As the Co-Founder of Innovation Bound, Costa Michailidis has helped everyone from Fortune 500 companies to the top minds at NASA unlock their creativity in ways that lead to exponential breakthroughs. In today’s episode, Costa reveals why true innovation can only come from harnessing our courage and reclaiming our childlike sense of wonder. He also talks about his work at Innovation Bound, and adds a new twist to what we know about the relationship between creativity and technology.
- How to live in a curious state of mind
- What it means to unlearn (and why you should do it)
- The fine line between courage and insanity
- What “brainstorming” really means
- Lessons on passion from the Wright Brothers
In today’s disruptive business environment, Costa Michailidis’ fluency in creative thinking and adaptive execution makes him indispensable to innovation projects. He has organized innovation tournaments inside of Fortune 500s, guided NASA’s astrobiology roadmap creation, worked on life science education reform, and contributed to many other projects in science and business. Costa made his first appearance at TEDx at the United Nations in New York in 2013, and continues to speak at conferences and companies on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship, in order to nurture the type of courage and curiosity that accelerate innovation and drive progress.
Costa has been finding ways to challenge himself and learn ever since he discarded the instructions of his first Lego set and put his imagination to the test. He has been a construction worker, building playgrounds and homes one brick at a time, as well as a web developer, an athlete, a coach, a writer, a professional storyteller (yes, that’s a real job), and a local president with an international NGO. Costa’s ability to innovate is predicated on his love for connecting with people and the joy he takes in building a deep understanding of a challenge within the context of a unique local reality.
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