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Shah Karim — CEO, Saferock

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Shah Karim is an expert on customer engagement, improving shareholder value, Big Data, and retail. For more than 20 years, Mr. Karim has guided retailers and corporations on digital transformation, cost reduction, and business turnarounds. He is the CEO of Saferock. Mr. Karim has researched and spoken on Big Data and Customer Engagement at dmexco, Citi Research (Retail Equities), the Univ of North Texas and presented to Fortune 500 companies. He has been interviewed and… [See Full Post]


Donald Trump And The Wollman Rinking of American Politics

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  Excerpted from a Forbes article written by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: We best understand the world through compelling narratives. Here’s one that helps us process the phenomenon known as Trump for President: “Once upon a time there was an ice skating rink in Central Park that could no longer make ice. No one could figure out how to fix the skating rink. Years went by and millions of dollars were spent and still… [See Full Post]


‘Scenema’ And The Truth According To Darren Wilson

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Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: Driven by their own quest to better understand the emotions, conflict and complexities that emerged from the tragedy of Michael Brown’s death, filmmakers Sol Guy and Ezra Miller have just premiered a provocative experimental work–a standalone “scene” extruded from the larger drama of Ferguson, Missouri. The four and a half minute piece is called The Truth According to Darren Wilson, which inaugurated a new feature, The Scene, on Tribeca… [See Full Post]


Trumping Hamilton: A Tale of Two Bastards

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Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: Last week two great American spectacles, one featuring Alexander Hamilton and the other Donald Trump, had their opening nights. Both shows made great theater, each starring quite arguably a slightly flawed, unconventional anti-hero, i.e. a character with non-traditional heroic attributes. Anti-heroes can tend to be real bastards but we kind of like them anyway. Anti-hero? Just think Walter White in “Breaking Bad.” A very lovable bastard… [See Full Post]


Is Donald Trump a Disruptive Political Innovation?

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Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: Despite all of the hoopla about Donald Trump’s quixotic quest to become the 45th President of the United States, it remains highly improbably, in spite of leading in the Republican polls, that the Donald will ever sit in the Oval Office. It is easy to cast aspersions and ridicule almost everything about Donald’s shoot-from-the-hip campaign from his inflammatory and offensive epithets about Mexicans, his… [See Full Post]


Rabbis Without Borders: The Pop-up Rabbi (by Irwin Kula)

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A few weeks back I wrote about how exciting and unnerving it is that, according to a new Pew Report on religion, institutional religion in America is clearly weakening. With people mixing, blending and bending their identities – and with spiritual resources increasingly accessible independent of religious institutions and authorities – there are now more Americans religiously unaffiliated than there are members of any denomination! In other words, America’s largest religion is None (or unaffiliated). I suggested… [See Full Post]


Congratulations to our Fearless Moderator Perri Peltz on her New Film

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Here’s a piece I’d like everyone to read. And watch the video. It’s a piece Irwin did about Perri Peltz’s latest film:  “I was in Baltimore this past weekend for the bar mitzvah of my close friend’s grandson. The site of our last racial hot zone, Baltimore is still reeling from the recent unrest over Freddie Gray’s death (tourism is reportedly down; some students are turning down Baltimore universities where they’ve been accepted for 2015-’16), while… [See Full Post]


Innovating Race in America (by Rabbi Irwin Kula)

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Part of the #TENRABBIS blog by the rabbis at TDIA 2015. Originally posted on The Wisdom Daily.  By Rabbi Irwin Kula Do you know who Dixon White is? The proud, self-proclaimed “redneck” is a former racist – and a YouTube phenomenon. His viscerally honest, rough, intense, cuss-filled (NSFW), incredibly discomforting video “I’m a Redneck and I Love America” has already gone viral with millions of views. In the clip, he picks apart “a White supremacist culture… [See Full Post]


Our TDIA 2015 Opening Video

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Proud to present the Opening Video shown at the live 2015 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, April 24th. Our opener features clips of extreme athlete Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, one of this year’s Honorees and also a Disruptor Foundation Fellow, from an original video by Devin Supertramp — truly capturing both Aaron’s spirit and the spirit of the Awards.    


Sacred Community and Disruptive Innovation (by Rabbi Joshua Stanton)

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By Rabbi Joshua Stanton There was an unlikely group present for the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards: ten rabbis. This cohort, of which I was fortunate to be a part, was present through the Rabbis Without Borders program of CLAL. There was an unspoken but invaluable question for me as one of the few clergy among the attendees: can religious communities survive disruptive innovation? Perhaps ironically, our very presence as standard-bearers of a religion that predates… [See Full Post]


From Standing By to Understanding Black Lives Matter by Rabbi Matt Gewirtz

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Part of the #TENRABBIS blog series by the rabbis at TDIA 2015. Originally posted on The Wisdom Daily. By Rabbi Matt Gewirtz I have been in and out of sleep all night. I wake automatically reaching for the remote to see if it has gotten any worse. I hold my blanket up so that only my eyes can see, pretending somehow that if I cover enough of myself, only parts of the news will infiltrate my… [See Full Post]


#TENRABBIS

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By Craig Hatkoff Two years ago at the Awards, Clay Christensen issued a call to action for everyone in attendance; Clay in his remarks exhorted that “we desperately need to disrupt religion, parenting and terrorism!” We took Clay’s call to action quite seriously particularly with regard to religion. Last year Pope Francis received our Adam Smith Prize presented by the Harvard Business Review; his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium was our book of the year. We… [See Full Post]


When You Give David Lynch A Hammer…

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Last Friday at the sixth annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, we honored filmmaker David Lynch for his work with the David Lynch Foundation, which has become a powerful force introducing Transcendental Meditation as a healing and stress-reducing program to hundreds of thousands of children and adults. We welcomed TM educator of 40 years and the Foundation’s Executive Director (and a Disruptor Foundation Fellow), Bob Roth, to accept on Lynch’s behalf when we heard that Lynch couldn’t make… [See Full Post]


Fran Lebowitz: Disruptor Foundation Fellow

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Fran Lebowitz lives in New York City where she divides her time.


Press Release: 6th Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards

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TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL AND DISRUPTOR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE HONOREES FOR SIXTH ANNUAL DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION AWARDS *** Award collaboration with Harvard professor Clay Christensen to recognize leading disruptors of consequence including Airbnb, VICE Media, Rent The Runway, Girls Who Code, journalist Peter Greste, Ford Foundation’s Darren Walker, Formula E Racing and more *** Walter Isaacson’s “The Innovators” named Book of the Year, Headspace named App of the Year New York, NY [March 27, 2015] – The Tribeca… [See Full Post]


Is TDIA Honoree and Fellow, Thomas Suarez About to Change the World?

From 3D Glasses to 3D Printing... Thomas and his dad Ralph Suarez in the audience at TDIA 2013.

By Craig Hatkoff The ORB 3D printer is intended to print 10x faster, has full modularity, a new coding language and, oh by the way, uses an open source architecture. Those who saw Thomas at our 2012 Awards when he was 12 might not be completely surprised that he has come up with all of this just two years after we gave him a Makerbot just to see what he could came up with. Yesterday the leading… [See Full Post]


Synchronicity: Red, Blue and the Great Debate

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By Craig Hatkoff Irwin Kula (“the literal rabbi”) and I are always seeking insights into and discussing polarization in America whether it be conversations with our friend Glenn Beck (Irwin has become a regular on Glenn’s show) or discussions about how population density, industrialization or agrarian geography (i.e., rice versus wheat) influence the politics of our world views. Today we had one of our extraordinarily surreal moments in one of our phone conversations. (Irwin is vacationing in Miami… [See Full Post]


Disruptor David Keyes on The Sony Hack

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This blog post is a re-post of an article written by “The Daily Beast” contributor David M. Keyes, one of our Disruptor Foundation Fellows. Originally published December 18th here. The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror By David Keyes If the noble experiment of American democracy is to mean anything, it is fidelity to the principle of freedom. It is to champion the idea that all men and women are endowed with certain unalienable rights—free… [See Full Post]


Pakistan Attack: A Note from Mosharraf Zaidi, Disruptor Foundation Fellow

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By Craig Hatkoff Earlier today, militants from the Pakistani Taliban attacked a school in Peshawar, Pakistan and killed 141 innocent and unarmed children, teachers, and school officials. I sent a message to Disruptor Foundation Fellow Mosharraf Zaidi,who is working on the Alif Ailaan campaign for education in Pakistan. This is the note that Mosharraf wrote back: Thinking of friends who are thinking of us tonight. Don’t know what to say. Sharing the note I sent the Alif Ailaan team earlier today. We… [See Full Post]


Google Constitute Launches in Arabic

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We are proud to promote the launch of Constitute in Arabic! Constitute was one of our 2014 Honorees this past year, and they continue to be expanding their innovative constitution digitization platform. The blog content below was originally posted on the Google Ideas Public Policy Blog by Brett Perlmutter (Special Projects Lead, Google Ideas) on Monday, December 15th.  Those who write (and re-write) national constitutions naturally learn and draw from the work of other drafters. Constitute, a… [See Full Post]


Pope Francis: CEO and Epic Innovator

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Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: Every CEO is an evangelizer. So those struggling with how to deal with the pressures of disruption would do well to closely follow Pope Francis. His first bit of sage advice for every CEO is: “An evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral!” Last April Pope Francis received not one but two awards at our annual Tribeca… [See Full Post]


Pittsburgh Education Blog Part 2: STEAM Learning

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We are thrilled to have two of our 2014 disruptors from honoree city Pittsburgh, PA — Cathy Lewis Long and Gregg Behr — continue with fantastic guest blog posts in their series on the evolving nature of education!    Left and Right Sides of the Brain Reunite through STEAM Learning By Gregg Behr, Linda Hippert, and Cathy Lewis Long   Last week, thousands gathered in Los Angeles to celebrate the coming together of science, technology, engineering, the… [See Full Post]


VIDEO: TDIA Profiled on HLN

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During the week leading up to this year’s Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, HLN introduced the world to four of the newest key players in disruptive innovation (above) on national television. Watch their reel featuring four of our honorees — Kevin Kelley (“The coach who never punts”), Debbie Sterling (“GoldieBlox”), Yael Cohen (“Fuck Cancer”) and Adam Braun (“Pencils of Promise”). WHAT’S YOUR SPUTNIK MOMENT? In 1957, the launch of the world’s first artificial satellite, Sputnik I,… [See Full Post]


Why Apple Users Had An Issue With The U2 Album

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Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: Has Apple taken us from 1984 to 2014 and back again? In what is considered one of the greatest commercials ever made, Apple Computer introduced the Mac to the world in 1984 during the Super Bowl running an ad that instantaneously changed the image of Apple forever. The commercial depicts a futuristic Orwellian dystopia controlled by Big Brother being destroyed by a courageous sledge-hammer wielding… [See Full Post]


Solving the Prisoner’s Dilemma: The Death of Klinghoffer at the Met

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Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: Game theory’s famous Prisoner’s Dilemma has many variations. Consider the case where two “rational” individuals who might not cooperate even when it’s in their best interest; “irrational” behavior, albeit riskier, can lead to a better outcome for each. Are we witnessing a solution to the Prisoner’s Dilemma unfolding at the Metropolitan Opera? Controversy surrounding the Met’s production of The Death of Klinghoffer that premiers at… [See Full Post]


How To Die In America: Welcome To La Crosse, WI

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Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: One of the most intractable and politically charged problems in the U.S. healthcare system is end-of-life care. Unlike other third rail issues it only took two words—death panels—to put a screeching halt to the much needed public conversation about how we address medical care during the last six to twelve months of life. While she  managed to remove the payment provisions for end-of-life consultation from Obamacare, Sarah… [See Full Post]


A Fearful Scimitar: ISIS and Asymmetric Warfare

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Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: First James Foley. And now, just moments ago, Steven Sotloff. The insanity continues. How does any one make sense of what to do about ISIS? This second beheading ups the ante for President Obama whose tan suit attracted as much attention as the substance of the heavy topics being discussed at last week’s impromptu White House press conference. But one comment really stood out. Explaining… [See Full Post]


Jason Silva on Shots of Awe: Instagram

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Originally published by Ryan Grenoble as “Profound Examination Of Instagram Will Leave You Inspired By The Power Of A Photo” on The Huffington Post If you use Instagram, then filmmaker and TV personality Jason Silva would like to congratulate you on successfully navigating two different, simultaneous realities. Don’t worry. Near as we can tell, this isn’t the Matrix, and you aren’t Neo. The notion of dual realities is the subject of Silva’s latest “Shots of Awe”… [See Full Post]


Pittsburgh Education Blog Part 1: Back To School

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We are thrilled to have two of our 2014 disruptors from honoree city Pittsburgh, PA — Cathy Lewis Long and Gregg Behr — be a part of several of the next upcoming blog posts on the evolving nature of education! “Raising the Next Generation of Innovators through Maker Learning” By Gregg Behr, Cathy Lewis Long, and Jane Werner As they say, everything old is new again. Today, the Do-It-Yourself tradition of garage tinkerers and amateur… [See Full Post]


If It Isn’t Disruptive Innovation Then What Is It? Try ‘Quantum Innovation’ On For Size

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Excerpted from a Forbes.com article by Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula: Is a new lexicon in disruption emerging? Adi Ignatius, editor-in-chief of the Harvard Business Review, recently interviewed Professor Clayton Christensen on the heels of Professor Jill Lepore’s now-famous rant about disruptive innovation in The New Yorker. The ensuing controversy put Christensen and his theory at the center of the storm. But his comments in the interview held some interesting clues as to how he sees the future of disruptive… [See Full Post]