#5 Innovative Change


The TED Talk “How Great Leaders Inspire Action” by Simon Sinek, had interesting points that made me reevaluate my values concerning leadership. Sinek says that “Whether they’re individuals or organizations, we follow those who lead, not because we have to, but because we want to. We follow those who lead, not for them, but for ourselves. And it’s those who start with “why” that have the ability to inspire those around them or find others who inspire them.” Sinek brings up a great point about why we follow someone and what makes them able to inspire others. Upon my research about innovative change, I read about many programs and articles about connecting business opportunities with leadership and how that looks. This organization offers free notes and guidelines on how to incorporate innovation with businesses, which I think can be useful information about Sinek’s point about leadership. How can someone follow a leader in charge of an organization without any knowledge about how to incorporate innovation into it.

If I continue to research and develop my project considering the WHY, HOW, and WHAT model pitch style from Sinek, I would explain to others that everyone deserves equal opportunities when it comes to online information. It isn’t an issue many are talking about right now, but I believe it should be questioned and answered:  Are rural homes at a disadvantage online than other homes? What does a solution look like? What if families don’t want to be connected to the online world? I know some families have personal values where they do not want any part of technology which is fine. My plan is not to force everyone to have better broadband connection–I want people to be aware of the problems they might have with online health, business opportunities, and education because this is where the world is going, and I don’t think rural communities should lag behind.






3 Responses to “#5 Innovative Change

  • This is great, James!

    I really enjoyed the thought that went into this. Just out of curiosity, will you be sticking with this topic of equal access to internet? I think you have a great base of information for the topic.

    As you move forward, ask yourself: Am I staying true to what interests me? Make sure that you are really diving into the hard questions of your topic, and not just skimming the surface.

    You’re doing great work, keep it up.


  • Hi James,

    It was great getting to talk with you “in person” during last weekend’s Hangout! Great job of trouble-shooting your tech challenges and not giving up.

    In reading over your post, I was a bit confused by what you meant about “connecting business opportunities with leadership,” and what organization’s notes/guidelines you were referring to? Was there a specific idea about incorporating innovation with business that felt relevant to your project?

    As someone who intentionally lives off-grid with no internet, I appreciate that you acknowledge that everyone doesn’t necessarily want to have high-speed internet. I think you’re right to focus your project on exploring the obstacles for those who do seek it. Like I mentioned during the hangout, I think it would be interesting to consider the government/policy level of how to provide access in rural communities where the cost to individual families is prohibitive. Sinek’s idea that people follow a leader out of self-interest – because of wanting to be a certain type of person — really struck me too. On my way home tonight, I was listening to a story on VPR about the unveiling of a monument at the statehouse celebrating Vermont’s history as one of the first places to legalize gay civil unions. It’s interesting to think about what kind of place Vermont prides itself on being. I wonder whether Vermont wants to be perceived as a place on the cutting edge of digital business/innovation/education. And, if so, would it be open to legislation to help fund high-speed internet access for rural communities?

    Hope you have time to get out and enjoy the fall foliage this week! It must be lovely up there in Ripton this time of year.

    – F

  • Hi James,

    Great work! I loved reading about how you really intellectualized Simon Sinek’s Ted talk and stepped back to explore what effective leadership in general entails, along with how you can apply it to your own work.

    I look forwards to seeing your pitch video!


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