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Oct 4, 2019

“Comedy loosens the brain. It generates creativity. There’s something physiologically that happens in our brains. We stop thinking linearly and start thinking non-linearly when we hear jokes, when we try to tell jokes.”

Courtney Bickert on Green Connections Radio


And now for something different….To solve today’s most intractable problems – from climate change to inequality to combating terrorism and corruption – as well as business challenges, we need  the most creative ideas we can find, figure out how to do them, and then find ways to implement them.  

So, when I met my guest today, I knew I needed to introduce you to her.  Listen to my interview with Courtney Bickert, social innovator and comedienne, with her thoroughly different take on social innovation

You’ll hear:

·       How you can use comedy to drive social innovation in a large organization.·       The connection between the Innovators’ DNA and comedy.·       Your brain on comedy.·       Why improvisational comedians came up with 20% more new ideas, and those rated 25% more creative, than professional product designers in a recent study. 

"For me, what’s really important is to find, is what is it that you’re really good at…and then fitting that into where you can do good. That can be in a company… in a for-profit setting,… in a nonprofit setting…in your neighborhood…build on what you’re good at.

Courtney Bickert on Green Connections Radio

You’ll also want to listen to:

·       Rasha Hasaneen, Vice President, Product Management Excellence and Innovation, Ingersoll Rand. Beth Colleton, Former Chief Sustainability Officer, NBCUniversal and the NFL, on purpose-driven innovation. Laura Nereng, leading an innovation lab at 3M, on founding and building break-through innovation in a large, legacy company. Alfia Ilecheva & Maria Potoroczyn, Cofounders of Women in Innovation, on strategic innovation and how women do it differently. 

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