Talk on Kool Aid, VUCA Discussion, Tuesday Nov 27 at USC (Los Angeles)

A quick announcement. I’ll be in Los Angeles on Tuesday the 27th to do a talk at the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab titled Should You Drink the Kool-Aid?

The talk is at 12:30 PM at Annenberg (which appears to be in the heart of downtown). Details at the link above.  Hope to see some of you there. Middle of a weekday I know, but if you are are in the neighborhood and in the mood to sneak away from work, this should be fun.

It will be loosely based on interesting discussions I’ve had with various people since I wrote my somewhat controversial trilogy on Forbes, Entrepreneurs are the New Labor, mashed up with ideas from Tempo and posts like The Calculus of Grit and The Crucible Effect.

There is also another event later in the day at 3:30 PM (also at Annenberg) with the folks from the USC Scenario Lab, to talk about VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity).

I am also open on the evening of Monday the 26th, in case anyone wants to meet up for dinner.  I get in around 6:30 at LAX, and will be looking to grab a bite somewhere convenient around 7:30ish before heading to my hotel. Email me if you’d like to meet up.

Thanks to reader and unofficial P. T. Barnum of Ribbonfarm, Zhan Li, for arranging both events.

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  1. Alexander Boland says

    At this rate, it sounds like you’re going to become the Jaron Lanier of startup culture (they need one!)