Five ways companies can be more nimble (external link)
Interview to Baba Prasad
Knowledge@Wharton – May 17, 2018

“Companies like Digital Equipment Corp. and Ericsson were once considered leaders in their industries, and thus likely to stay on top. But they failed because they lacked the ability to think and act differently from their pre-conditioned ways. They either did not anticipate imminent technology changes or did not have the flexibility to respond to disruption. Others, like electronics and home appliances maker Haier of China, have retained the nimbleness of their startup days”

Why creating a business plan is a “waste of time” (external link)
Interview to Carl Schramm
Knowledge@Wharton – May 24, 2018

“A finely crafted, tightly defined, highly detailed business plan seems like a perfectly rational tool for getting your entrepreneurial ideas off the ground. But Carl Schramm thinks you should burn it. Schramm, an economist, Syracuse University professor and former president of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation — a non-profit that encourages entrepreneurship — says that crafting a business plan is one of the biggest misconceptions about how to start a company on the right footing”

AI and the “augmentation” fallacy (external link)
Author: Phillpp Gerbert
MIT Sloan Management Review  – May 16, 2018

“The fundamental disruption introduced by AlphaZero’s hyperlearning in the chess world can teach business executives about AI”

Preventing an AI Apocalypse (external link)
Author: Seth Baum
Project Syndacate – May 20, 2018

“The view that AI-driven machines will outsmart humanity, take over the world, and kill us all – a staple of dystopian science fiction – is easy enough to dismiss, given that humans remain firmly in control. But many AI experts take the apocalyptic perspective seriously, and they are right to do so.”

Neuroscience-Based Product Innovation: Hype or Hope?
Author: Hilke Plassmann
Insead Knowledge – May 22, 2018

“AI and Big Data allow innovators to leverage neuroscientific knowledge at scale to untapped market”

Ten reasons not to measure the impact – and what to do instead (external link)
Author: Mary Kay Gugerty & Dean Karlan

Stanford Social Innovation Review – Summer, 2018

“Impact evaluations are an important tool for learning about effective solutions to social problems, but they are a good investment only in the right circumstances. In the meantime, organizations must build an internal culture in which the right data are regularly collected, analyzed, and applied to manage implementation and improve programs. ”

The greatest challenge of the 21st century is learning to consume less (external link)
Author: Jason Hickel
World Economic Forum – May 15, 2018

“Ecological collapse is hard to miss in the headlines. From deforestation to soil depletion, species extinction to climate change, the past few years have brought countless troubling reports. We are living in the age of the Anthropocene, and we’re reminded on a daily basis of our uncertain future on an unstable planet.”

How Innovation Happens (external link)
Authors: Wicki Huff
Strategy+Business – May 23, 2018

“When you live and work in Silicon Valley and talk about it with people who don’t, you get used to a look in their eyes that begs, “What’s the secret sauce?” People know it’s where innovation happens, and many want to know how they can make it happen where they work, too.”



Are we wholly responsible for our actions? We don’t choose our brains, our genetic inheritance, our circumstances, our milieu – so how much control do we really have over our lives? Philosopher Raoul Martinez argues that no one is truly blameworthy. Our most visionary scientists, psychologists and philosophers have agreed that we have far less free will than we think, and yet most of society’s systems are structured around the opposite principle – that we are all on a level playing field, and we all get what we deserve

(The RSA Shorts animation series provides a snapshot of a big idea, blending voices from the RSA Public Events Programme and the creative talents of illustrators and animators from around the world)