Invent the Future

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Ever wonder why some ideas make it from concept to reality – while other promising ideas just fizzle? Or how to be an agent of change for a daunting challenge? So did we – and that’s why we hosted Invent the Future, a show with on-air guests who have created breakthroughs in their business or community.
Airing 2001-2003, we learned from innovators who are shaping 21st century success. Here are just a few of more than 100 guests who appeard with us…

Business Leaders

  • Chet Huber, president of Onstar Corp.
  • Burt Cabanas, chairman and CEO of Benchmark Hospitality
  • Vern Harnish, founding partner of entrepreneurship organization Gazelles
  • Jack Covert, president of 800-CEO-Read
  • Ann Price, founder of Motek, “the best company to work for anywhere” according to Fortune Small Business

Innovation Gurus

  • Tom Kelley, general manager of IDEO and author of The Art of Innovation
  • Chic Thompson, creativity expert and author of What A Great Idea!
  • Joyce Wycoff, founder of the Innovation Network and author of Mindmapping
  • Gary Lynn and Richard Reilly, authors of Blockbusters
  • Steve Shapiro, driving force behind the Innovation Road Tour

Revolutionary Thinkers

  • Bob Sutton, Stanford prof, author of Wierd Ideas that Work
  • Seth Godin, Fast Company editor, author of Permission Marketing and Idea Virus
  • Watts Wacker and Ryan Matthews, futurists,authors of The Deviant’s Advantage
  • Peter Block, author of Stewardship and The Answer to How is Yes
  • Cali Yost, author, president of Work+Life Fit, Inc.

Social Change Agents

  • Rob Evans, educator, author of The Human Side of School Change
  • Sandy Heierbacher of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation
  • Danielle Franklin and Jeanette Bradshow, profiled in Kitchen Table Entrprenuers: How Eleven Women Escaped Poverty and Became Their Own Bosses
  • Joyce Lander, Brookings Instute senior fellow with “new urban hero” Kent Amos
  • Larry Noble, Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics

Stretching your Personal Self

  • Sarah Susanka, architect, author of the Not So Big House series
  • Joann Davis, author of The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things
  • Rich Ramsey, career coach, managing director of Lee Hecht Harrison
  • Steve Adubato, journalist, author of Speak from the Heart