A Forum for Innovation

Introducing Member: Scott Wilker

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Company: Fire Factory Entertainment
Position: CEO
Country: United States
State: NJ
City: Glen Rock
Cultural Ambassador: yes
Interests: Design (Visual, Interactive, UXD, Environmental), Organizational Design, Sustainable models for business, design and development, Start-Ups, Technology

Questions and Answers

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

You haven’t seen anything yet!

Where do you go for inspiration?

I am inspired every day. Every person and company has a problem that begs for a solution, or in need of a better way to accomplish a goal. You just need to keep your eyes and ears open, be creative with the resources available to you, and prioritize.

How do you build resilience into your work & company?

You only learn to be resilient with experience. One needs to be faced with challenges and adversity,with progress and setbacks, and both failure and success… with the fortitude to do it over and over again. You just hope to be a little smarter each time you approach a new endeavor. How you manage the chaos and the companies expectations are critical to the success of introducing resiliency into the DNA of any company.

What keeps you up at night?

Thoughts of my children.

What gets you up in the morning?

The anticipation of waking up to my wife, and being inspired to create something new each day.

How is your work cross-cultural?

Innovation and problem solving run across all cultural boundaries. It is more a questions of understanding the personal interaction and management norms within each cultural environment.

Bio:

From my work within multinational media companies to small domestic technology start-ups, I have conceptualized and executed on innovative change (products, services, and business development) within multiple industries. I have invented new products in support of those initiatives, and built the infrastructure and development teams (actual and virtual) to bring products to market (R&D), and supported these endeavors with detailed financial plans and governmental subsidies where applicable.

Introducing Member: Andrea Schneider

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Company: Public by design
Position: Principal
Country: United States
State: CA
City: Palo Alto
Cultural Ambassador: yes
Interests: Agile and/or Rapid Application Development and Design, Data Visualization, Organizational Design, Sociology of Work, Technology,

Questions and Answers

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

I followed my vision, called the hard questions and used art and science to work on really hard public problems. I’m proud my projects affected thousands of lives. I used my gifts, which I didn’t always understand, to create new and effective solutions. I had a lot of guts, took big risks and somehow found the power to go for it way ahead of the curve.

Where do you go for inspiration?

Anywhere people are having smart conversations. I am also inspired by little babies and animals.

How do you build resilience into your work & company?

Making sure we are an open system.

What keeps you up at night?

Deep concern about our changing social and political context. The disappearance of our social contract and the rapid nature of this change.

What gets you up in the morning?

It’s a new day.

How is your work cross-cultural?

I would say culturally competent. I work with principles of practice which can be adopted in culturally diverse ways. My methods are neutral and purposely designed to translate across organizational, ethnic, community, discipline and sector differences.

Bio:

I’m passionate about public sector innovation, design thinking, systems change, community engagement and participation, applied evaluation and the role of technology in the bigger picture. I’m particularly interested in translating research into practice, ideas into action, leveraging resources, talent and dollars, increasing effective public design and services and reducing redundancy. I design new programs addressing “wicked” challenges.
This is fun to me.

Introducing Member: Aram Armstrong

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Company: IDEO
Position: Senior Designer and Project Lead
Country: China
State:
City: Shanghai
Cultural Ambassador: yes
Interests: Cross-Cultural Business, Design (Visual, Interactive, UXD, Environmental), Organizational Design, Technology, Writing

Questions and Answers

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

Let it speak for itself.
If it’s done, great. If it lives on, better.

Where do you go for inspiration?

To bed.
Sleep on it, it will come to you.

How do you build resilience into your work & company?

Good habits, good food and mutual respect.

What keeps you up at night?

People who sleep very well.

What gets you up in the morning?

A healthy circadian rhythm.

How is your work cross-cultural?

Working with multicultural teams (mainly Chinese-English bilingual)
Working with MNCs entering China, trying to understand the domestic market here.
Helping domestic Chinese companies (and even SOEs) pursuing innovation efforts, growing design (thinking) teams.
In every way, every day.

Bio:

I have a generativity complex.

Introducing Member: Marc Escobosa

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Company: Glam
Position: VP of Product Mgmt
Country: United States
State: CA
City: San Francisco
Cultural Ambassador: no
Interests: Agile and/or Rapid Application Development and Design, Biomimicry, Cross-Cultural Business, Data Visualization, Design (Visual, Interactive, UXD, Environmental), Organizational Design, Sustainable models for business, design and development, Start-Ups, Technology

Questions and Answers

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

I hope to have devoted my life to fighting for more sustainable and human-centered ways of incorporating technology into our lives.

Where do you go for inspiration?

For a run.

How do you build resilience into your work & company?

With a heaping dose of humility and an ever-replenishing sense of humor.

What keeps you up at night?

The financial unsustainability of modern life in a major city.

What gets you up in the morning?

Usually, my 5 year old.

How is your work cross-cultural?

The internet is a global community.. though many voices are too often suppressed in mainstream american dialogs on the subject. That said, having been raised as something of a polyglot, I know no other way to approach everything in life than from multiple simultaneous cultural perspectives.

Bio:

I’m a big picture product designer & strategist with 15+ years experience in high tech start-ups.

Introducing Member: Marcelo Marer

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Company: Intel
Position: Chief Creative Director
Country: United States
State: CA
City: San Francisco
Cultural Ambassador: yes
Interests: Biomimicry, Cross-Cultural Business, Data Visualization, Design (Visual, Interactive, UXD, Environmental), Executive Coaching, Sustainable models for business, design and development, Start-Ups, Technology

Questions and Answers

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

that beautiful ideas became matter

Where do you go for inspiration?

i like quiet places

How do you build resilience into your work & company?

deep breathing

What keeps you up at night?

coffee and chocolate after 6 pm

What gets you up in the morning?

light and a cuddly lover

How is your work cross-cultural?

for the last five years or so, i’ve been trying to work across geographies… does that make my work cross-cultural? :/)

Bio:

happiest when working-playing with kindred spirits who love to tinker with ideas| things|products|services across environments + platforms




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