His mission is to connect diverse people and ideas across the world for one single purpose–To change it. Author of the bestseller, The Medici Effect, Frans Johansson advocates collaboration between people with diverse experiences, skills, expertise, perspectives, backgrounds and cultures.
He calls this The Intersection–A place where ideas collide, igniting an explosion of innovation. Out of these seemingly random combinations have come groundbreaking ideas that have created whole new fields. (via TEDxNASA)
In his interview, Johansson uses his own 20something experiences to give sturdy advice for finding innovative solutions to tough situations in our 20s, and how to make better decisions.
Frans Johansson is an author, entrepreneur, and innovation thought leader who has spoken to audiences worldwide.
Johansson was raised in Sweden by his African-American/Cherokee mother and Swedish father. He earned his B.S. in Environmental Science from Brown University and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
In his late 20s, Frans wrote The Medici Effect, an international bestseller that shattered assumptions about how great ideas happen. Published by Harvard Business School Press in 2004, The Medici Effect argues that groundbreaking ideas are found at the intersections of diverse fields, industries, disciplines, and cultures.
Frans is an author, entrepreneur, and innovation thought leader who has spoken to audiences worldwide. He founded The Medici Group to move beyond simply inspiring through his talks, and instead work hands on with clients to help drive innovative growth and business transformation.
Frans has been featured on CNN’s AC360, ABC’s Early Morning Show, and CNBC’s The Business of Innovation series. He is featured on the upcoming issue of Black Enterprise for his consulting work with Nike and MetLife.
The absolute best criteria at least in my case to what to chose what to do is passion. And when i say passion I don’t mean passion as in, “This is one thing that you are going to do for the rest of your life.” Like I have a passion for violin and I have a passion for fishing. No, passion is something that can shift.
But when you are in it at that moment it feels like this is the right thing and you are going to push through it no matter what. And that’s the most important lesson.
You need passion for the stuff that’s illogical, that you can’t exactly explain whether it’s a good idea or not, people can look at it and have opinions–“Well i don’t think thats a good idea or you shouldn’t focus on that.” Passion is what pushes you through all of that.
Why is that so important? That is what you need if you want to do something different. If you want to do something different you can not base the decision of pursuing that idea in logic. Because logic has played out it’s role, you’re doing something that didn’t exist. Passion is the fuel that takes you through that.
Cinematography: Ian McAlpin
Edited by: Danielle Calodney
Interviewed by: Laura Lehmann