Monday, September 21, 2009

On The Road Again!

The Rules Tour Hits the Road Again--starting tomorrow! First stop: Washington, DC for a series of meetings with social entrepreneurs and an all-day event at the Reagan Center sponsored by the University of Maryland: Leadership for a Better World--Creating Social Value Through Innovation.
From there it's up to NYC on Saturday, more social entrepreneurship, more Rules of Thumb!
Then off to Sweden, arriving September 29th for the official launch of the Swedish version of Rules of Thumb. Jan Lapidoth (father and son) have put together a fantastic series of meetings, interviews, conversations, and a big public launch to get Rules introduced to the Swedish community of change agents.
Next stop, Vienna! Usually at this time of the year, it'd be for the Waldzell gatherings, which I describe in several of the Rules--but the economy has taken its toll and there is no Waldzell this year. Instead, a reunion of sorts with some of the friends Waldzell helped make and a chance to connect with Austrian social innovators and their backers.
Then a brief overnight in Stockholm before heading to Providence, RI, arriving Oct 6 for the Vusiness Innovation Factory's 5th annual gathering, co-hosted by my partner-in-crime at Fast Company, Bill Taylor. It's a festival of story-telling and innovation, and should be great fun--the line up is unrivaled at any conference I know of.
October 8 I'm off to Toronto--for a long long weekend with my brother--if you read Rules you know him for the incident with the East German border guards! Then a series of talks on October 13 at the Centre for Social Innovation and on October 14 at the University of Toronto's Rotman School--which Roger Martin and team have turned into one of the most creative business schools in the world! Richard Florida will be there, as will Uffe Ulbaek, on loan from Copenhagen--should be a great visit!
October 15 has me flying to Boston, the birthplace of Fast Company, and scene of many lessons learned in the making of Rules. I'll be at Babson on October 15 and then at a gathering on design and change sponsored by DMI at the Marriott in Kendall Square on the 18th.
October 21 the Rules Road Show moves to NYC--just in time for a talk on the 22nd on the changing shape of the law business. Rules for the Law? That is sustained!
Finally, October 23, I'll be flying back to Santa Fe (along with the band) for a brief stop and some home cookin'!
Hope to see you somewhere along the journey!

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