Surviving Life in Beta-Plus, Rename a Fast Company Column!


This month inaugurates a new Fast Company column. The Big Idea is that it'll be about change and innovation, both the kind we initiate from within and the kind from without that we must adapt to. This is a little bit Ethonomics-y and a little bit Leadership-y, informed by science and current research, and more personal than a lot of stuff that goes into the magazine. I'll be looking at questions like:

  • When does preparing for the worst become planning to fail?
  • How do you reinvent yourself gracefully?
  • How do we deal with global threats to our economy, environment, and our way of life without being paralyzed?
  • Who are the key people and relationships that help us weather change?
  • How can technology become a friend instead of an enemy?

I'd really love this column to be a conversation so that it can be as useful as possible for our readers. So I'll be blogging regularly with questions for you, and highlighting the best responses from contributors. 

Question # 1:What are the people, books, websites and other resources that you find most helpful in thinking about change and innovation?

Question # 2:  Life in Beta, fittingly, is just the working title of this column. Here's a bunch of other suggestions. Do you like one of them better? Or do you have a suggestion?
Theories of Change. (a term used by nonprofits and philanthropists to describe how they think their mission is going to fix the problem in question)
Change Theory
The Little Bang Theory
The New Good
The Next New Thing
The Next Best Idea
Constant Change
Change Constants
Brave New Worlds
Extropy
De Novo
Beginning Again
Ringing the Changes
Changing the Lights
Flux Capacity
Open Everything
Leave your answer in the comments, and thanks for coming along!

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2 Comments

  • karah

    May I suggest "Calculated Boldness." Strategic certainty that liberates creative thinking. It's our creative planning mantra at Draftfcb.

  • Michael Feldstein

    I think the current name isn't bad, although you might consider modifying it slightly to "Life as Beta." Here are a few other ideas:

    The Visible Hand
    The Greater Goods
    Added Values
    Change Managers
    Flexagility
    Good, Better, Next
    Crash and Learn
    WeBoot
    Potential Energy