Steve Brown welcomes the robots

Steve Brown wears well his title as Chief Evangelist for computing giant Intel, spilling over with enthusiasm for the possibilities of the digital future. His passion for computers emerged at a young age, when his father came home with what Brown calls “the first love of my life,” an early Commodore model. “This thing called […]

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Barry Diller: Trusting instincts and doing damage

Barry Diller is a big believer in the purity of decisions and ideas. Listen to your instincts, the famous media mogul counsels, and don’t forget that “any new idea is going to irritate the incumbents.” Despite having spearheaded four decades’ worth of successful film and TV, Diller declares forcefully that “there’s no way” to identify […]

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Neri Oxman: The mythologies of the not yet

Neri Oxman, Director of the MIT Media Lab’s Mediated Matter group, weaves a mind-bending mixture of science, literature, art, design and futuristic concepts. Oxman’s thinking draws on ancient mythology and the natural world for inspiration. She describes her lab’s goal as “how to design products and tools with new technologies that mimic what we find […]

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Philippe Starck: A genius and a toothbrush

“Elitism is the essence of vulgarity,” proclaimed Philippe Starck, as he watched the clock ticking down his time on stage at C2-MTL. “We can have more when we have less,” said Starck, worried that he wasn’t clicking through his slide presentation quickly enough. Starck was very conscious of the time, which comes as no surprise. […]

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Chris Bangle: Know your metaphor (and love your dog)

Whether he’s upending conventional wisdom, taking potshots at management types or comparing his own profession to a dog, Chris Bangle has come to C2-MTL to shake people out of their assumptions. The irreverent and provocative designer uses a lot of metaphors, and suggests that innovators think about their work in this way. “Figure out what […]

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Blake Mycoskie: Creativity, commerce – and giving

Sometimes life happens when you’re busy doing something else. This was certainly the case with Blake Mycoskie. In 2006, while taking a month off in Argentina from the daily stressors of his software company, Mycoskie had a revelatory experience. It all started with a conversation in a café. And then moved on to a poor […]

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Tom Gentile: Imaging, imagination and innovation

Tom Gentile, CEO and President of GE Healthcare Systems, believes that innovation is in his company’s blood. “With a founder like Thomas Edison, we obviously have to be innovative,” Gentile says. “We have to keep running every day to make sure we’re keeping up with state-of-the-art technology.” Gentile devoted his C2-MTL presentation to the innovations […]

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Fred Dust: Open your eyes, be brave, and believe

Fred Dust believes we can all be designers. The IDEO partner laid out his deceptively simple philosophy in his opening address at C2-MTL 2013, breaking it down into three principles. 1. Look, really look “That seems easy,” Dust says, “but the reality is it’s actually hard.” When you ask people for their perspective, he points […]

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Justin Watts: The inaugural year of ‘One Day Without Shoes’

It all began in 2009, Justin Watts and his Melbournian mates filmed a 10 mile crusade, from his house to TOMS‘s headquarters . The idea was simple, support the company’s first  “One day without shoes”.  Little did they know, that what started as a local company project, would became one of the most  supported and resonating […]

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Giving the boot (camp) to the war on drugs

Given the long history between creativity and mind-altering substances, it might be easy to misinterpret C2-Montreal’s recently announced support for efforts by 2013 keynote speaker, Sir Richard Branson, to end the $1-trillion war on drugs. C2-MTL’s contribution to Sir Branson’s work on this front stems from our desire to focus the awesome creative brainpower in […]

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