Drivers of Change: The New IPO

The IPO – or Initial Public Offering, in Wall Street speak – has historically been a way for “the public” to purchase ownership in a company and benefit from what was projected to be its meteoric rise. 

This version of the IPO is failing to produce the pathway to equitable wealth and opportunity that (theoretically) it was meant to provide as part of the “American Dream”.

A year or two ago, I was sitting at a local pub with a couple of my best friends. They were trying to describe my approach to ATP and the world in three words (I must have been working on an application or profile at the time). After much laughter and conversation, three rose to the top:

Idealism. Pragmatism. Optimism.

These seemingly contradictory words struck me as incredibly accurate and necessary – not just for me, but for anyone seeking to enact system change.

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Viewpoint: The Ownership of Ideas

Where do you begin when you seek to stoke your imagination or fuel your curiosity? Personally, I seek out big ideas and bold action being taken by others – and one great place to find a LOT of those is TED. For anyone unfamiliar, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and the organization boasts what is perhaps the largest repository of “ideas worth sharing” to be found anywhere on the Internet.

It has been a long-time dream of mine to share the TED stage, and I am humbled to say that I have been invited to deliver a TEDx talk at the upcoming TEDxQuinnipiacU on April 30th. I will be presenting one of the core ideas that is foundational to our work and vision at A Tipping Point. 

That said, the purpose of this post is much more important than a promotion for a talk that may or may not leave me in a flop sweat reminiscent of another Ted (from the TV show Scrubs).

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