Disruption is almost everywhere and disruptive innovation 2.0 can apply to anything -- or can it? This session will explain how to identify and unleash disruptive potential across a broad spectrum of human endeavor, from business and finance to religion and the arts.
Daniel Franklin has been Executive Editor of The Economist since June 2006. Since 2003 he has been Editor of The Economist's annual publication, The World in...; The World in 2012 was published in November 2011. From May 2010 he has also been The Economist's Business Affairs Editor, responsible for the newspaper's coverage of business, finance and science. His special report on corporate social responsibility, "Just good business", was published in January 2008. He joined The Economist in 1983 to write about Soviet and East European affairs. As the newspaper's Europe Editor from 1986 to 1992 he covered the great European upheavals, from the collapse of communism to the signing of the Maastricht treaty. After a stint as Britain Editor he moved to the United States as Washington Bureau Chief, covering the first Clinton term. In 1997 he moved back to London as Editorial Director of the Economist Intelligence Unit, where he helped to transform a traditional print publisher into an online business providing continuously updated country analysis and forecasts. From 2006 to 2010 he was Editor-in-Chief of The Economist online, overseeing the integration of print and web editorial operations and helping to turn the site into a dynamic destination for global analysis and debate.
Craig M. Hatkoff is an American real estate investor and philanthropist from New York City. Along with his wife Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro, he co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival and the Tribeca Film Institute in 2002. The three founders were recipients of the inaugural September 11 National Museum and Memorial Foundation "Notes of Hope Award" for Distinction in Rebuilding in September 2008.
Hatkoff is Chairman of Turtle Pond Publications which owns or invests in a number of new media, entertainment and publishing ventures. Hatkoff is the co-founder of Capital Trust and served on the board of Directors. He also serves on the Boards of the Taubman Centers Inc., Wildlife Direct, the NYU Child Study Center, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sesame Workshop and The Borough of Manhattan Community College Foundation. He has also authored multiple best-selling children's books with his young daughters, including the #1 New York Times best-selling Owen & Mzee: The True Story Of A Remarkable Friendship, which describes the friendship between a tortoise and an orphaned hippopotamus in Kenya after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. Other works include Good-Bye, Tonsils (2001), Knut: How one little polar bear captivated the world (2007) about the polar bear cub Knut from the Berlin Zoo and Looking for Miza which he has written together with his daughters Juliana and Isabella. Winter's Tail, (Scholastic Books, 2007, ISBN 978-0-545-12335-8) is about the disabled dolphin Winter. The Hatkoffs' series of children's books have won numerous prestigious awards, including the American Book Association Book of the Year and the Christophers Award. Owen and Mzee has been published in 17 languages including Swahili, Braille, Arabic and Hebrew.
One of Turtle Pond Publications' significant investments is in Fillpoint LLC a leading videogame e-commerce direct-to-consumer distribution and fulfillment provider for the nation's leading retailers. In February 2009, Fillpoint acquired the much larger videogame distribution and publishing operations, SVG Distribution and Crave Entertainment, of the Handleman Company that focus on the value sector with a national in-store distribution platform. The transaction established Fillpoint as a potent videogame distributor with both on-line and in-store capabilities.
Hatkoff is a 1972 graduate of The Albany Academy, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Colgate University. He received an MBA from Columbia University.
Rabbi Irwin Kula is Co-President of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a leadership training institute, think tank, and resource center. Known as both a provocative religious leader and a respected spiritual iconoclast, Irwin Kula uses Jewish wisdom in ways that speak to modern life. A cutting-edge scholar, teacher, and rabbi, he brings the insights of an ancient tradition to the challenges of the present to help people live more fully. Ranked No. 8 in Newsweekâ€™s â€œTop 50 Rabbis in America,â€ Kula provides a broad vision of religious pluralism. Frequently quoted in the press, he is in great demand by leaders from such diverse fields as business, technology, relationships, and religion. A regular on NBC-TVâ€™s â€œThe Today Showâ€ and co-host of the popular weekly radio show, Hirschfield and Kula, airing on KXL in Portland, Ore., Kula is the author of the recently published Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life, and was featured in a national public TV special, the â€œHidden Wisdom of Our Yearnings,â€ which was based on his book. In 2004 Kula wrote and was featured in Time for a New God, an acclaimed documentary shown at film festivals nationwide. He is the co-editor of The Book of Jewish Sacred Practices: CLALâ€™s Guide to Everyday & Holiday Rituals and Blessings, and co-founder of the Aitz Hayim Center for Jewish Living in Chicago.
A nationally recognized educator and lecturer who provides a broad vision of religious pluralism, Kula serves as a consultant to both corporate and family foundations, as well as to religious and philanthropic institutions and non-profit agencies on compassionate leadership development and institutional change. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Columbia Univ., his B.H.L. from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTSA) in NY, and his M.A. in Rabbinics and Rabbinic Ordination from JTSA. He has served as rabbi of congregations in St. Louis, Missouri, Queens, New York, and Jerusalem, Israel.
Rabbi Irwin Kula points out that Adam Smith, well known for writing The Wealth of Nations, wrote another book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Using the words of the "father of capitalism", Kula attempts to reconcile the "polarized Adam Smiths".