Anticipatory Innovation – Capitalizing on Change in Turbulent Times

Has the way we work changed forever? We often talk about the future (post-pandemic) as a return to the past — back to the way we were living, conducting business, and communing. But what can we learn from this experience to better prepare ourselves for the next big change? In this lecture, we examine a way of thinking and envisioning the ambiguity of the future. We identify ways to be equipped for turbulence and disruption in every stage of life.
Jul 13, 2024

Top 10 Learning Moments

  1. I think that creative freedom is something that absolutely needs to endure. — Sam Miller
  2. If I look to suffering as a lesson or as a gift, not as a burden, I just might discover something that is wonderful. — Melvin Dowdy
  3. There is a lot of discussion and rhetoric around well-being, but how do you actually put it into place? It is one thing to say it and another thing to do it. — Alma McCarthy
  4. It’s not if we suffer, it’s how we suffer and the way we suffer that matters in terms of learning. — Melvin Dowdy
  5. At the intersection of curiosity, imagination, and restlessness is where magic happens. — Sam Miller
  6. I would argue that the future is not fully remote. It is probably going to be a hybrid, blended, flexed, distributed, or anywhere workforce. — Alma McCarthy
  7. Anticipatory innovation aims to look around the corner and see what’s over the horizon. — Sam Miller
  8. The way in which we approach asking questions is very important and it gives us a new opportunity or avenue to rethink problems. — Lisa Caulfield
  9. It’s not just about imagining new ideas, but it’s about combining ideas that are imaginative. — Sam Miller
  10. It’s very clear from our research that things are very unlikely to go back to the way they were. — Alma McCarthy

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Featured Speakers

Sam Miller, Director of Undergraduate Studies – Innovation & Entrepreneurship and Associate Teaching Professor, Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame

Lisa Caulfield, Director of the Global Centre at Kylemore

Dr. Melvin Dowdy, Executive Education Programme Faculty, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Ph.D., M.Div., M.A., Mendoza Business School’s Executive Education Center at Notre Dame

Alma McCarthy, Head of the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics and Professor of Public Sector Management, National University of Ireland, Galway

“I would argue that the future is not fully remote. It is probably going to be a hybrid, blended, flexed, distributed, or anywhere workforce”

–   Alma McCarthy

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Becoming Entrepreneurial

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The Attributes of Creative Genius

Prof. Miller introduces seven Da Vincian principles as discussed in the reading for this week by Michael J. Gelb and connects them to entrepreneurial foresight.

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