Author Archives: Julie Anixter


When most Americans think of Pilgrims, they think of Plymouth Rock, the founding of the colony that became America. They came in a search of religious freedom. But the word has an older and deeper meaning, illuminated beautifully here by Sister Rose Pacette, Director at Pauline Center for Media Studies. Continue reading

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How Brewery Ommegang battled to conquer new kingdoms while keeping current subjects loyal and inspired by creating the Game of Thrones Beer series in collaboration with HBO. Continue reading

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Dr. Patricia McFate, my godmother, and the first renaissance woman we knew, after our mother, passed away peacefully last week. There’s nothing like death to clarify life. Continue reading

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The Back End of Innovation alights there for real this year, from October 6-8.  As the conference chair (full disclosure) I fought for this choice because I wanted to help plunge the heavy-lifter innovation crowd into an EXPERIENCE of innovation — implemented. Continue reading

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 Beth Comstock on Being Bold

Executives are increasingly shaking off paralysis and looking to take control. Beth Comstock weighs in… Continue reading

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2014 GE Innovation Barometer Sees Disruption-Ready Mindset

It’s been a big couple of weeks for the disruption-in-the-business world zeitgeist. The New York Times Innovation Report got leaked. Harvard Professor Jill Lepore’s piece in the New Yorker has caused ripples because it essentially attacks Clay Christensen’s theories as “poor prophets” of the future. Whitney Johnson wrote a terrific rebuttal, Has the Theory of Disruption Hit Puberty. In the midst of this fray, GE published its 2014 Innovation Barometer. If you like research on the state of innovation (and we do) — this is for you. Continue reading

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Can Your Organization Dance with StartUps?

Paul Earle (Executive Director of Farmhouse, the innovation and new venture center of Leo Burnett) sits down with Dean DeBiase (Chairman of Reboot Partners) and Sonny Garg (Chief Innovation Officer of the energy giant Exelon) for a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion on the mash-up of Design Thinking and Startup Thinking. This, rare no-holds-barred exchange takes off the protective veneer and is a lot of fun too. Continue reading

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