As an innovation junkie, I attended the World Domination Summit this past weekend. And as I watched and live-tweeted the sessions, one thought kept coming into my mind: If large enterprises that rely on innovators, like IT organizations, don't get their act together, there's going to be a massive brain drain, and we're all going to be in trouble.
Why do I say that? Well, World Domination Summit (WDS) is an unconference, a not-for-profit gathering of perhaps the most creative, motivated, and intelligent people that I've ever met. One attendee tweeted to me that she built more QUALITY connections there than at any so-called "professional" conference she's ever been to. And this is true for me as well. One example: I met a brilliant, highly-placed, yet discontent woman who works for one of the largest media and entertainment companies in the world. Then, she told me, "my bosses don't know I'm here," and proceeded to hand me her business card for her "side hustle," something that she's doing on the side that she'd much rather be doing, mostly because corporate life is a hassle.