Rainforest Rev: Understanding Noise and Steve Jobs


Innovation Is The Art Of Understanding Noise And Signal

Henry Doss, Chief Strategy Officer of T2 Venture Creation, from Forbes
Looking at data solely through the lens of prediction is almost certain to distort understanding and insight. When prediction is the most powerful force driving your leadership decisions, certainty becomes your primary currency, above all others. Information then becomes the place you go to hunt for things to support what you have very likely already decided is true or important, rather than what you might discover to be true or important. Read more here.

Get Your Lab Coat: 3 Innovation Tips From a World Bank Science Expert

The Huffington Post
To model something is a way to approach complex problems. Then, you break things down and simplify. You can reuse parts of ideas and don’t need to reinvent a new concept. You can reuse those parts as the basis of your new business. Also, scientific skepticism can balance out an entrepreneur’s passion. Read more here.

The Competitive Power of Counterintuitive Thinking

The Wall Street Journal
To understand Silicon Valley, perhaps it’s best to start with this quote from Steve Jobs: “creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while.” In joining the dots, entrepreneurs and innovators recognize new product ideas that at first glance seem counterintuitive. But upon reflection, these ideas become obvious, commonplace. Read more here.

The New Science of Intentional Change

This View of Life
The planetary limits have been reached and economic growth threatens our very existence if we don’t change our dominant cultural paradigm.  The great challenge of this epoch is planetary stabilization. Read more here.

Did the internet prevent all invention from moving to one place?

The diffusion of the internet has had varying effects on the location of economic activity, leading to both increases and decreases in geographic concentration. Some argue that the internet worked against increasing concentration in invention. This relationship is particularly strong for inventions with more than one inventor, and when inventors live in different cities. Read more here.


Start-up city

The Economist
Paris is changing. The young are no longer drawn to corporate life. Unemployment among graduates is 10%. Successful entrepreneurs and investors now show what is possible. Finally, the Socialist government, which once whacked entrepreneurs with taxes, has changed. Read more here.

With a clear vision, proposed tech corridor can happen

Albuquerque Journal
An internationally known urban planning architecture firm is recruited by the University of New Mexico’s Robert Frank and engaged primarily by UNM, but also by the city to help chart its course to the creation of a vibrant new urban technology corridor. This firm is adopting the “Rainforest” framework in its design of the new urban technology corridor. Read more here.

2015 Crossroads Report

A new report came out about Australia and its opportunity to transition from an economy based on resources, primary industries and domestically focused businesses to one based on high-growth knowledge-intensive businesses. Read more here.

Rainforest Rev: Aspen Institute and Innovation


Get to Know the Aspen Institute

Aspen Institute
Two books that really shape our thinking as we build out the Center for Urban Innovation at the Aspen Institute are Victor Hwang’s “The Rainforest,” which explains that innovation is a result of networks and relationships — it’s not a top-down process, and “Searching for Necessity” by a design consultancy called TomorrowToday, which identifies amazing community based innovation work across the country. Read more here.

Innovation That Matters

The “secret sauce” of ecosystem development lies in the creation of effective networks that bring together broad arrays of stakeholders within an industry; facilitate open exchange of ideas; and bridge cultural gaps between different groups to promote effective collaboration. Read more here.

Startup Balance: Finding the Harmony Between Work and Life

Kauffman Foundation
This book illustrates the reality of surviving the entrepreneurial life while trying to find the harmony between the people that love and support them and the dreams they are trying to accomplish. Read more here.

Beyond capitalism and socialism: could a new economic approach save the planet?

The Guardian
To avoid social, environmental and economic collapse, the world needs to move beyond the standard choices of capitalism or socialism. That’s the conclusion of a new report released Wednesday by US think tank Capital Institute. Read more here.


Behind China’s Billion-Dollar Startups: Alumni of Alibaba, Tencent

The Wall Street Journal
A growing number of entrepreneurs who got their start at China’s three leading Internet firms—Alibaba, Tencent Holdings Ltd. and Baidu Inc. —and are now trying their luck at their own ventures. Read more here.

The Fintech Revolution

The Economist
From payments to wealth management, from peer-to-peer lending to crowdfunding, a new generation of startups is taking aim at the heart of the industry—and a pot of revenues that Goldman Sachs estimates is worth $4.7 trillion. Read more here.

In Europe, Fake Jobs Can Have Real Benefits

The New York Times
The fake companies with imagined sales are all part of an elaborate training network that effectively operates as a parallel economic universe. They are used to combat the alarming rise in long-term unemployment while keeping unemployed workers stay current with their job skills. Read more here.


Wold Cup Tech Challenge

June 4th, 2015 at Microsoft in Silicon Valley
Don’t miss the 2nd Annual World Cup Tech Challenge–tickets are 25% off with code WCT25! This year, 25 startups representing 18 countries are competing for the Cup. Get tickets now and secure a front-row seat to the most exciting startup competition of the year. You’ll be able to meet entrepreneurs from all over the world, as well as Silicon Valley VCs and investors; you’ll also have the chance to learn from and be inspired by our keynote speakers, who hail from Singularity University Labs, Google for Entrepreneurs, and Blackbox. Visit http://www.worldcuptech.com/ to get tickets, meet the competing companies (and vote for your favorite), and check out the judges and panelists.