"I am glad I don't know."
Marc Ross Weekly
March 3, 2019
Curation and commentary from Marc A. Ross
Reporting from Alexandria, Virginia
Marc Ross Weekly = Emerging issues shaping commerce + culture
Not knowing is powerful:
I don't really know why Brigadoon Sundance works, and frankly, I am glad I don't know.
All that matters is a diverse group of curious subject matter experts for the seventh time decided to attend, participate, and engage in the Utah mountains.
Brigadoon Sundance is the rare gathering comprised of a cross-section of pros where sharing our diverse talents, having a conversation or three, exchanging insights, and driving creativity are at the top of the agenda.
I will have some more thoughts on the most recent Brigadoon Sundance gathering in next week's weekly email.
I need to take a few more days to identify the topics, disucssions, and sessions which made the biggest impact on me.
For those that attend this year and those who have participated in the past, thank you - the gathering has made a lot of progress since Brigadoon's modest start in 2013.
In addition to the Sundance gatherings, over the last twelve months, Brigadoon has added a higher level of engagement called Professional, increased consulting services, hosted salon dinners in Annapolis, Detroit, and Cincinnati, launched book and coffee clubs, as well as introduced Brigadoon Radio.
I am humbled by your support and commitment to this idea of creating a platform where entrepreneurs and thought leaders can discuss emerging issues shaping commerce and culture.
In the meantime, please continue to let me know how we can better serve this community and what tools you need to further propel your talents.
Thought leader mindset - a quick fifteen:
I really enjoyed presenting the thought leader mindset at the opening whiteboard session.
In fact, it was the first time I took an active speaking role at any Brigadoon Sundance gathering and it was the first time I executed a flashcard presentation format.
I appreciate Brigadoon Sundance's friendly environment to experiment and try a new presentation format made up of 100 flashcards.
I was pleasantly surprised by the response but would welcome any additional feedback or comments.
To keep the energy flowing about steps you can take to foster a thought leader mindset - here are a quick fifteen to get you going:
Tell > Sell
The audience knows - you can't fake it
What if it works?
Know the business model
There is no perfect time to start
Busy is a decision
Start at the end
Do you want to be a queen or a queen maker?
Form a habit
Be a professional
Rational behavior is rare
Be an expert in being curious
SNL is live at 11:30 pm regardless if it is ready or not
Cause > Campaign
If you want - you can send me your response to any of the tidbits listed above and I am happy to critique your answer.
Marc A. Ross specializes in thought leader communications and global public policy for public affairs professionals working at the intersection of globalization, disruption, and politics.
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In a spin: Brexit spells trouble for UK vinyl industry: DW reports, for vinyl lovers the act of placing the needle on a record and anticipating the crackle before the first bars ring out is a sensory and sensual thrill. A no-deal Brexit could nip that in the (ear)bud. http://bit.ly/2ExZxiH
The importance of letting go of so-called dirty pain: Virginia Heffernan (Brigadoon Sundance 2017 Keynote Speaker) writes, annoyance is a maddeningly complex topic. We all lay claim to being annoyed so often that conversation seems to exist entirely to let us register how bugged we are. The office is too cold. Too humid. My coworker’s flip-flops slap against her soles. It’s gross. In Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us, Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman propose that an experience of annoyance implicates the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities. http://bit.ly/2EsfOWr
Vivienne Ming: ‘The professional class is about to be blindsided by AI’: Ming creates algorithms that help companies select people more effectively. She has developed bots that trawl the web looking for high-tech programmers who may not even have a degree yet are doing great work. She’s also used AI to tally the “tax on being different”, calculating, for example, that in the technology sector, a Latino worker needs about six years’ more education than a white worker to be considered for the same job — something, given the cost of US tertiary education, that can amount to $500,000 or more. https://on.ft.com/2NRxQoo
Twist and shout: the Rubik’s cube: The Economist reports, there are those who can, with patience, navigate the 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 possible orientations to solve it. Then there are the professionals. They set speed records one-handed (6.88 seconds), or blindfolded (17.33), or only with their bare feet (20.57). The overall world record stands at just 4.22 seconds.http://bit.ly/2EwzgRQ
Ambidextrous: Seth Godin opines, anthropologists have found that we’re very motivated to divide into teams, and once on a team, we’ll work hard to degrade the other team. Over the smallest differences. For the smallest possible stakes. Even when we get no other benefit than thinking that we won something. We spend a lot of time sorting people into buckets. We label them in order to treat them differently and establish expectations for how they’ll respond. Mostly to figure out which team they’re on. http://bit.ly/2EsDDh5
Brigadoon Sundance 2020: February 23-25 | Sundance, Utah
Brigadoon is organizing its eighth gathering of entrepreneurs and thought leaders at Sundance Mountain Resort next winter.
Participants will come from around the globe to exchange insights and drive creativity as well as discuss emerging issues shaping commerce and culture.
Brigadoon Sundance 2020 is moving to a formal invite-only model, but you may apply for an invitation today.
Invites are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Apply for access here.
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