Opening Keynote

Thursday | June 21 | 2012 | 1:15 pm - 2:15 PM
Chicago VI & VII, 5th Floor

The Medici Effect: The Intersection of Disciplines and Cultures
Frans Johansson


Frans JohanssonWhat do goat milk, spiders, and fishing lines have in common? What about musical records and airlines? Out of such seemingly random combinations have come radical innovations that created whole new felds. Learn the implications for your own work by going on a fascinating journey with innovation expert Frans Johansson. He’ll take you to The Intersection — a place where ideas from different felds and cultures ignite extraordinary innovations. He focuses on how the best new ideas come from collaborations among individuals with diverse experiences, skills, expertise, perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures. Using plentiful examples of how you can break down silos, Johansson will help you bring out the best in people regardless of where they reside on your organizational chart — and even if they aren’t on your org chart at all.

Known for making the business case for diversity, innovation expert Frans Johansson is author of best seller The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures. Johansson has lived his entire life at the intersection where ideas from different felds and cultures collide. He was raised in Sweden by his African-American-Cherokee mother and Swedish father. Johansson earned his BS in environmental science from Brown University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He founded both a Boston-based software company and a medical device company operating out of Baltimore and Stockholm. He has written articles on healthcare, information technology, and the science of sport fishing. He has also been featured on CNN’s “AC360” and CNBC’s “The Business of Innovation” series.