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Rabbis Without Borders: The Pop-up Rabbi

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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 […]


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

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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 […]


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


#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 […]


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

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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” […]


Pope Francis: CEO and Epic Innovator

Pope Francis has been nicknamed “the Cold Call Pope”; he often answers correspondences himself by phoning worshippers directly with no intermediaries as filters. (Photo: AP)

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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

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 other sections including Entrepreneurship and Technology. For more commentary, please follow @offwhites on Twitter.  By […]


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 […]


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, […]


Tribeca Film Festival 2015 Dates Announced

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We’re proud to announce that the 6th annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards will be held Friday, April 24th, with more detailed information to follow here on our blog! As you know, the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards recognize individuals, organizations, initiatives and ideas that make a significant contribution to the field of disruptive innovation or other […]


Blog: Weird Al Gets Disruptive

(This article was written by Karen Kemmerle and was originally posted on tribecafilm.com 7/29/14) The parody king is back on top with a number one record! The Atlantic thinks his new media strategy (and his talent, of course) is the reason why. Let’s face it. If you’ve been online this week, there’s a good chance […]


The Lindon Leader Logo Blog – Part 2

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Disruptor Foundation Fellow Lindon Leader has created some of the most iconic and memorable logos in the history of marketing. We are honored to run his “situation-challenge-solution” brief for some of his favorites.   NCAA Indianapolis, IN The Situation: Redefining a proud American institution In 1998 the NCAA faced a number of issues, among them: […]


The Lindon Leader Logo Blog – Part 1

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Disruptor Foundation Fellow Lindon Leader has created some of the most iconic and memorable logos in the history of marketing. We are honored to run his “situation-challenge-solution” brief for some of his favorites.   Technicolor North Hollywood, CA The Situation: Re-branding a Hollywood icon Technicolor’s enviable heritage traces back to 1915 when the company pioneered […]


Awards Ceremony Video

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Video of the 2014 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards can now be found on YouTube! Enjoy the full ceremony (below) or click here to see the entire playlist of individual honorees’ speeches and segments.


Clay Christensen Responds, and Reflects, on all the Hoopla

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By Craig Hatkoff and Irwin Kula, co-founders, Disruptor Foundation As co-founders with Clay of the Disruptor Foundation, our mission is to raise awareness of and encourage the advancement of disruptive innovation theory and its’ application. Jill Lepore’s New Yorker article, and the river of commentary in its wake has certainly achieved a heightened level of awareness […]


“The Greatest Flops in History” by Craig Hatkoff, Speaker at NYU Stern Undergraduate Baccalaureate

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On Thursday May 22nd, Craig Hatkoff had the honor of being Keynote Speaker at the 2014 NYU Stern School of Business Undergraduate College Baccalaureate ceremony at Radio City Music Hall. Craig’s speech, titled “The Greatest Flops in History,” featured the symbolic TDIA Hammer, and offered advice and anecdotes for the Class of 2014: The Greatest Flops […]


Photos: Awards 2014

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Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards April 25, 2014 – NYU Skirball All images copyright 2014, Philip Montgomery


“From Outer Space to Inner Space…Sputnik 2.0″: TDIA Opening Video 2014

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In its fifth anniversary year, TDIA explores the impact of the original “Sputnik moment” and takes a bold journey from outerspace to innerspace, in search of the innovations that will come to define “Sputnik 2.0″. Written & Produced by Joshua Cicerone, Edited by Jeremy Mather  


Rick Rubin, Kanye West and Mark Romanek Team Up for 808 Acceptance Speech Video That Rocks Tribeca

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Rick Rubin, Kanye West and Mark Romanek Team Up for 808 Acceptance Speech Video That Rocks Tribeca by Craig Hatkoff, Chief Curator, Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards & Co-Founder, Tribeca Film Festival This trio raised the bar: disrupted the future for all award shows and the usual deadly, boring acceptance speeches.   I was a bit […]


Press Release: The 5th Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL AND DISRUPTOR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCE HONOREES FOR FIFTH ANNUAL TRIBECA DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION AWARDS *** Award collaboration with Harvard professor Clay Christensen to highlight successful disruptive innovation including non-traditional, identity-based domains such as culture, education, healthcare, philanthropy, politics, religion and social entrepreneurship *** Curator and Chairman of TEDMED Jay Walker and Olympian Dick Fosbury […]


Jack Dorsey Debuts Square at the First Annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, 2010

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Tribeca Film Center April 29, 2010