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Riding the Monster:

Five Ways To Innovate Inside Bureaucracies

Why do so many game-changing innovations start on a napkin sketch in restaurants vs. drafting tables inside monster bureaucracies that famously chew up and spit out innovation? We answer that question—and show how to innovate inside big bureaucracies—with five inspiring stories of successful game-changers.


Dr. Eric Haseltine is an author, futurist, and neuroscientist. He has held several senior executive positions in private industry and the public sector. He was the associate director and CTO for national intelligence at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the director of research at the National Security Agency, an executive vice president at Walt Disney Imagineering, and a director of engineering at Hughes Aircraft Company. For the past few years, he has been developing completely new forms of digital media, entertainment, and advertising, in addition to cutting-edge cyber and industrial security solutions.

Eric has authored or co-authored 40 patents in optics, special effects, and electronic media. In addition, he has published more than 100 articles in Discover magazine, on Discover.com, and in journals such as Brain Research and Society for Neuroscience Proceedings. He maintains a blog on Psychology Today. Eric’s book, Long Fuse, Big Bang, shows how to prevent the tyranny of the urgent from trumping the pursuit of the important. He is co-author of The Listening Cure, with Dr. Chris Gilbert.



Russian Influence in Democratic Elections

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What Will Be the Next Big Scientific Breakthrough?

M12 Forum

The Nose in Front of You: How to See Missed Opportunities Staring You in the Face

Dr. Eric Haseltine and Dr. Chris Gilbert have launched a co-venture:
The Doctors Impossible.

Follow their adventures around the globe discovering the next “impossibilities” in both the world and inside of each of us, and exploring how they might shape our future.


Psychology Today Column

The Psychology Behind Russian Election Interference
The Psychology Behind Russian Election Interference

Russia’s espionage efforts exploited evolutionary psychology. The Mueller report describes various activities that Russian intelligence pursued to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election, including hacking emails, trolling...

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5 Impossible Things Your Brain Can Do
5 Impossible Things Your Brain Can Do

You don’t have to be a savant to have savant-like abilities. In her post Tap Into the Inner Genius You Didn’t Know You Had, Dr. Chris Gilbert described Acquired Savant Syndrome, a rare condition that sometimes occurs after trauma to the Left...

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