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The experience is everything

Long after a trip, an event, a tasting or dinner, it’s the experience you remember. It’s why companies like Airbnb offer “experiences,” why tasting rooms are switching to seated engagement and chefs engineer your flow the moment you walk in the door. The stakes are high to get your attention, serve up a lasting experience and retain your engagement. The tourism industry that supports these experiences is one of the largest industries in the world. Here in Sonoma County, CA it’s $2.175 billion opportunity. At Harvest Summit you’ll have the rare opportunity to share a one-of-a-kind experience  with chefs and…

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Get Woke to Your Environmental Impact

Let’s talk about innovating your morning routine. Small changes can make a difference. Start with your cup.  Below is perspective we’re sharing from our partner Klean Kanteen who tapped Faye Lesser on how you can start to combat climate change with your morning cup of coffee.  *Spoiler Alert: All Harvest Summit delegates will get a killer new Klean Kanteen in our efforts to reduce single use items. Breakfast, it’s the first and most important meal of the day (or so we hear). Waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee and a hearty breakfast is something that humans around the…

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12 signs of a healthy work culture

The world’s best innovators are PEOPLE, from entrepreneurs and executives to ordinary managers. How they collaborate, communicate and work with others can either foster innovation or kill it. Is your team or company culture fostering or killing innovation? Here are 12 signs to look for courtesy of Saeed Mirfattah, M.A., CPCC (Certified Professional Co-Active Coach®), Conscious Coaching Alliance.  At Harvest Summit this fall Saeed will be one of the experts offering his consulting time during our Innovation Office Hours. More about his background and expertise below. “The role of a creative leader is not to have all the ideas; it’s…

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9 Questions to Spark Innovation

Mindset, skill set, culture, funding and more are vital to the success of innovation endeavors. Are you or your organization asking the right questions to spark innovation?  We tapped Helene Cahen, founder of Strategic Insights to outline 9 questions to help you. Find out about unblockers, pirates and zombie projects below – insights collected from her discussions and experiences with clients and perspectives gleaned from speakers at other innovation conferences. At Harvest Summit this fall Helene will be one of the experts offering her consulting time during our Innovation Office Hours. More about her background and expertise below. These questions…

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Innovating Education

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela Inspiring the next generation of innovators and doers is something we’re always thinking about. There’s a 10 year old out there right now that just might change the world. What they experience, how they learn, who guides them and what opportunities they have could change everything.    As millions of children head back to school, we reached out to check in with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and chat with Sara Allen who leads the foundation’s K-12 education research to evaluate promising models…

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Top 5 Reasons to Attend

We asked our esteemed board of advisors and former delegates to share their top 5 reasons to attend: Be inspired to level up your innovation skills – from your mindset to your toolkit Harvest transferable insights from leaders in other industries you wouldn’t expect – reframe and rethink opportunities in your own industry Connect with a unique community of innovators and build meaningful relationships to unlock business value beyond the summit Take time to think and be open to new ideas and connections that could transform your industry Celebrate the art, science and social impact of innovation Harvest Summit is…

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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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