj2VORJI21LaeKU1sIn this blog we will take a look at some top trends in globalization that are facing national and corporate strategies.  Globalization had massive momentum before the 2008 economic recession.  While many economies have recovered and are growing there are new forces today that are creating challenges to continued global integration.

Strategic Considerations:

  • The rise of nationalistic goals and causes has created more international tension and is slowing collaboration for united efforts towards shared opportunities and global challenges.
  • Many existing agreements like UK Union (Brexit), Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFDA) are falling apart without a new solution to advance the relationships.
  • Companies are increasing learning of the difficulties to understand localization of new markets, partnerships and navigating foreign policies.  Size alone may not be enough to successful globalize vs. regional relationship and relevance.
  • Population growth in BRIC to ICASA is creating new billion+ people markets and equal number of ecological challenges.  These areas of opportunity will be disrupted by their own sustainability crisis.  Compounding this trends is that the shift to urbanization is no where near complete in these countries and yet their cities and infrastructures are already beyond capacity.
  • Development of the middle class is a global concern for both developed and developing nations.  Economic growth without opportunity for an aspiring middle class has proven to be unsustainable long term.
  • Growing populations have a near term crisis of improving education to make the emerging workforce relevant, as well as, the need to develop new services for their aging populations.
  • Corporate involvement in Social causes and infrastructure will increase in terms of time, investment and focus in all regions.  Stability, prosperity and livability are key to corporate survivability.
  • The competition for natural resources will become ever more at the forefront of all strategies.  Both in securing and security the resources a nation has, but to also secure the relationships and collaborations needed to exchange resources with others.  This also drive innovation in shifting to new forms of sustainability to reduce critical dependencies on current resources.  This will continue to create new opportunities or disruptions for companies that either can or cannot respond to the demand.
  • Last century was dominated by the growth of global vertical players.   Today the rise of horizontal players and integrators will generate new forms of partnerships and disruptions for the classic business models that will reform business ecosystems.
  • The disruptive power of new digital currencies could unseat may traditional financial business models.   It does offer potentially a long term promise of a more integrated and audible world of finance, there is still the shorter term maturation and security issues that economies will have endure if they begin down that path.
  • While trade and migration are under strain,  the rise of data exchange continues to expand exponentially.   This is creating new opportunities to understand the worlds big data insights to make better decisions and investments.
  • The dark side or dark web continues to rise along with the growth of data exchange.  Global investment in securing digital transactions and traceability will be required to maintain stability of markets and economies.

Sources:  Harvard, McKinsey, Inc