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.
Passion happens like this (snapping fingers). It’s not predictable. You have expose yourself to situations where you can have an unexpected moment that grabs hold of you. Well sitting around thinking about it is not really going to do that, so you have to be doing stuff.
You don’t have to figure it all out when you begin. But by exposing yourself to different situations, different fields, different people, looking for opportunities to connect at some point something is going to grab ahold of you. That becomes the guiding light or principle of what drives you.
This over-intellectualizing of what passion is makes no sense. “I am passionate about this because i did my research on it,” it doesn’t make sense. One of the biggest pieces – surprise. when something surprises you – get to it, pursue it – it may not be the thing but it could be something.
Cinematography: Ian McAlpin
Edited by: Danielle Calodney
Interviewed by: Laura Lehmann