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Episode #19 The Power of Citizenship

We examine the idea of citizenship and the power that comes with it. Here in North America, and across the Western world, we don’t put stringent definitions or limitations on what constitutes citizenship. Some simply define citizenship as voting while others would argue that even that is too limiting. Everyone we spoke with for this podcast, agreed on though was that it’s through citizenship that we create power, especially political power. Yet, as a whole we’ve become power illiterate....


Episode 16 Integrative Thinking

We take a look at integrative thinking, a problem-solving theory that MPI Institute director Roger Martin conceived about a dozen years ago. He’s written two books on the subject, 2007’s The Opposable Mind, and the just-released Creating Great Choices, co-authored by Jennifer Riel. Put simply, integrative thinking is a technique through which two opposing ideas are “resolved” by taking the best elements of each to create a new, better idea. The theory was born out of Roger’s quest to get...


Episode #15 Roger Martin and ProsperUS

A look into the themes explored in the new documentary short film ProsperUS. Produced by the Nantucket Project, an annual gathering of leading thinkers and decision makers with an aim making quote meaningful change, ProsperUS puts the spotlight on the decline of the American Dream and the dangers that imbalance poses to the capitalist democratic system. It also offers some solutions for this most wicked of problems and features MPI Institute Director Roger Martin and MPI Fellow Zeynep Ton....


Episode #9: What Trump Got Right & What The Dems Got Wrong

Ever since he burst back onto the political scene back in 2015, politicians, pundits and the general populace has been trying to figure out what makes Donald Trump tick. While many claim to understand the motivations of the president, few believed he’d actually win. Not so with Roger Martin. The former Dean of Rotman and our own Institute Director viewed Trump’s primary run through a business lens. By the beginning of 2016, Roger felt so strongly that Trump would clinch the nomination that...


Episode #6: Social Mobility

What do you do when your country goes on without you? On today’s episode, we take a look at the concept of social mobility, or moving up the socio-economic ladder. Politicians, particularly in the most recent election cycle, like to talk about the American dream – the idea that if you keep your head down and work hard, you can be lifted out of poverty, or into the upper echelons of the so-called middle class. That sort of rhetoric is common here in Canada too. And, as we saw through the...


Episode #5: Chuck Klosterman

We had the chance to speak with New York Times best-selling author Chuck Klosterman when he stopped by Rotman as part of our Shiftdisturbers speaker series. Klosterman is known for his keen sports and pop culture observations as well as his stint as the Ethicist for New York Times Magazine. He’s a super smart guy who brings his a unique worldview to almost any topic. But we were specifically talking about his new book, But What If We’re Wrong: Thinking About the Present as if it Were the...


Episode #3.5 (Mini-Episode): Your Worst Job Ever

For this mini-episode we polled the MPI office about our own worst work experiences. We talk a lot about the shift from an industrial economy to a creativity and knowledge driven economy. Yet, what gets obscured is that that this shift hasn’t benefitted everyone; while those who have moved into creative fields enjoy both higher compensation and job satisfaction, an alarming number of people aren’t so lucky. They find themselves stuck in precarious service industry work – dead-end low pay,...


Episode #3: Toronto as the Next Silicon Valley

A recent article on TechCrunch suggested that Toronto is set to become the next Silicon Valley. For Episode 3 of ShiftDisturbers we asked Toronto based entrepreneur Michael Katchen, founder of FinTech company WealthSimple, local angel investor Dan DeBow, and Richard Florida, who wrote series of Startup City reports examining the geography of venture capital investment, about the chances of such a thing happening. Music in this episode: "Steppin'" by Wake; "Siesta" by Jahzzar TechCrunch -...


Episode #2: Rethinking the Think Tank with Roger Martin and Politico's Susan Glasser

On the second episode of Shiftdisturbers we’re talking about how to rethink the think tank. There is a growing consensus that the traditional work of think tanks – identifying and studying a topic before making policy recommendations to government - is no longer effective in its current form. If that if the model is to continue, we’re going to need to drastically alter the research and communication strategies that have drive think tanks in the twenty-first century. In this episode You’ll...


Richard Florida talks Venture Capital Invesment

Richard Florida talks about venture capital investment in the United States and across the globe as part of the Martin Prosperity Institute's ongoing Startup City series of reports.


Episode #1: Adam Grant and Non-Comformity

In the inaugural episode of shiftdisturbers: the MPI podcast, our host Ian Gormely talks to MPI Fellow, Adam Grant, MPI Director of the Cities team, Richard Florida, and radio host on Vibe 105.5, Alex Centorame. We discuss what makes an Original, and how non-conformity can help stoke creativity, and what this means for the workplace. Intro and Outro - "Steppin'" by Wake