Creative Competition

Leap Year and leaping into new possibilities! We’ve an extra day, how will you use it?

In the last 6 weeks I’ve come across 2 speeches which intrigued me and two concepts from two men of note that I wish to explore in this and future posts. Each man seems to be at the threshold of something great, yet something’s not entirely filled out:

  1. Muhammad Yunus spoke at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA back in early January. He built a compelling case around the concept of “social business. This is captured in his book: Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism – definitely worth reading. A few days later
  2. Bill Gates addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos, CH on the concept of “Creative Capitalism“.

Both concepts resonate with me yet each relies heavily on the concept of collaboration without a developed concept competition. My own focus today: “Creative Competition” could build upon socially contributing models and collaborative endeavors, though leverages the boosting power of healthy and energetic competition. Competition focused on winning and success – though absent of any destructive element that tries to win by making others lose. I’ve been toying with this notion for months and it forms and integral part of Sustainably Free. The title came to me following Yunus’s talk and was confirmed by Gates’s the following week.

This topic deserves dialogue and I intend to develop it further in the coming months – Leap on it if you will – I want competitive dialogue ;-)