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.
When I was in business school, I did an internship with a consulting firm in London and I had an actual very explicit goal there: I wanted to see, can the money ever be worth it? So the idea was, I’m going to go there, I’m going to work for this firm.
I made what I considered, more money than I’d seen in my entire life, and I committed to it, I spent a lot of it, I wanted to lead the good life. I wanted to see can the money be worth it. Can it compensate for a job that doesn’t really…and I needed to find out. And the answer was for me in that case unequivocally no. I had actually like a little test that I did in my 20s, and it came out negative.
Now let’s say you don’t have idea that you want to pursue and you have to take a job. So you have to look at the financial opportunities that you have. Some people need to generate a lot of money immediately. I think many people use that as an excuse to make as much money as possible. I’m going to do that for a bunch of years and then when I pay off my debt, I will be in another place. Perhaps, but it rarely happens that way.
You learn a particular ethos, a particular way of living life and you have bargained a bit with what you are spending your time on. In my case it wasn’t a good idea. In that case for others, it could be a phenomenal idea.
Cinematography: Ian McAlpin
Edited by: Danielle Calodney
Interviewed by: Laura Lehmann