WOBI contributing editor Forrest Jones caught up with Trish Gorman before WOBI on Innovation for a quick Q&A session prior to her presentation at the forum on June 4-5.
1. --Disruption requires not just desire, but specific configurations of traits, behaviors and attitudes. What are those traits and how does a company instill them?
Though no single configuration of traits defines a disruptor, disruptor individuals do frequently have certain clusters of traits. Curiosity and passion, for example, are two common ones—even though not all curious and passionate people are disruptors. A company can promote the combinations of traits and behaviors it desires through a combination of modelling desired attitudes, hiring for certain traits, and creating incentives for expressing disruptive behaviors in productive ways.
WOBI contributing editor Forrest Jones caught up with Stephen Ritz before WOBI on Innovation for a quick Q&A session prior to his presentation at the forum on June 4-5.
1. As head of the Green Bronx Machine, you're providing food, nutrition and job skills that at-risk children will need to thrive nowadays. How do green walls help kids in ways beyond providing nutrition?
When kids learn about nature and learn about nurture; their lives and their relationships with the built and living environments change exponentially for the better. We’re changing mindsets and landscapes across the Bronx and moving those who are and were traditionally “apart from” to becoming “a part of” in ways that benefit 100% of society, across all sectors! To think we can grow our own economy, while engaging kids in school and generating tremendous academic and health outcomes rooted in technology that can help feed the world and help mitigate some of the most pressing environmental challenges of this and future generations is helping my students to become 21st Century “Solutionaries!” We are changing the nature of the food chain; moving folks from simple consumers to becoming producers! Thirty thousand pounds of student grown vegetables later, my favorite crop is organically grown citizens, graduates and members of the middle class; kids who are aspiring to things they’ve never even imagined before! I also love Arugula and Asian Eggplant! We’re growing people!