First of all, big thanks to our friend and associate, Rasul Sha’ir, and a blog post on the Cnvrgnc website, for prompting this notion. Background: Rasul knows damn well I don’t like the word “consumer.” I insist on calling a brand’s universe of possible purchasers “customers,” because what’s most important to the people who buy […]

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We met our friend Ron Finley in 2010 when we joined LA Green Grounds, a group he co-founded with three other skilled gardeners–Vanessa Vobis, Florence Nishida and Sachiko Speaks–to install edible gardens in the front yards of homes in South Central Los Angeles. Ron describes South Central as a “food desert,” where the prevalence of […]

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January’s GameChanger of the Month is filmmaker Steven Soderbergh , who has announced his retirement from directing feature films after the release of his next film, Side Effects. In 24 years, Soderbergh has directed 26 feature films, including Sex, Lies and Videotape; The Limey; Out of Sight; The Informant; Oceans Eleven; and Traffic.  He’s now changing […]

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Our friend, Howard was the publicist on the film, Tex, which was Matt Dillon‘s breakout role as a leading actor in a feature film. Young Dillon was barely out of his teens at the time, maybe even still a teenager, and was, by all accounts, a raw and rambunctious lad. He and Howard were in […]

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Interviewed after his Dallas Mavericks’ victory tonight over the Miami Heat for the NBA championship, their star shooting guard Jason Terry was asked how they did it, and he said (I’m paraphrasing)… “We found a home for everybody’s stories. Everybody’s story came together here. Dirk (Nowitzki’s), Jason (Kidd’s), mine, Shawn Marion’s, Stojakovich, Berea, Tyson Chandler, […]

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Several years ago, in a Level One improv class at I.O. West, I did a scene with Parvesh Cheena where he and I were given the situation of being trapped together in an elevator.   I immediately began McGuyvering my way out of the situation.   (“You got a paper clip?  We’ll pick the lock on […]

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Adapted from GameChangers–Improvisation for Business in the Networked World, by Mike Bonifer: Addition–Entering a scene in progress for the purpose of contributing immediately to the team’s performance; contributing to a scene; giving a gift Agreement, The Agreement Principle–A principle of improvisation, characterized by players’ openness towards each other and an organization or communications network’s openness […]

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Thanks to our friend, Nilofer Merchant, founder of Rubicon Consulting in San Francisco and author of the insightful new book, The New How, for fanning this New York Times interview with Vineet Nayar, CEO of HCL Technologies.  HCL is a 54,000-person IT services company based outside Delhi with 2009 revenues of $2.3 billion. Nayar’s ‘employees […]

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