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
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!

About the author

Anya Kamenetz is the author of Generation Debt (Riverhead, 2006) and DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, (Chelsea Green, 2010). Her 2011 ebook The Edupunks’ Guide was funded by the Gates Foundation