Donald Trump: Disruptive Political Innovation?

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This post was originally published on the Forbes.com blog maintained since 2014 by Craig Hatkoff and Rabbi Irwin Kula, co-founders of the Disruptor Foundation. The Off White Papers began as a separate blog and now is routinely featured in Forbes’ Leadership section and others including Entrepreneurship and Technology. For more commentary, please follow @offwhites on Twitter. By Craig […]

New Fellow: Matt Chamlin, Lifelong Disruptor

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Matt Chamlin has been president of nine consumer product companies including Lark Luggage, Burlington Hosiery, Ellesse, Arrow Shirts, Cybergenics and Izod-Lacoste.  He has also held senior executive positions at Revlon, General Mills, Merck and Reebok.  He is a graduate of Columbia College, received an MBA from Columbia School of Business and subsequently taught at the […]

New Fellow: Michelle Miller – Author


Michelle is author and creator of The Underwriting, a satirical corporate thriller about Wall Street, Silicon Valley and dating app that began as a 12-part trandsmedia serial and is now a critically-acclaimed novel published in twenty languages and in television development. Michelle is committed to energizing fiction for the young urban professional audience. Start with […]

New Fellow: Camille Massey – Founding Executive Director, Sorensen Center at CUNY Law School

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Camille Massey is the Founding Executive Director of the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice at CUNY Law School. Launched in the fall of 2014, the Sorensen Center is named after Ted Sorensen, long-time close advisor and speechwriter to President John F. Kennedy. The Sorensen Center trains social justice lawyers and protects the rights […]

New Fellow: Gavin Michael – Head of Digital for Consumer & Community Banking, Chase

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Gavin Michael is Head of Digital for Consumer & Community Banking, helping Chase to lead the digital transformation of financial services. Knowing that many consumers go to their digital devices first, Michael is driving a digital strategy to offer customers the most personalized and convenient — and safest — digital experience in the industry. Chase’s early investments […]

New Fellow: R. Adam Smith — Founder & CEO, Big Sky Partners and Circle Peak Capital

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R. Adam Smith is an experienced investor in, advisor to, and builder of, tens of startup, venture and private equity-backed companies in the U.S., and abroad, since the mid-1990s.  Adam is an expert in the branded space with a focus on all matters related to the consumer, including luxury, accessories, retail, apparel, beauty, art and design, digital […]

New Fellow: Nnamdi Okike – Co-Founder and General Partner, 645 Ventures

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Nnamdi Okike is a venture capitalist and angel investor with an extensive track record of investing in industry-shaping software and Internet companies. Nnamdi is Co-Founder and General Partner at 645 Ventures, a seed and Series A venture capital firm. 645 Ventures applies an institutional model to investing in early-stage companies, applying a data-intensive model to […]

New Fellow: Kathryn Minshew – Founder and CEO, TheMuse.com

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Kathryn Minshew is the CEO & Founder of TheMuse.com, a career platform helping 20+ million people build amazing careers through inspiration, jobs, skills and advice to get them to the next level. Kathryn has spoken at MIT and Harvard, appeared on The TODAY Show and CNN, and contributes on career and entrepreneurship to the Wall […]

New Fellow: Jennifer Lopez – Founder and CEO, Wisenn & Co and Founding Member, NASA Datanaut Corps

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Jennifer Lopez is the Founder and CEO of Wisenn & Co., a global advisory firm providing personalized solutions for strategic partnerships in areas of social impact, STEM, and innovation. Among her recent clients: CASIS – Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, The New York Academy of Sciences, Global STEM Alliance, PopTech, American Society for Clinical […]

New Fellow: Binta Niambi Brown – Founder and CEO, Fermata Entertainment


Binta Niambi Brown is the Founder and CEO of Fermata Entertainment Ltd., and Managing Partner of entertainment boutique firm Brown Benjamin. A former corporate lawyer at each of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Kirkland & Ellis (where she was a partner for seven years before starting Fermata), Binta has advised global entertainment and media companies […]

New Fellow: Pip Coburn – Founder, Coburn Ventures

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Pip is one of the ringleaders studying monumental change for business analysis at Coburn Ventures while aiming to develop communities. He believes we are in a period of Routing Around Institutions of all sorts as hyper-personalized demand will be met over and over with granular supply in a way that will make institutional heads spin…and […]

Rabbis Without Borders: The Pop-up Rabbi


The below post is by Disruptor Foundation co-founder Irwin Kula and was originally published here on The Wisdom Daily. By Irwin Kula 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 […]

New Fellow: Brynne Thompson – Founder, Respire Enterprises and Partner, Coburn Ventures

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  Brynne is the Founder of Respire Enterprises, which builds on the idea that business has a strong and significant role to play in generating social good, and that consumers are regular human beings who seek connection to and support of one another, often through economic activity.   Respire’s Enterprise Program matches innovative for-profit businesses with non-governmental […]

New Fellow: Asi Burak — President, Games For Change

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Asi Burak is an award-winning game creator, tech executive, and social entrepreneur.  He is the President of Games for Change (G4C), a nonprofit with the mission to catalyze social impact through digital game.  As the Executive Producer of the Half the Sky Movement games, he orchestrated partnerships with Zynga, some of the world’s leading NGOs and […]

New Fellow: Jensine Larsen – Founder and CEO, World Pulse

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Jensine (Yen-See Nah) Larsen, an award-winning social media entrepreneur and international journalist is the founder of World Pulse. Today World Pulse’s digital communication network is linking tens of thousands of women from more than 190 countries, including those who are speaking out using Internet cafes and cell phones from rural areas and conflict zones -impacting more […]

New Fellow: The Rev. Dr. William Lupfer – Rector


The Rev. Dr. William Lupfer became the 18th Rector of Trinity Church Wall Street in New York City in 2015. Dr. Lupfer oversees Trinity’s local and global ministries, which benefit people in New York City, nationally, and throughout the world. As Rector, he is focused on racial justice, mass incarceration, homelessness, and low-income housing, and is […]

New Fellow: Robert V. Taylor – Speaker, Author, Activator

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  Opinionated, outspoken and optimistic, Robert V. Taylor advocates creating change in the world through combining compassion with courage. His inspiring life story is the foundation for his work in helping others to recognize and utilize the power of their personal stories. In 1999, his courage was rewarded when Seattle’s Episcopal Cathedral elected him as […]

New Fellow: Dr. Helen Papagiannis – Augmented Reality (AR) Researcher and Storyteller

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Dr. Helen Papagiannis is recognized as a world leading expert in the field of Augmented Reality (AR). She has been working with AR for a decade as a researcher, designer, and technology evangelist with a focus on storytelling and creating compelling experiences in AR. Dr. Papagiannis was named among the NEXT 100 Top Influencers (#16) […]

New Fellow: Ava DuVernay – AFFRM Founder & Filmmaker


Ava DuVernay is a writer, producer, director and distributor of independent film. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, her most recent film SELMA chronicles the historic 1965 voting rights campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ‎She previously wrote, produced and directed the dramatic feature, MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, which earned her the […]

Veni, Video, Vici

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By Craig Hatkoff The Wall Street Journal featured a front page story on our own Prince Fahad al Saud who gave the world its first public preview (at Tribeca and Games for Change) of his gaming company’s ground-breaking video game “Saudi Girls Revolution.” Scheduled for release toward the end of the year by Fahad’s gaming company NA3M, SGR is […]

Congratulations to our Fearless Moderator Perri Peltz on her New Film

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By Craig Hatkoff 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.  Below article “Getting Real About the Black Experience” originally published by Irwin Kula on The Wisdom Daily, May 21, 2015 I was in Baltimore this past weekend for the bar mitzvah of […]

Innovating Race in America by Rabbi Irwin Kula


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 […]

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: guest post 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 […]

Photos: Awards 2015

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Photography credit: Andrew Federman


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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 […]

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 […]

Fran Lebowitz: Disruptor Foundation Fellow

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

Cobie Smulders: Disruptor Foundation Fellow


Cobie Smulders, well known to audiences for her role as Robin Sherbatzky on CBS’s hit show “How I Met Your Mother,” has recently starred in “The Avengers”, opposite Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson. She reprised her role for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier and will next […]

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” […]