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What problem do you want to solve?

It’s a question we should ask ourselves and ask our children instead of asking what do you want to be when you grow up.   Educating the next generation of leaders requires new innovative approaches and as the school year draws to a close we reached out to Jaime Casap, the education evangelist at Google who spoke at Harvest Summit last year, to catch up and hear what’s new and next.   Let’s start with a lighting round: What did you want to be when you grew up? Movie Director And now the question we should be asking, what problem…

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Earth Day is Everyday!

Earth day is everyday and today we celebrate the doers – those who don’t just talk about a problem, like plastic pollution, but who take action. From the shores of O’ahu we can tell you plastic is a problem. It’s easy to become numb to the headlines – whales washing ashore, their bellies full of plastic. Then you stroll down a beach and see it. Miles of plastic, from tiny bits to big containers, all lined up. We can do better. O’ahu locals like musician Jack Johnson are leaning in. Jack Johnson’s 2010-2011 To The Sea tour partnered with over…

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GET OUT AND GET REAL

It’s been said doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity. So why keep going to the same old conferences and expect a different result? The model is broken. Hotel ballroom + panels + rubber chicken lunch + grin and grab = lame experience and marginal results at best. We believe there’s a better way. Get out and get real. For executive leaders in particular, conferences are more of a PR strategy than an authentic learning and networking experience. It’s a speaking opp. Executives arrive and have a handler escort…

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What are you doing Friday, October 19th?

Take a look at your calendar on Friday 19 October. Where are your meetings taking place? Who are you in conversations with? What will your view look like? The most successful executives ruthlessly look ahead at their calendar and delete, decline, and dump meetings and commitments that don’t inspire them or improve the probability of them hitting their goals. So, for Friday October 19, are you having conversations in a vineyard overlooking acres of beautiful Sonoma County? Are you planning to get out of your usual networking bubble and meet executives from different industries and functions? If you would like to join an innovation field trip…

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HARVEST INNOVATION

Harvest is in full swing here in Sonoma County wine country. You bump into tractors and follow trucks stacked sky high with bins full of harvested fruit. It’s an exciting time. The promise of a whole new vintage. We intentionally hold Harvest Summit in Sonoma County this time of year because it is not only exciting and beautiful as the leaves on the vineyards turn but farming and harvesting is a metaphor for what is required in business. We must plant the seeds of progress, seek new practices, test new tools, cultivate ecosystems and be mindful of the impact we…

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5 Reasons to tell your friend what a Blockchain is

Blockchain is one of the most talked about, buzz worthy and often misunderstood technology developments of the year. Which is exactly the reason why we programmed a 75 min session for our cross-industry delegates to learn more and talk about the transformative potential of this open and distributed ledger system. Blockchain challenges our need for institutional systems potentially disintermediating everything from banks to insurance brokers. Trust of a third party to conduct and verify a transaction no longer has to be placed in the hands of a third party. Instead it’s directly into the hands of those transacting on the…

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HARVEST SUMMIT ANNOUNCES 2018 SPEAKERS AND PARTNERS

Third Annual Innovation Field Trip Attracts Business Leaders and Influencers to Sonoma County Wine Country to Spark Change and Drive Innovation HEALDSBURG, California – August 28, 2018 – Harvest Summit, the outdoor invitation-only Innovation Field Trip in Sonoma County wine country, announced today its speaker and sponsor partner line up. The third annual Harvest Summit will bring together 250 cross-industry innovators, influencers and tastemakers joined by award-winning chefs, winemakers and artisans for a reception Thursday, October 18 and a full day summit on Friday, October 19 at an undisclosed estate in Sonoma County’s premium wine country. The Summit will feature more than…

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Content is Still King

When, where, how, how often and the volume of content we consume is evolving. #dematerialisation Every major content industry (music, video, books, video games and the press), individual company, personality and marketer is leveraging the opportunity to serve up more engaging content faster. #trending Original programming is no different. Just this week, Jeffrey Katzenberg’s ‘NewTV’ startup with Meg Whitman as the CEO closed $1 Billion in funding aimed at the creation of bite-size original programming designed for smartphones. #consumeonthego Investors included the major studios: Disney, Fox, Sony, Lionsgate, MGM, NBCU, Viacom, WarnerMedia, Alibaba, Liberty Global and Madrone Capital. The creation,…

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How will you preserve summer?

Sharing the incredibley fresh artistry of food and living is just one of the things that makes Harvest Summit unique. Enjoy flower power and more from our friends at James Beard award winning Healdsburg SHED. We love to gather, share and learn with them. #moderngrange #umeboshi #nocino #plumsalad #lemonkosho The seasons inform every aspect of Healdsburg SHED. As the weather warms up and we begin to harvest summer produce, SHED turns its attention to the flavors of early summer. We feature the freshness of edible flowers and the richness of our preserved harvest. Summer at SHED aims to balance these…

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Dear executive leader, I dare you to take a vacation

Summer is here. June arrives with graduations, moving on ceremonies and the first days of camp. The days are long, the sun’s out and you have work to do – leading your company, managing budgets, setting KPIs, measuring progress. Taking a summer vacation should be one of your KPIs. You set the tone. While you may pride yourself on your hard work and dedication, research suggests you will actually work harder, perform better and have better health, stamina and happiness for your work if you take time off. As executives you likely feel the pressure to always be on. It’s…

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