Author Archive | Nilofer Merchant

Jill Vialet CEO Playworks

What Good is Play at Work?

When Jill Vialet — a social entrepreneur and founder of Playworks – talks to me about play, I usually scoff. Not because I don’t believe in her mission – which provides recess resources for largely underprivileged schools – I do. The program was so successful that it received a $20M grant by the Robert Wood Johnson  More

Thinkers50 Future Thinker Award 2013

And The Winner is…..

As the envelope was being ripped into, I was staring at the table linen and preparing to applaud one of the others who had been short-listed for the Thinkers50 Award for “Future Thinker”. But then they called out, “Nilofer Merchant”. A friend across the table said that my eyes shot straight up in praise and  More

Nilofer Merchant Platform 2013

On Being Seen

Now I share this talk and the personally-awkward story within it because I think it points to a real truth about where new ideas come from. The Answer is You. Only You. But, more to the point, The Seen You.   It was filmed at Platform. A wealth of talent (including funny man Baratunde Thurston,  More

Marissa Mayer and Pattie Sellers at Fortune MPW 2013 event

What Fortune’s Most Power Women Have to Say On Culture

Last week, Fortune held a “Most Powerful Women” MPW summit with about 400 people in attendance. Going to a conference like this is such a privilege because you get a chance to hear leaders across industries and interests think aloud. 3 takes on how leaders create cultures of innovation that I found worthy of note:  More

Yes AND Know

It’s Alive

A while ago, my website kept failing. The song “london bridge is falling down, falling down, falling down” used to play in my head. Some of you have sent late-night emails saying you were surprised to learn about one thing or another on the webosphere, but not here, because I wasn’t organizing things well …  More

Wonder_Marie Cameron

Unanswered Questions to Ponder

The front yard roses may still bloom but, these days, they are covered in frost.  Summer bloomed with such intensity that I was sure loads would get crossed-off the list. Now, as we’re approach mid-October, projects started in May are just now coming to fruition. I think each has been worth the wait. But I’ll  More