The Medici Effect Podcast
Frans Johansson interviews creative minds and business leaders on their innovation journey into the intersection of diverse industries, fields, cultures, and disciplines. Guests, including illusionist David Copperfield, legendary Nike designer Jason Mayden, and Synchrony Financial CEO Margaret Keane, share how they ignite the Medici Effect every day. Listeners gain fresh insights and inspiration that they can apply to their personal and professional lives. Listen here or subscribe on iTunes.
Famed sneaker designer, Jason Mayden, shares insights about the Medici Effect and how it has shaped his influential career. He reveals how working in the Intersection helped him fuse disparate sources of inspiration to create aspirational and powerful designs. He also talks about his new work at Super Heroic, why it's important for him to be a role model (and why you don't need to be a superstar to set an example), and how design became his way to participate meaningfully in history and help others unleash their true potential.
World-renowned musician Lavinia Meijer shares how working in the Intersection helped her bring controversy, modernity, and experimentation into the unlikeliest of musical instruments…the harp. During our conversation, Lavinia reveals how the Medici Effect changed her perception on collaboration, and gave her the courage to embrace being uncomfortable in order to smash through barriers and explore new possibilities. We also talk about her groundbreaking work with Academy Award nominated composer Philip Glass, and her undying passion to push the harp (and herself) far beyond the realms of traditional music.
ESPN’s print and digital media leader John Kosner weighs in on 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.
Synchrony Financial CEO Margaret Keane reveals how the Medici Effect inspires her to drive a diverse organization where people feel empowered, bold, and eager to explore fresh ideas. During the conversation, she reveals how working at the Intersection encouraged her to take a new approach to branding and purpose in the financial industry. Margaret also talks about the significance of aspirational values, shares more of her personal story, and reveals why taking chances on your team and harnessing their differences is the ticket to innovation.
If anyone understands the power of the Medici Effect, it’s Disney Imagineer Joe Rohde. By seizing the unexpected and embracing his raw talent, Joe went from high school art and theatrical set design teacher to the creative genius behind Disney’s Animal Kingdom. In today’s episode, Joe shares how working in the Intersection helped him recognize his eureka moment and shape his personal story. He also shows us how to coordinate your project’s greatest impact, weighs in on the relationship between innovation and chance, and reveals how a single tiger set Disney’s wildest adventure in motion.
Annette Richardson is no stranger to the world stage. As a Senior Advisor to the United Nations (and the current Managing Partner at Decade Citizen), Annette has worked alongside revolutionary world leaders including Nelson Mandela and Princess Haya of Dubai. In today’s episode, she shares her thoughts on the Medici Effect, and how it’s paving the way for more enlightened forms of leadership. She also talks about unearthing the humanity behind powerful leaders, explores the tension between policies and attitudes, and reveals how her newest venture – Planet 50-50 – is fighting to achieve gender equality by 2030.
Frans speaks with Princess Jeannette zu Fürstenberg about how the Medici Effect gave her a whole new perspective on work and life. During the conversation, Princess Jeannette takes us back to the height of the Renaissance, and reveals why the world’s greatest visionaries (then and now) live at the intersection of art and entrepreneurship. She also talks about creating disruptive potential, reveals how a violin gave way to one of her grandfather’s greatest innovations, and explores the true power of polarities.
Tavistock Group’s resident visionary Rasesh Thakkar reveals how harnessing the Medici Effect helped him develop Lake Nona – a groundbreaking community focused on sustainability, healthy living, and cutting-edge technology. During our conversation, he shares how working in the Intersection helped him redefine what it means to be innovative, shows us the best ways to put ideas into action, and reveals why true human potential can only be realized through creativity and collaboration.
World-renowned theoretical physicist Lisa Randall reveals how the Medici Effect and working in the Intersection play active roles in her mission to unravel the biggest mysteries in the universe. During the conversation, we delve into the unexpected parallels between innovation and supernovas, and explore how to apply the basic principles of physics to the world of business. Lisa also talks about her latest book Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs, and reveals how society can mend its strained relationship with science.
Legendary magician, David Copperfield, uncovers how the Medici Effect helps harness the power of experimentation and bring opposing worlds together in his magical treasure hunt in Musha Cay. David also shares why narrative is the driving force behind every big idea, and reveals how to keep an audience in suspense. He reveals insights from legendary filmmakers Alfred Hitchcock and Georges Méliès about how to get inspired, and why everything from filmmaking to technology has a touch of magic.