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Guest Speaker: Peter Sims


In his celebrated new book, ‘Little Bets,’ Peter Sims tells us that successful innovators (like the famous DC Central Kitchen, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and architect Frank Gehry) all share a common practice: achieving breakthrough results by methodically taking small, experimental steps in order to discover and develop new ideas. Rather than believing they have to start with a big idea or plan a whole project in advance, trying to foresee the final outcome, they make a series of little bets about what might be a good direction. Innovators learn from lots of little failures and from small but highly significant wins that allow them to happen upon unexpected avenues and arrive at extraordinary outcomes. 

Peter Sims is a strong supporter and a member of the national nonprofit landscape. With Minnesota’s own Bill George, Sims is the co-author of best-seller ‘True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership.’ He is also a member of General Electric’s Innovation Advisory Panel and an Innosight Fellow.  Sims cofounded Fuse Corps, a social venture that places entrepreneurial leaders on year-long grassroots projects to tackle some of America’s most pressing problems. Peter Sims will inspire us to start taking ‘Little Bets’ in order to build collective impact in our community.

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