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The Crosswalk – January 2013


Thinking about signing up for our newsletter but not sure?  Why not take a look at our January 2013 newsletter to see if it is for you. Each newsletter varies but you can expect a few of the following in each update:

  • Intersection Stories
  • Book Reviews
  • Curated Innovation Articles and Analysis
  • Upcoming Events
  • Stories that highlight Intersectional Thinking

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a great holiday and is ready for an exciting and adventure filled year. The last few months have been incredibly busy. Here are a few things that have caught my eye while traveling

  • What I’ve been watching: Scandal – This ABC drama has the perfect amount of intrigue and controversy to serve as a placeholder until Game of Thrones comes back in March.
  • What I’ve been reading: The End of Men by Hanna Rosin. Rosin is a Senior Editor at The Atlanticand has released a thorough and thought provoking book about the changing gender rolls in America.
  • What I’ve been hearing: Songs of Distant Earth by Mike Oldfield. I recently re-discovered this gem over the holiday break. I’ve been doing a bit of writing lately and this is the perfect soundtrack.

- Frans Johansson

The Top 3 Public Speaking Tips for the New Year

Kristian Ribberstrom is Vice President of Product Development and senior consultant at The Medici Group. Outside of being an interesting guy, he delivers nearly 40 seminars, speeches and panel discussions each year, making him an expert public speaker. I asked Kristian to put together a quick list of his top 3 public speaking tips. Here is what he had to say.

 (An expanded version of this list will appear January 23, 2013 on the blog

  •  Tip #1: If you are using PowerPoint use as little text as possible. Your audience can hear you, and every time you repeat something on a slide you doubt their intelligence. The only exception is if you are showcasing a short sentence or your general thesis.
  • Tip #2: Vary the pace: We’ve all had the monotone college professor. Don’t be that guy. We’ve also had the fast-paced salesman. Don’t be him either. Instead vary the pace to build to something dramatic.
  • Tip #3: Start big and edit down: It is always easier to cut than add. One technique is to lay out everything you want to say on note cards and determine the length of your speech. If you are over the time limit, subtract a few note cards and reorganize the speech.
  • Bonus Tip: Take all advice into consideration but don’t follow it


Top Innovation Articles of 2012

Our blog editor, Eric Gardner, recently published an awesome curated list of the top 10 innovation stories of 2012. If you haven’t had a chance to read them (and perhaps 10 is a little too much on a Monday morning), here’s the top 2:

This Man Can’t Stop Innovating – Leigh BuchananInc.
What do sanitary napkins have to do with incinerators and public education? What about water tanks and building bricks? Nothing, unless you are Moses Kizza Musaazi, a Ugandan born inventor who has embraced purposeful bets and changed his homeland in the process. What is most intriguing about this Inc. profile is what it means to international development. Despite the promise of microfinance, the industry is still dominated by technocratic solutions. Musaazi’s firm, Technology for Tomorrow, shows that not only can anyone innovate, but that the best, most profitable solutions come locally.

The Man Who Makes the Future – Chris AndersonWired Magazine
Marc Andreessen just might be the least famous revolutionary in modern history. Sure, he is an icon in the tech world, but for some reason within the general public he isn’t mentioned in the same breathe as Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. In a revealing interview with Wired’s Chris Anderson, Andreessen discussed his unique and innovative worldview. It starts with a detailed discussion of his ability to reverse the industry’s common assumptions, and ends with an overview of what the future holds. Like all great intersectional thinkers, Andreessen knows he doesn’t hold the answer.

Did we miss any others? Tweet us @TheMediciGroup.


Events of Interest

The Medici Group is based in NYC and our team attends a slew of events each month. Here are a few that have caught our eye.


New York City