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.
Everyone’s journey out of college is different and so that’s why I am super skeptical to generic advice.
You do this because I did it, it was great for me, but it doesn’t mean it would work great for you. So with that said let me give some advice as to what I think you should do.
I believe very much that one should be producing. If you don’t have a job volunteer, find an internship, get something going, write a book. You have to produce. I think that taking a job that deadens you is not producing.
You want to build–you want to build skill sets, relationships, qualities, ideas, frameworks, whatever it is in your particular task, but something that gives you an angle on life, a particular point of view on life.
Cinematography: Ian McAlpin
Edited by: Danielle Calodney
Interviewed by: Laura Lehmann