Michiko Kakutani – “Text Without Context,” The New York Times


Michiko Kakutani became book critic in the cultural news department at The New York Times in January 1983. She had served as a reporter covering cultural news since 1979, when she joined The Times. Ms. Kakutani came to The Times from Time magazine, where she had been a staff writer since 1977. Before that she… [See Full Post]

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

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Clayton Christensen is the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, where he teaches one of the most popular elective classes for second year students, Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise. He is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on innovation and growth and his ideas have been… [See Full Post]

Gregg Breinberg – Director, PS22 Chorus

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The music teacher behind the P.S. 22 choir and 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… [See Full Post]

Jared Cohen and Jack Dorsey – Twitter Revolution

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Jared Cohen and Jack Dorsey are credited in creating, identifying and harnessing the power of “connection technologies.” As early adopters and writers 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… [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. Feinberg created the Wordle word-cloud layout… [See Full Post]

Ashton Kutcher – Twitter

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Ashton Kutcher is an actor, tech investor and producer. Kutcher starred in the comedy series’ Two and a Half Men and  That 70’s Show and a variety of box office hits on the big screen. Kutcher has long been recognized for his tech investments and social media prowess, beginning with Twitter. In 2009, he was the first Twitter user… [See Full Post]

Eric Steven Raymond – The Cathedral & The Bazaar

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Eric Steven Raymond, often referred to as ESR, is a computer programmer and open source software advocate.Raymond’s name became known within the hacker culture when he became the maintainer of the “Jargon File”. After the 1997 publication of important essay on programming “The Cathedral and the Bazaar“, Raymond became, for a number of years, an informal… [See Full Post]

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… [See Full Post]

Alfred Taubman – Threshold Resistance

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Adolf Alfred Taubman was an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, known for conceptualizing the modern shopping malls. He pioneered the concept of shopping mall, an emerging trend in the global arena. The combination of his brilliance and sincerity shaped the emergence of shopping centers around the world. His imaginative vision transformed many lives along with his… [See Full Post]

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… [See Full Post]