This week, I have a great opportunity for writers, musicians and business leaders. I have just been appointed “Rock’n’Roll Innovation Editor” for a US based Global Innovation Company called Innovation Excellence. The company is run by Julie Anixter, who worked with Tom Peters and Seth Godin amongst other leading business thinkers around the world. Innovation Excellence is the most popular innovation website in the world with over 10 000 readers per day and counting. As part of my job there, I am planning interviews with people in the coming year such as Ahmet Ertegun’s biographer, CEO of Atlantic Records, Bill Nelson, Professor Adrian Furnham, Bernie Torme, Sir Richard Branson and Sir Paul McCartney. We’re starting shortly with a piece about the enigma that is Richard Strange, leader of proto-punk pop-art group The Doctors of Madness and perhaps punk’s godfather,
So, what then does the Rock’n’Roll Innovation Editor do? Good question! You don’t see many RNR Innovation Editors on the staff at the Financial Times or the New York Herald Tribune! My job is to interview, write or commission articles with any of the following types of people:
- Innovative musicians – Names that spring to mind include Robert Fripp, Lady Gaga, Brian Eno, Madonna – people who have either innovated within music or are gamechangers in the music industry.
- Innovation leaders – Especially those who get the idea that innovative leadership requires both discipline and improvisation – Virgin, Toyota, First Direct, Google, 3M, The Eden Project spring immediately to mind.
- Innovation authors and academics – Again those who have a ‘Rock’n’Roll outlook’ on the subject – Brian Clegg, Tom Peters, Adrian Furnham et al are on my list of suspects here.
So, in the warped words of the hymn “Come all ye faithful … and also a healthy dose of firestarters …” Drop me a line and let’s see if we can create a guest article or interview.
Speaking of firestarters, time to finish with a bit of that…