Stories of Impact: Ocean State Innovate Tackles Issues of Food Security in Rhode Island

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The Howard R. Swearer Center at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) convened Rhode Island community members, leaders and students to address food-related challenges at Ocean State Innovate (OSI) 2018. The day-and-a-half intensive forum was made possible in collaboration with The Medici Group, an innovation strategy firm founded by its current CEO and Brown University alum, Frans Johansson ‘95.

Click here to learn more about Ocean State Innovate and our collaboration with the Swearer Center.

These Three Phrases Are Killing Innovation At Your Workplace [Press]


Most of us want to work in an innovative workplace, but you could be subliminally creating a culture that squelches creative thinking. From conversations held during meetings to the tone of internal communications, words can send a message to employees that they shouldn’t spend time exploring new ideas, let alone bring them up to the team.

“We codify our behaviors, our instincts, and our thinking based on language, and it often happens in ways we don’t anticipate,” says Frans Johansson, author of The Medici Effect: What Elephants & Epidemics Can Teach Us about Innovation and CEO of The Medici Group, diversity and innovation consultants. “Certain terms and phrases get traction and are repeated over and over. Before you know it, it’s the way you talk within your culture.”

Click here to read the full interview with our Founder and CEO Frans Johansson on Fast Company. 

Melinda Gates says this is the No. 1 thing we must do to find the next Bill Gates [Press]


If we want to discover the world's next Bill Gates, it's crucial that we start funding inclusive and diverse businesses, wrote to Melinda Gates in a recent LinkedIn post. According to diversity expert and author Frans Johansson, the economic effects could be widespread. "Diversity drives innovation," he tells CNBC Make It. "Diverse teams can make things happen faster and with less resources."

Go here to read Ruth Umoh's full interview with our Founder and CEO, Frans Johansson. 

Don't Use These 3 Phrases If You You Want to Foster Innovation at Your Company [Press]


Innovation is one of the most powerful tools for business survival and growth in a fast-changing world.

Most companies still struggle to jump start innovative thinking because they overlook the small details embedded within an organization's culture: the everyday, ritualistic occurrences that subliminally signal to employees that they shouldn't spend time exploring a new idea, let alone bring it up to the rest of their team. The most pervasive of these subliminal signals are the words that a company allows in its everyday vocabulary, which may at first seem harmless, but in reality could be stifling innovation potential.

Go here to read the rest of our CEO Frans Johansson’s article on how  to use language to ignite innovation and creative thinking. 

Medici CEO Frans Johansson Honored by The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI)


We’re thrilled to share that The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) is honoring our CEO Frans Johansson with this year’s Creative Entrepreneurship Award. 

Frans’s contributions to the field of innovation, specifically in the area of intersectional innovation, align with the NYSCI’s own values and commitment to inspiring innovation from diverse minds, peoples, ideas and concepts—a fitting tribute to NYSCI’s location in Queens, NY, one of the most diverse cities in the world.

Read the full press release.

Frans Johansson Brings “The Medici Effect” to SITE+MPI Global Forum


ROME —The Medici Group's CEO Frans Johansson will keynote the 2018 SITE+MPI Global Forum in Rome, organized by Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE). His talk will focus on the ideas of his book, The Medici EffectWhatever field or industry you are in, whatever expertise you have mastered, whatever norm or tradition you have come to understand—all of them are changing. To stay ahead of these changes and continuously innovate, step into the Intersection of fields, disciplines, industries and cultures.

In addition, Medici's Chief Experience Officer Kristian Ribberström will lead the Executive Master Class on The Medici Effect in Action.

Read more about the event here. Visit MPI and SITE.

Medici Teams Up for Second Year with Ocean State Innovate

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RHODE ISLAND —The Medici Group is excited to team up again with Ocean State Innovate to tackle community issues. This year's focus will be on FOOD. Ocean State Innovate was founded to bring together Rhode Islanders from diverse backgrounds to break down silos and make new solutions possible.

Interested community members are invited to apply to participate in the January 2018 two-day session, which will be designed and led by The Medici Group. 

This year's event is made possible through the partnership between Relish Rhody, the RI Food Policy Council, the RI Director of Food Strategy, and the Swearer Center at Brown University.

5 Ways You Can Create a More Inclusive Workplace Immediately — and Why You Should [press]


The more diversity you bring to your team, the greater your chances of finding groundbreaking insights and solutions.

Between President Donald Trump, Uber and Google, diversity and inclusion issues have dominated the headlines recently. In response, companies like Facebook, Lyft and Netflix have released their diversity numbers -- though what exactly these companywide figures mean is still very much a guessing game. As many as 150 CEOs from some of the largest companies in the U.S. have publicly committed to diversity and inclusion efforts, pledging to “foster more open discussion about race and gender in the workplace.” Hiring, compensation and promotion practices are under fierce scrutiny, and many companies are scrambling to get ahead of the issues before they become tomorrow’s headline.

Go here to read the rest of our CEO Frans Johansson’s article on how employees can help create a more inclusive workplace.

Frans Johansson Keynotes IPG Inclusion Awards


NEW YORK — The Medici Group's CEO Frans Johansson shared how top brands are mobilizing diversity and inclusion into an innovation edge at Interpublic Group's annual Inclusion Awards.

The awards honor agencies and individuals from IPG's global network that have shown leadership in advancing the company's goal of being one of the world's most diverse and inclusive companies. See the full press release here.

Register for our First Public Workshop

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NEW YORK —In June, we will be holding our first public workshop, The Diversity Experience™. For the first time ever, the same approach that became the “signature experience for all Nike teams around the world” and is used throughout The Walt Disney Company, Volvo, the United Nations and countless other organizations is available to the public. 

The need for innovation has never been greater and the discussion around diversity has never been more relevant or urgent. Join us in New York for our debut. Special rates until June 1st. Register for your spot here.

Read the press release.

ESPN’s Digital Leader on Culture and Diversity


This week on The Medici Effect Podcast, John Kosner, head of ESPN Print and Digital Media, talks about our work and how the power of the Medici Effect, and how it inspired ESPN to physically transform their offices into a living and breathing Intersection.

John reveals how working in a space where diversity and creativity collide has revolutionized the sports giant’s leadership, work culture, and company vision. He also talks about how taking on new perspectives helped him connect with global audiences, delves into the future of ESPN and sports media, and explores the importance of shaping an environment (and mindset) where all things are possible. 

Listen to the full conversation here.