Monthly Archive for October, 2011

Be Unreasonable

George Bernard Shaw once said, “the reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man [and woman].”

One of the many places that string of words can be found is on the “We Believe” page of the Unreasonable Institute. Only a few years old and based in Colorado, the Institute brings together 25 entrepreneurs from around the world each year to connect around how to be better at what they do. Last year three of the entrepreneurs were winners of the IDEAS Competition in years past: Jamie Yang with EGG Energy, Saba Gul with Bliss, and Scot Frank with One Earth Designs.

As the deadline, November 10, to enter this year draws close, a few folks have been asking whether to enter. Here are two points to help as you make that decision:

1. Saba Gul wrote a raving review over on her blog. It starts with:

Imagine being put in a house for 6 weeks with 26 people whose ideas, experiences and passion will blow your mind and force you to think about the world in a radically different way.

I’m talking former child soldiers from Liberia who went on to form organizations that rehabilitate other former child soldiers. I’m talking entrepreneurs from Uganda who put on their first pairs of shoes at age 13. I’m talking 25 year olds who had already lifted over a thousand local producers out of poverty in Brazil. I’m talking recycling businesses that had generated over $1M in revenue in 18 months, and life-saving medical devices that had been recognized by the World Health Organization. I’m talking entrepreneurs who grew up in the slums of India and are now running the biggest bike-sharing system in the country. The first few days were spent being inspired by something new every single hour.

What a group, I thought to myself. How had they selected these people? What could we not accomplish together if we put our minds to it? Keep reading…

2. The New York Times wrote up a piece last weekend (which mentioned Jamie Yang) on one of the entrepreneurs. Here’s the link.

Good luck to everyone entering this year!