Stop Trying to Save the World

The Rainforest Revolution
News on growing ecosystems for innovation and entrepreneurship


How do we accelerate entrepreneurship, technology, and impact at scale?

Join over 1,000 of your fellow “new economy builders” to learn the latest tools for supercharging startup ecosystems at the Global Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley. The Global Innovation Summit is the centerpiece of Global Innovation Week, which features multiple events and activities throughout the region. Click here to register before December 31 and get 10% off — your last chance to get an early bird discount!





Can 17th Century French History Transform Healthcare?

By Henry Doss, Chief Strategy Officer of T2 Venture Creation, from Forbes
The leader of a healthcare industry coalition uses his doctorate in 17th century French history to solve the problems of a 21st century healthcare system in desperate need of innovation. Read more here.


Stop Trying to Save the World

New Republic
The reported failures of many big ideas to address problems in the developing world may not be because they were the wrong ideas, but because they did not take into account that human society is a complex adaptive system.  Success comes not from scaling up location specific solutions, but rather from addressing the underlying problems in such systems.  Read more here.


Want to Build a One-of-a-Kind Company? Ask Peter Thiel

An interview with the legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel, whose book “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future” shows how the nature of competition can weaken innovation. See more here.


Entropy Can Lead To Order, Paving the Route to Nanostructures

University of Michigan News
Scientists use the principle of disorder to encourage particles to join together into stable structures that could be used in astonishing ways. Read more here.


Why Is Innovation So Hard?

Innovation doesn’t come naturally to most people, who have difficulty changing the way they think – especially those who are used to striving for an orderly and quantifiable process. Read more here.



Colombia Is One Of Latin America’s Most Promising New Tech Hubs

Government-led tax incentives and efforts to attract investors help the nation shed its reputation for lawlessness and corruption to emerge as one of the region’s best places to start a company. Read more here.


How Can Government Support South Africa’s Startup Ecosystem?

Building a culture of entrepreneurship, cutting red tape, easing labor laws, and adopting successful capital generation models were four recommendations for government action that emerged from a recent startup South African conference. Read more here.


The Startups of Nazareth

Bloomberg BusinessWeek
Cutting-edge startups are growing in the ancient Israeli city of Nazareth, part of a tech boom that struggles with the same sectarian issues that are now plaguing the nation. Read more here.



Application deadline is December 31, 2014. 

We seek the world’s top companies and organizations that enable the super-linear growth of the ecosystems around them. They must catalyze the ideals of connectivity, openness, diversity, and trust that are essential to the innovation process. They must nurture the success of others.  Rather than a simple “Best Of” list, where one focuses solely on the entity itself, we are looking at what the entity does to catalyze more activity around itself.  We seek to reward those entities that create multiplier effects beyond themselves, that catalyze the growth of entire ecosystems.

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Connections: does the company/organization connect people that are otherwise disconnected in meaningful, productive ways?
  • Platform: does the company/organization lower the cost of doing business across an entire system?
  • Culture: does the company/organization foster trust in the community, industry or society?
  • Motivations: does the company/organization demonstrate social responsibility or sustainable, systematic impact?
  • Team: how does the company/organization collaborate with employees, advisors, suppliers, distributors and other partners?


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