A Forum for Innovation

Introducing Member: Matt Helland


Company: R/GA
Position: Senior Associate
Country: USA
State: NY
City: New York
Cultural Ambassador: yes
Interests: Agile and/or Rapid Application Development and Design, Biomimicry, Cross-Cultural Business, Data Visualization, Design (Visual, Interactive, UXD, Environmental), Executive Coaching, Innovative HR, Media, Organizational Design, Sociology of Work, Sustainable models for business, design and development, Start-Ups, Technology, Writing

Questions and Answers

What will you say about the work you've done at the end of your career?

I hope I'll say I'm humbly proud and have inspired others in some way.

Where do you go for inspiration?

The world is such a vast place that I simply don't believe people can run out of inspiration. I look to artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, thinkers, cooks; just about anyone trying to build off of tradition and further culture.

How do you build resilience into your work & company?

I think you have to be serious about your work but not yourself. A lot of the business class get frustrated and bogged down because they take themselves too seriously or work with people who do. When you consider the big picture and the cannon of history, and all the lives that have unfolded before ours, humility is important an important virtue. And so is being passionate about your work and life.

What keeps you up at night?

Run-of-the-mill existential worry.

What gets you up in the morning?


How is your work cross-cultural?

Good work lives outside one's native culture, and I strive for that everyday. Working and living in New York reminds you just how big the world is, with people from every culture working side by side. A good idea is pure.


I am interested in creativity, in all shapes and forms. I believe that creativity is what makes innovation possible and accounts for the sum of human progress, whether in business, the arts, technology, or refining a cup of espresso. What gives work meaning for me is working with people and companies towards positive goals. I primarily write and conceptualize, but I don't like classifying myself. I like good ideas.

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