Dubbed "Mr. Creativity" by The Economist
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- Specializes in: Creativity/Innovation, Entrepreneurship
- Travels From: California
Who is the most interesting man in the world? Maybe John Kao!
• Designer of Hillary Clinton’s innovation plan
• Artist in residence for Yamaha
• Jazz musician
• A big deal in ed tech
• Advisor to the navy
• Advisor to Angela Merkel
• Founder of several companies
The common thread is creativity—he can see things across industries that are all over the place and because of that he’s got the ability to add value and bring fresh (smart) eyes to all kinds of problems.
Dubbed “Mr. Creativity” and “a serial innovator” by The Economist, John Kao is a leading authority on innovation, business creativity, organizational transformation and emerging technologies. John has been a trusted advisor to senior leaders of both public and private sector organizations. He has advised the governments of Finland and Singapore on their innovation strategies as well as leading firms such as Nike, Intel, and BASF.
Kao’s thought leadership is expressed in his books: Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity, a BusinessWeek best-seller that has been published in a dozen languages; and Innovation Nation, which sounds the alarm about America’s growing innovation challenge. He has published three e-books: The Future is Yours to Invent, Are You a Producer? and Clearing the Mind for Creativity.
John’s work has been profiled in major publications, including The Economist, Harvard Business Review and The New York Times. He has served in many prestigious membership and advisory roles:
• Board Member—Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium
• Member—Innovation Commission of Cisco Systems
• Senior Visiting Fellow at Singapore Civil Service College
• Honorary Vice President of Arts and Business in the U.K.
• Advisor to Finnish Innovation Fund
• Advisor to Sitra
• Chairman—World Economic Forum’s Global Advisory Council on Innovation
• Advisor to Finland’s Aalto (Innovation) University
• Fellow of the Royal Society of Art
• Advisor to Clinton Global Initiative
John is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor in emerging technology, and a Tony-nominated producer of film and stage. He was producer of the Broadway play, Golden Child, production executive on Sex, Lies and Videotape, and executive producer of Mr. Baseball. A jazz pianist at heart, he spent the summer of 1969 playing keyboards for rock legend Frank Zappa.
Bringing Innovation to Innovation
Innovation: one of the most commonly used yet most poorly understood concepts in the management lexicon. These days, innovation is "the new black," yet organizations and leaders who know how to do it and "get it done" are in woefully short supply. It's no wonder that most organizations embracing innovation wind up with disappointment, due to a combination of vague definitions, unrealistic expectations and lack of innovation skills.
In this speech, John Kao serves up a revolutionary view on the how of innovation, where it is defined not only as a brainstorm-to-blueprint process, but by results based on discipline and practice. He will challenge you to take your innovation agenda to a new level of practicality and results.
Jamming The Art of Getting Innovation Done (interactive presentation with music)
Jazz music is innovation made audible. In this presentation, John Kao brings innovation to life on stage using speech, music, and audience engagement. Using a piano to demonstrate how jazz is a guiding metaphor for business, Kao "jams" on stage with Yamaha Artists and shares the keys to innovation that he taught at Harvard. These "innovation concerts" have drawn uniformly rave reviews and have been staged at the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Google headquarters, the World Innovation Forum, and Xerox Parc. John leverages his status as Yahama's first-ever "Artist in Innovation" to combine state of the art technology and leading edge concepts of innovation to create a unique and memorable experience.
• Discover how great companies, like great musicians, creatively improvise and innovate to create great products with unique value
• Find out how to make innovation happen
• Understand how improvisation is key to innovation
• Learn how to manage an innovative organization
Innovation Nation: How America is Losing its Innovation Edge, Why It Matters, and What We Can Do To Get It Back
Based on his bestselling book, Innovation Nation, one of the BusinessWeek Best Business Books, Kao argues that the U.S. still has the capability not only to regain our competitive edge, but to take a bold step ahead of the global community and secure a leadership role in the 21st century. We must, though, take serious and concerted action fast.