Professor Clayton Christensen – Father of Disruptive Innovation Theory & Author of The Innovator’s Dilemma – Lifetime Achievement Award

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Gregg Breinberg – Director, PS22 Chorus

The Teacher Behind the PS22 Internet sensation, Gregg has inspired countless youngsters at one of those everyday public schools filled with kids from all walks of life to reach for heights they could never have imagined or accomplished on their own. He is a young man with incredible passion and a never-ending commitment to his craft and his students. He is also proof positive of what a great teacher can accomplish. To garner the level… [See Full Post]

Jared Cohen and Jack Dorsey – Twitter Revolution

We would like to honor you for your roles in creating, identifying and harnessing the power of “connection technologies.”  As an early adopter and writer about these new technologies, Jared’s understanding of the transformative power of disruptive innovation has helped create and raise the awareness of new models for foreign policy and statecraft.  In June 2009, Jared and Jack delayed Twitter’s scheduled maintenance so that Iranians could continue sharing information with each other and outside… [See Full Post]

Jonathan Feinberg – Wordle

We would like to honor Jonathan as the creator of Wordle.  We view Wordle as an extraordinary example of a digital disruptive innovation that has many educational, communication and design applications.  We would also like to incorporate Wordle into some of the design elements for our award program itself.

Ashton Kutcher – Twitter

We would like to honor Ashton for his leadership role in identifying, utilizing and popularizing the power of connecting technologies and social media.  His efforts have disrupted traditional business platforms and helped create and raise the awareness of a new model for the distribution of entertainment, media and information.

Eric Steven Raymond – The Cathedral & The Bazaar

We would like to recognize the importance of Eric’s essay and subsequent book, The Cathedral and the Bazaar, as a powerful metaphor and clear articulation for the open source movement.  We believe CatB has many applications and is extremely relevant to other domains beyond the creation of computer code; the Cathedral and the Bazaar offers an enduring insight to open source architecture and its role in the field of innovation theory.

Clifford Ross – R1 Camera

Born in New York City, Ross earned a BA in Art and Art History from Yale University in 1974. Following an early career in painting and sculpture, Ross began his photographic work in 1994. A major milestone in his work was the Hurricane series, begun in 1996. The large-scale black and white images depict dramatic ocean waves shot during hurricanes by Ross while in the water and tethered to an assistant on land. In 2002,… [See Full Post]

Alfred Taubman – Threshold Resistance

Alfred’s theory of “Threshold Resistance” provides a very deep and powerful insight into innovation theory in general and offers a fascinating perspective that can help influence the application of Professor Christensen’s Disruptive Innovation Theory across many disciplines, domains and contexts and how to break down emotional, psychological, political and economic barriers. We would like to recognize Alfred and the importance of his theory articulated in Threshold Resistance: The Extraordinary Career of a Luxury Retailing Pioneer.

Michiko Kakutani – The New York Times

We would like to recognize Michiko for her New York Times article entitled “Text Without Context” regarding artistic appropriation and dilution. Her work represents a major contribution to the field of innovation theory that cogently highlights the inherent risks as well as the opportunities stemming from new paradigms of expression particularly through disruptive technologies and innovations.  Michiko’s work has raised a number of defining issues that will impact both artist and audience and insightfully articulates… [See Full Post]