In This Episode

[02:30] How Theo's background fuels his innovation insights.

[04:50] Talking about organization end goals and creativity.

[11:09] Defining what courageous imagination means.

[12:45] Theo recalls a quote from George Sparks.

[25:23] On leaders being maverick-minded and human-obsessed.

[26:19] Theo talks about neuroscientist Vivian Ming.

[37:15] The best advice Theo has received about leadership.

[38:05] The Combustion Questions

what we learned from theo

Gen Z will make up 20% of the workforce by 2025.

Digital tools are the bread and butter of contemporary society.

Courage and imagination are measurable.

Transformational creativity is already happening all the time.

Notable quotes

[19:17] - "Courage and imagination are scientific concepts that come from across many disciplines, but there's also an art to both of those things."

[25:38] - "Being a maverick could produce divergent ideas, but there comes a point when you have to produce convergent goals."

[36:29] - "Human instincts are human instincts."

[37:18] - "Leadership is a dialogue, not a monologue."

Our Guest

Theo Edmonds is the directing co-founder of CU Denver's Imaginator Academy, a cultural analytics strategy and futurist innovation hub. Theo works with global networks of entrepreneurs, companies, scientists, artists, creative innovators and changemakers of all kinds to find hidden opportunities that others miss.

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