Episode 4 - Valerie Fox and Entrepreneurship

 
 

The meaning of the term entrepreneur is evolving and our guest, Valerie Fox, knows a thing or two about it. With incubators and accelerators popping up around the world, Valerie Fox speaks to her vision of the new renaissance and what it means for today's entrepreneurs. 

For those unfamiliar, Valerie is a woman of many hats. She is an executive director, creator director and life coach. She is known for her work at IBM Canada, as well as for developing and co-founding the Ryerson Digital Media Zone (DMZ), a multidisciplinary workspace, business incubator and startup accelerator for digital media businesses. She holds multiple patents, including one for the concept of the “Universal Shopping Cart” and four patents for the “Synchronized Multi-Tablet Internet/TV System. Most recently she has launched a new company called The Pivotal Point, which brings the magic of the hugely successful DMZ incubator and Zone experience at Ryerson University to other academic institutions, corporations and regions that are looking to move into the digital age. 

SHOW NOTES: 
Digital Media Zone (DMZ) - Ryerson
Tshimologong Precinct, Johannesburg  - Incubation Project
Cambridge Innovation Center
 

Episode 3 - Luigi Ferrara and the Wisdom Economy

 
 

Knowledge doesn't solve problems...but wisdom does. Our guest, Luigi Ferrara speaks to this truth and how he has a developed a methodology to help businesses, communities, and countries around the world solve the most incredible problems. 

An architect, designer, educator, and poet - there is no doubt in our minds that Luigi Ferrara is the truest of modern day Renaissance man. Currently the Dean of the Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology at George Brown College, and the director of The Institute Without Boundaries. His previous accomplishments include Executive Board Member for the International Council of the Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) from 1997-2003, and then as President in 2003-05, after which he assumed the role of an ICSID Senator. Prior to his time at ICSID, Luigi was the President and CEO of DXNet Inc. between 1999-2002, Founding Director of the Architectural Literacy Forum (ALF) and Honorary Member of the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACID O). In addition to his roles as architect, designer, entrepreneur, educator and lecturer, Luigi is a Registered Architect with seal (member of the Ontario Association of Architects and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada). He has curated exhibitions and authored books and catalogues.

SHOW NOTES: 
Massive Change - Bruce Mau
Game Theory
 

Episode 2 - Patrick Pittman and the Alpine Review

 
 

We spoke with Patrick Pittman to discuss a handful of the countless interesting and ageless articles from the latest issue of the Alpine Review while also touching on its core theme of Permanence… something that is hard to find in this day and age.

Patrick Pitman is the co-editor of the Alpine Review – an independent magazine providing its readers with an expansive understanding of the world we are living in now. The articles and stories span across industry, across culture, and across the environment. This 300+ page journal has been aptly described by writer, Ruth Jamieson, as “The Economist’s cooler, better dressed sister”.

To find our more about Patrick please visit - http://patrickpittman.com/

SHOW NOTES:
The Alpine Review
Monocle
Lewis Lapham (Lapham's Quarterly)
Rejected by Don Hertzfeld
The World of Tomorrow by Don Hertzfeld
Alka-Seltzer 'Plop Plop, Fizz Fizz' Commercial (1976)
Keep America Beautiful - (Crying-Indian) - 70s PSA Commercial
All Dressed Up For Mars and Nowhere to Go by Elmo Keep
Fritjof Capra
The Last Days of Target - Canadian Business Article
1960's Tony the Tiger 
2010's Tony the Tiger 

Episode 1 - Welcome to the New Renaissance

 
 

Welcome to the New Renaissance!
This introductory episode will take you through the basis of our thinking into why we believe we are all living in a new renaissance and why you should care. 

SHOW NOTES:
Ian Mirlin
Axial Age - Karl Jaspers
Johannes Gutenberg
Girolamo Savonarola

Suggested Readings
The Age of Discovery -  Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance by Ian Goldin
The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Prof Klaus Schwab