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Curiosity, creativity and inspiration are motivators for exploration, engagement and communication, and over the course of our careers, we’ve all benefited from each of those and one more: Passion. Is that the magic element? We don’t think so. We know so.
— Team OT19
— Over the last year, we have met 12 of the most passionate people each helping to shape and change the world, and using together at least 22 core talents. From each of these thought leaders we learned something new, something amazing. Collectively, our contributors tended to focus on The Human Experience (“People” was referenced 135 times, and “Experience,” 88); and it shouldn’t be surprising that these thought leaders referenced “Think” 101 times, but we were pleased to see “Happy” get 79 references!
As a follow-up to our popular Playlist feature, “The Sound of OPEN Topics”, in which we collected motivating musical moments from our contributors, we share below a few more of our favorite insights from from 11 countries and five continents around the globe:
The number of global thought leaders.
We have learned so much over the past year from our 12 global thought leaders (see below)—and from you, dear reader. They, and you, have been so gracious and supportive, with time, positive feedback and general good cheer.
The number of key social topics in the media landscape that OPEN Topics 2018 tackled.
Our goal was to always be as relevant and current as our global thought leaders and readers, thus our topics have included:
(#MeToo and #money)
(Diversity and Nike’s Colin Kapernick ad)
The number of skills exhibited by our global thought leaders.
See our OPEN Topics 2018 Talent Matrix of out highly talented distinguished group of thought leaders here
The number of key organizations that our global thought leaders were or currently are affiliated with — yes, they are all movers and shakers!
IBM (Elizabeth Kiehner)
University of Paderborn (Prof. Axel Ngonga)
Leipzig University (Prof. Axel Ngonga)
SheSays (Alessandar Lariu)
Digital Enlightenment Capital (Cao Yin)
Digital Renaissance (Cao Yin)
Energy Blockchain Labs an IBM Partner (Cao Yin)
AKQA (Resh Sidhu)
Framestore (Resh Sidhu)
University of the Arts London (Resh Sidhu)
Google (Mo Gawdat)
Idean/Capgemini (Chi Ryan)
Unruly (Simon Gosling)
Viacom (Jamie DiVenere)
Nike (Jason Murphy)
Banco Santander (Bradley Leimer)
Unconventional Ventures (Bradley Leimer)
Spotify (Belinda Lopez)
The number of countries reached by OPEN Topics 2018.
We have always prided ourselves for giving a voice to global thought leaders, which why we are so happy that our readership has been as global as we had hoped.
The top 19 countries our readers visited from:
The number of our continually growing impressions.
LinkedIn alone, one of our favorite channels for sharing with our readers, had over 30K impressions between January 2018 and December 2018. Follow us on LinkedIn now
The numbers in Mo Gawdat’s happiness formula. Mo invited us to his beautiful and peaceful loft in NYC’s Soho neighborhood to share why we should prioritize happiness in work and life. Read excerpt:
The “six” refers to our grand illusions. Control is an example of one. We actually believe that we can control everything. But we can’t control our spouse, we can’t control the train, we can’t control our employees. The search for control is totally a production of the modern world of living, this life where every advertiser is telling you that you can actually achieve that balanced life, while the reality is chaos theory, entropy, butterfly effects, black swans. Every bit of scientific evidence will tell you that you have zero control. If you go through life with control as an illusion, your expectations are set so unrealistically that almost every single event will miss them, right? Every single event that you expect to stay within control will always go out of control or require a tremendous amount of effort on your side to keep it within control. And so you’re unhappy either way, right? There are six of these grand images.
Continue reading the interview with Mo Gawdat, formerly Google X and international bestselling author of ‘Solve for Happy,’ on “How can happiness add value to work?” Read now↗
6 Bust your six illusions
(thought, self, knowledge, time, control, and fear)
Fix your seven blind spots
(filters, assumptions, predictions, memories, labels, emotions, and exaggeration)
Hang on to your five ultimate truths
(now, change, love, death, and design)
The number of minutes in our inspiring thought leader playlist The Sound of OPEN Topics 2018.
As a thank you to our global thought leaders and our readers, we enlisted Matt Rockman, resident DJ at downtown Manhattan’s legendary Botanica Bar, to create an eclectic motivational playlist based on each thought leader’s and team member’s most inspiring song. Listen here↗
The number of of words used during our OPEN Topics 2018 interviews.
Collectively, our contributors tended to focus on The Human Experience (“People” was referenced 135 times, and “Experience,” 88); and it shouldn’t be surprising that these thought leaders referenced “Think” 101 times, but we were pleased to see “Happy” get 79 references! Discover more words in our interactive word map here↗
The number denoting the absence of all magnitude or quantity, nought, nothing, null — based on our fear of fading into invisibility the first question we asked our IBM’s AI expert was what the role of creatives might be in the future and how AI could affect the future of the creative industry.
Read our interview with Elizabeth Kiehner, IBM’s Global Design Practice Director, on “Are you obsolete, already?” Read now↗
The number of prog rock bands that Prof. Axel Ngonga and our editor Andy Sobel referenced before getting into a deep dialogue on machines and humans finding a common language and the meaning of data breeding.
Andy: “What kind of music do you like?”
Axel: “All kinds of music. But I really like progressive metal. Do you know Dream Theater?”
Axel: “They’re really cool.”
Andy: “Do you know The War on Drugs?”
Axel: “Is that a band?”
Andy: “Yeah, check them out.”