The Frontier Project's event design practice. This is our storyboard.

5 Things You Need To Know Today. 
There’s this thing called the third wave that’s disrupting how people consume coffee.
Jewelry design meets wearable tech in the Q bracelet - a chic, minimalist bracelet that charges your phone. Also: great idea for event swag. (currently in pre-order)
You should go to: Detroit. One of the most incredible places we’ve been to in the last few years. Each time we do a client event there, it’s life changing (for them, and for us). Watch this brief chat with Tyree Guyton, the artist behind the Heidelberg Project (always a stop for us when we’re in town).
That (above) is Levitated Mass, 340 tons of granite suspended over a concrete walkway at LACMA. Standing under it is oddly awesome, a must-do when in Los Angeles. LA also happens to be where we’re holding our first original conference, BSides. Dec 3-4. Join us.
Finally, The Frontier Project landed on INC Mag’s list of 5000 fastest growing companies. So, that’s cool. High-res

5 Things You Need To Know Today. 

There’s this thing called the third wave that’s disrupting how people consume coffee.

Jewelry design meets wearable tech in the Q bracelet - a chic, minimalist bracelet that charges your phone. Also: great idea for event swag. (currently in pre-order)

You should go to: Detroit. One of the most incredible places we’ve been to in the last few years. Each time we do a client event there, it’s life changing (for them, and for us). Watch this brief chat with Tyree Guyton, the artist behind the Heidelberg Project (always a stop for us when we’re in town).

That (above) is Levitated Mass, 340 tons of granite suspended over a concrete walkway at LACMA. Standing under it is oddly awesome, a must-do when in Los Angeles. LA also happens to be where we’re holding our first original conference, BSides. Dec 3-4. Join us.

Finally, The Frontier Project landed on INC Mag’s list of 5000 fastest growing companies. So, that’s cool.

Imagine a doctor who really listens to you – you know, the human behind the lab coat. Now imagine that doctor is also an internationally recognized medical educator and pioneer in clinical medical communications. Meet Dr. Alan Dow

Trained as a clinical generalist with an eye for identifying pragmatic innovations in healthcare, Dr. Alan Dow is well equipped to provide a hypothesis on the future of the healthcare industry, from provider-patient relationships, to technology applications, to how businesses might evolve employee health and benefits programs. As a speaker for Frontier Live, Dr. Dow is an open book on stage and shares insights garnered from the front lines of the medical field. 

Get to know Dr Dow in this short interview clip!

SXSW 2015: mark your calendar & pick your panels

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If you haven’t already, we recommend marking your calendar for SXSW 2015: March 13-22. Come mid-March, you won’t want to be missing out on the buzz coming out of Austin. After we attended this year’s conference, we posted on a few of the highlights & major themes coming out of interactive.

One of the unique things about SXSW is that they allow the public to weigh in on content ahead of the conference. SXSW typically receives over 3,000 speaking proposals, and they solicit the public’s help in narrowing that down to about 800 via the conference panel picker. This year, 4 of our speakers are in the running! We encourage you to surf some of the panel submissions and weigh in.

Links to our speakers below:
Amanda Richardson: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/39747
Zoe Romanohttp://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/32412
Scott Waynehttp://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/32177
Jason Ashlockhttp://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/32244

Happy hunting!

The Female Factor

We came across two articles this morning in Fast Company on women in the workforce, one article on how women make better investors, and another on how the most successful organizations have women in charge. We couldn’t help but think of Frontier Live speaker Amanda Richardson who talks about the female factor and how hiring women is a competitive advantage for companies.

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After spending over a decade in the fast-paced, never-stop, cut- throat world of global tech, Amanda is truly on the front lines of the great gender awakening. In her keynote on the female factor, Amanda discusses some of the innate skills and abilities that women possess - including discipline and patience - that provide them with a growing competitive advantage in today’s business environment. 

engagethinking:

You hate them right? Corporate meetings. They jam up your day. Half the participants don’t need to be there, the other half are plugged into their email instead of the meeting.

Enter our modern meetings flipdeck. A visual reminder of the contemporary rules of modern meetings. Each one…

Co-Founder of Holstee Answers Our Questions

Dave Radparvar is the co-founder and creative director of Holstee. A company based in Brooklyn that, through their products, inspires people to live mindfully, as evidence by their kick ass company manifesto.

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We caught up with Dave after a Frontier client immersion that Holstee was a part of (thanks, Dave!) to ask him a couple of questions around the Holstee manifesto and what is means to be passionate about your work and attentive to opportunities.  

Q: I read this book once titled, “So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion In The Quest for Work You Love” and the premise was that you need not look for the perfect job or follow your passion (that can often lead down a road where there is no strong customer segment and need) but instead you need to find a skill or craft, become amazing at that thing and the love will follow. What do you say to that notion?

Dave: I think that’s a great approach. When it comes to self fulfillment or happiness I think that it will always come from within, it’s not something someone can give you. So whether you have a burning passion or dream that you pursue or whether you find a craft and go deep on it, I think they can both be great roads to self fulfillment and happiness. Life is complicated in that we have so many decisions to make but simple in that so few of them are really as important, in a universal perspective, as they may seem. If following a dream makes you happy, follow that. If honing your craft gives you joy, then do that. Give your energy to people and things that give you energy.

Q: How are you meant to recognize an opportunity from a distraction? 

Dave: I like this question. I think that knowing your goal really well will help you identify things as a distraction or an opportunity. Here is a simple example…If your goal is to cross the street, and along the way a car is flying by and honks, that honk may distract you momentarily from your goal of crossing the street, but that honk also made you pause and saved your life from getting hit. Had you not yielded to the ‘distraction’ of the honk you would have never reached your destination. Awareness to the opportunities or distractions around you can help you reach your goal, as long as you have a clear goal and are open to new roads and paths to get there.

- BC

Stevie Toepke’s Three C’s

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She’s one of our favorite facilitators out there. She’s an awesome moderator, always knowing how to ask the right questions to get to the really interesting answers. She’s our culture guru at The Frontier Project. Get to know Stevie in the Q&A below, borrowed from our friends at The Creative Change Center in Richmond

How do you CREATE?
ST: I’m a four-time marathon runner, which sounds impressive, until you realize that running is just putting one foot in front of the other…over and over again. The accomplishment is simply in the stick-to-it-ness. Creating isn’t that different. You just try things and do it as an activity or discipline rather than an act of inspiration. Sometimes the result is crap. But if you do it enough, you’re bound to get something great every once and awhile. AND you learn to love the act of creating for the act itself. It becomes very gratifying, when the product isn’t exactly art.

How do you CONNECT?
ST: My uber young and hip colleagues accuse me of being a technical luddite because I do not tweet, instagram, flikr or post to Facebook like they think I should; however, I choose not to engage in those channels quite intentionally. I believe we have mistaken reach and platform for connection. True connection is personal and two-way and usually doesn’t doesn’t happen when we are all busy projecting the image of perfection we want others to have of us. Instead, I am a fan of meeting over coffee, connecting through volunteer opportunities, discovering connections over a glass of wine, or learning about our shared interests while we huff and puff on a run. Those are the spaces that allow us to express our hopes and fears that truly help us to connect with one another.

How do you COLLABORATE?
ST: I’m not gonna lie - this is hard for me. I am opinionated AND bossy. I get an idea in my head and I am ready to run with it and will wage serious campaigning tactics to get others on my side. Of course, that isn’t collaboration so much as it is influence or persuasion. I heard a great interview with John Cleese (for you youngsters, he was a founding member of Monty Python, which I hope to God still means something). In an interview with HBR, he was once asked to explain as a comic, how he collaborated with others. He referenced his movie, The Life of Brian (again, if you don’t know what I am talking about, for the love of God, please consult Netflix). In producing a movie about religion, he knew that if they tried to collaborate and agree on what religion IS, they’d never get anywhere. BUT, if they started with what religion ISN’T, they’d have a chance in hell of getting someplace. I follow that cue and start with agreeing on what something isn’t or what we don’t want and then suddenly it becomes easier to narrow in on the right direction.

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