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Make A Difference

Welcome to the dawn of business reimagined. The day of mindful leadership, impact and triple bottom line has arrived. From Larry Flink’s Blackrock Purpose & Profit letter to 200 CEOs declaring shareholder value is no longer their main objective, it’s no longer business as usual.  We’re doing our small part in our corner of the world to give back and we believe you can to! We can all start somewhere.  Purpose Harvest Summit is an event fueled by purpose. The founders donate their time to produce the summit each year and do so because it matters. Here’s their why: This…

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The state of VR

Look up “VR experiences near me” and you may be surprised at what you find. There’s even a library hosting a casual game of Pictionary in virtual reality in Millbrae. When first-gen virtual reality headsets were introduced back in the spring of 2016 an anticipated revolution was underway. But it’s been slow going to become as mainstream as anticipated. For the average person, the headsets are still expensive, which is why you see more organizations, arcades and companies hosting VR experiences. Will wearing a headset become as pervasive as walking around with a smart phone in your pocket?  We caught…

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Cooking up a social impact

More chefs are getting actively involved in issues facing the industry – from supporting small farms and reducing food waste to raising wages and giving back to the communities that support them.  We sat down with Harvest Summit advisory board member Chef Dustin Valette of Valette restaurant to get his take given he’s expanding his mark on the culinary scene in Northern California with the creation of The Matheson and Roof 106. What led you to expand? Our new location, The Matheson, was created as a place for our community and visitors alike to come together and share in the…

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The Rise of Content Studios

There’s a new chief in town. The Chief Content Officer. As newsrooms and media companies scale back and realign their structures to stay in business, the rise of content studios at agencies and in-house is booming. Marketers and PR leaders are now publishers, video producers and content creators because paid and earned media aren’t enough to win the awareness and engagement game anymore.  At the core of this boom is storytelling. A good story moves people. At Harvest Summit you’ll learn the storytelling and content studio philosophy behind industry leader Salesforce and get insider perspective from one cutting edge agency…

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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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99 Innovators Forbes Forgot and The Apologies

The Forbes 100 list of innovators with only 1 woman named elicited a collective WTF moment this week. The added rub, one of the men behind the list ranking methodology is slated to lead a workshop at Harvest Summit next month to help our invited delegate leaders rank their own Innovator’s DNA. Buckle up and read on.  WAVE OF LISTS First, shout out to our community of innovators who quickly threw a flag on the field and issued their own lists. Here’s just one example: Claire Diaz-Ortiz (@claire) was part of our founding Harvest Summit program and is considered one…

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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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Adventuring in the name of Science

As the Amazon burns from fires set by illegal loggers, we can think of no better time to shine a light on the work done by Adventure Scientists. The organization provides an innovative method to collect scientific data from around the world by uniting explorers and scientists. They train and partner with explorers around the globe to get scientists the data they need at scale to address critical challenges to the environment and human health. We caught up with Marcus Pearson, Director of Program Investments and General Counsel of Adventure Scientists, to get his take on the challenges and opportunities…

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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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