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SXSW Interactive 2014

Don't be Ned Stark: Change Your Institution & Live

Clay Shirky has said that the only institutions that will thrive in the Internet age are those born of the Internet. We have built an ecosystem to advance digital startups: accelerators and incubators, mentors, curriculum and academic courses. In our rush to embrace startup culture, we risk ignoring the importance of institutions, public and private. US colleges and universities alone control over $350 billion. A handful of leaders and internal change agents are trying to apply startups’ culture of experimentation, appetite for risk and acceptance of failure to government, educational and corporate institutions. Disruption is lonely work; when they’re not successful internal change agents can find themselves isolated and out of a job. The panel will include two digital entrepreneurs with recent experience in institutions and someone with experience driving change within government.

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  1. How can those on the outside better support internal change agents?
  2. How do you identify and work with allies within your organization?
  3. How might we connect internal change agents with one another across companies and businesses?
  4. How do internal change agents counteract the headwinds and antibodies endemic to institutions?
  5. When do you give up?



John Bracken, Dir, Media Innovation, Knight Foundation

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  • Tags: leadership
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Work and Career
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate
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