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What is a Grand Challenge?

Download this excerpt from my forthcoming book, Grand Challenge, How Leaders Turn the World’s Biggest Challenges into Extraordinary Opportunities. The term grand challenge has dual meanings; it can be used to refer to an intractable, systemic social problem, as well as to any bold, multidisciplinary, systems-oriented initiative developed to tackle such a large-scale concern. Einstein …

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Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) strives to bring the best possible health and health care to everyone. To achieve their mission, IHI partners with visionaries, leaders and front-line practitioners around the globe to spark bold innovation in the realm of healthcare. The organization provides a database of free content and creates opportunities for knowledge, collaboration …

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Don Berwick

Donald Berwick is President Emeritus and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). One of the Grand Challenge initiatives Don and the IHI have spearheaded is the 5 Million Lives Campaign, which aims to support the improvement of medical care in the United States. Don conveys the powerful impact of the 5 Million Lives …

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XPRIZE

An XPRIZE is “an innovation engine”, awarding large prizes for grand challenges that spur tremendous change. An XPRIZE captures imagination and inspires others to undertake audacious goals that spur positive change. Dr. Peter Diamandis leads the X Prize Foundation. Here’s a list of past prizes (as of this writing): Ansari XPRIZE for Suborbital Spaceflight Progressive Insurance …

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Peter H. Diamandis

Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an international pioneer in the fields of innovation, incentive competitions and commercial space. In 2014 he was named one of “The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” – by Fortune Magazine.  Dr. Diamandis is Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation set up to bring about exponential change by incentivizing Grand Challenges …

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Christina Economos

Christina Economos is a researcher and activist. She led the research in 2001 that documented 10 key attributes of a national movement (documented in this paper). Her city-wide intervention, Shape Up Somerville, was studied as a key success and helped form the Collective Impact model. Today she directs ChildObesity180, with a mission to reverse the …

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Barbara Byrd Keenan, Grand Challenger

“The world’s biggest problems are the world’s biggest business opportunities.” – Peter Diamandis In 2013, I worked with Barbara Byrd Keenan while she was CEO of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). These are the researchers and scientists who create astronaut food, designer desserts like Twinkies, and who make sure your cabbage isn’t crawling with …

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