When the San Francisco Giants won the World Series a week ago, GM sales exec Rikk Wilde had the honor of presenting the World Series MVP trophy to Giants’ pitcher, Madison Bumgarner. The presentation was a mess. First of all GM bet on the wrong team winning, because their man Wilde is an avid Kansas City Royals […]

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In Part One of this post, we shared an observation made in 1982 by the actor Barnard Hughes, on the set of the motion picture, Tron, that in the digital world, everything is remembered, nothing is forgotten. We defined it in scientific terms as Barney’s Law: Memory expands to fill a network. Here in Part […]

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(RE-PUBLISHING, BY REQUEST, A POST THAT GOT LOST WHEN WE MIGRATED OUR SITE TO A NEW SERVER)  The story of the “Mystery Table” (here’s the backstory) was how one group managed to out-perform eleven others in an ideation session we conducted at the 2012 Annenberg Innovation Summit. All around them, teams went on tilt figuring […]

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The second principle of GameChangers is that game is infinite. By this we mean that a good game has infinite capacity to  “unfold, unfurl and evolve” (in the parlance of the great improvisation teacher, David Razowsky) so that through the playing of the game we can generate lots of productive outcomes. What we’re really saying when […]

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Our colleague Rasul Sha’ir (@cnvrgnc) sent this quote our way. It speaks to the choices we make in terms of language, and how those choices influence our future:   What world you end up living in depends at least in part on your use of language. Do you want to move and breathe amidst infertile […]

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I get a lot of links in my network to Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling compiled by a Pixarian named Emma Coats. It’s certainly useful advice for storytellers, as far as it goes. Numbering things to institutionalize them is, however, a tricky thing, because numbers are boundless. Numbers don’t define boundaries. People do. (A more […]

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This article from the Gawker Media site io9 posted a year ago depicts an experiment in which 32 metronomes out of phase with one naturally sync up–if the platform on which they’re sitting is moveable! The oscillations of one entity affect another. This is a fundamental of physics that often goes by the name of […]

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This is a wonderful example of how a GameChanger responds to adversity. The French superdeejays, Daft Punk, were scheduled to appear on Comedy Central’s Colbert Report Tuesday night. They were no-shows because of a contractual obligation they’d made to MTV. Stephen Colbert got mad. And then he got busy changing the game. Instead of turning […]

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When you begin a picture, you often make some pretty discoveries. You must be on guard against these. Destroy the thing, do it over several times. In each destroying of a beautiful discovery the artist does not really suppress it, but rather transforms it, condenses it, makes it more substantial. – Pablo Picasso Paul Levy, […]

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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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