Posts Tagged ‘vision’

Let’s go to Mars – a Reflection on “Endings”

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OK – in a very political cynical season, would you please take a moment to dream?

On October 11, 2016, as his days in office moved toward their end date, President Barak Obama issued an open letter that it’s time to go to Mars and time to reinvest in space exploration.  Taking an audacious leap into the future is commonplace for Presidents – real and fictional (I see you Leo McGarry) late in their second terms. But what can we learn from this?

First, its never too late to be ambitious.  Nestled in his letter is a realization that this goal builds on years of investment in basic scientific research and a push to increase competition in the aerospace industry.  What this says to me, and all of us, is that each day in our current job gives us the opportunity to leverage everything we’ve done so far.  And if you haven’t begun investing in your personal or professional future, today is the day to start.

The Rise of Hacker Philanthropy

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hacker philanthropy
/ˈhakər/ fəˈlanTHrəpē/
noun – term used to describe a new generation of philanthropists who are working to solve the world’s most pressing problems

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Sean Parker speaks onstage during the launch of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.

Based in Oakland, California, FCP is just a short drive away from some of the world’s most forward-thinking and cutting edge companies that call Silicon Valley home.  We hear people talk about being innovative a lot. And I mean a lot. Another bromide firmly embedded in Bay Area zeitgeist is the concept of “hacker culture,” which generally refers to technologist, engineers and inventors working to innovate on our break up the status quo. But lately, in our conversations with clients and reporters, we are hearing a new term come up with increasing frequency: “hacker philanthropy.”

Coined by Facebook investor billionaire Sean Parker, the term “hacker philanthropy” is meant to describe a new kind of philanthropist. Parker recently described the paradigm shift to the Financial Times: “I don’t even see it as giving away money as much as trying to solve a set of social or political problems that are not easily addressable with for-profit companies and investments.” Recently, Parker pledged $250 million to reshape the field of cancer immunology through the new Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.  Similarly, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged up to $1 billion shares of their Facebook stock to advance human potential and promote equality. Others in Parker and Zuckerberg’s cohort like Netflix’s Reed Hastings and Salesforce’s Marc Benioff have made similar pledges of support to some of the world’s most pressing problems.

According to an op-ed by Parker in the Wall Street Journal, “hackers share certain values: an antiestablishment bias, a belief in radical transparency, a nose for sniffing out vulnerabilities in systems, a desire to ‘hack’ complex problems using elegant technological and social solutions, and an almost religious belief in the power of data to aid in solving these problems.” Hacker philanthropists are applying these principals to philanthropy in the hopes of catalyzing more concrete change in the world.

New Year, New Stories to Tell

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By: Sarah Hersh-Walker

We love stories. We love telling them, listening to them and writing them. Why? Stories are a fundamental part of the human experience and one of the most effective ways to communicate information. With that in mind, we’re constantly looking for ways to share stories, whether through news coverage or social media.

Do you have a story to tell? Read on for inspiration from FCP’s clients, friends and partners and how they are telling stories through op-eds, news articles, a book and social media.

A retired Bureau of Land Management employee writes in the San Bernardino Sun about why the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) is critical to the future of California’s desert. We’re inspired by his description of visiting the desert with his family as a child and how the vast beauty of this place led to his 32 year career of public service at the Department of the Interior.

Use Your Winter Break to Retool Your Pitch

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We are often in meetings with talented entrepreneurs who have great ideas but who have a hard time communicating them. Founders often have great vision, but are so deep in the weeds of solutions and jargon that they struggle to make their vision accessible to angel investors or journalists who don’t share the expertise.

With 2015 looming, now is a great time to take stock of how you are talking about your product, your company, or your vision. You can take a moment to challenge yourself to think about whether the way YOU want to communicate about your idea truly recognizes that there is someone on the other side of the conversation that you are trying to engage . . . and whether you are reaching them in a way that will drive action.

Great communicators are humble. They recognize it’s never about what they want to say. Instead, it’s about what the person on the other side of the conversation needs to hear in order for them to do what you want them to do.

Here are some suggestions on how to use the winter break to “up your game.”