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Steal Like Picasso: How Outside Inspiration Can Fuel True Innovation
Picasso’s apocryphal line, “Good artists borrow, great artists steal,” can apply to any industry, not just art—and it can create real innovation, not just derivative knock-offs, if done correctly.
Here’s the story.

Steal Like Picasso: How Outside Inspiration Can Fuel True Innovation

Picasso’s apocryphal line, “Good artists borrow, great artists steal,” can apply to any industry, not just art—and it can create real innovation, not just derivative knock-offs, if done correctly.

Here’s the story.

Have you written a manifesto yet? You should. It’s a powerful tool for helping you make decisions about your business, and life. It’s guided the product choices made by Mike and Dave Radparvar founders of the lifestyle goods shopping site Holstee. They moved from T-shirts to 100% recycled wallets to a backpack—a new product which they announce in this episode of Change Generation.

Learn more about the Change Generation.

Do you take the same old vacations every year? Wanderfly is a new travel inspiration site that helps you discover and plan trips to places you’ve never heard of but would love.

In this video interview, Cofounder and Director of Marketing at Wanderfly, Christy Liu breaks down her overall vision for the future of travel planning.

Check out our "Who’s Next" series for more profiles of the new big thinkers.

EPIC Comment of the Day From An Army Tactical Intelligence Officer

In response to our story on the new video game project, MMOWGLI from the U.S. Navy.

Neal, great article on MMOWGLI. Fascinating. As a partially disabled Army tactical intelligence officer (parachuting accident) who was a paratrooper and Special Forces qualified and served with both infantry and Special Forces units on active duty, I applaud FAST COMPANY for digging in deeply to report on such interesting topics. Thank you so much for writing such a
thought provoking piece. If FAST COMPANY has not done so, you might want to check out what the U.S. Army is doing with “Mirror Imaging”, you might find it equally interesting.

I can assure you that were no Rambos in my SF Group. We were cerebral, highly educated, highly motivated and well trained professionals who loved our nation and all of our fellow countrymen and, for that matter, all innocent people everywhere. I saw a lot of Third World heartache during my intelligence / SF tour in Latin America and got my greatest reward in life by laying my rifle and pistol aside and coordinating medical care and feeding for starving, sick children and their desperate families. Their own governments would have let the starve or shot them down in a heartbeat. Probably Option B. Whew.

I would ask your company to consider checking out www.woundedwarrior.org and deducing the worthiness of that charity. It’s a remarkable one. As an Army veteran with a dysfunctional right arm and right leg, I believe in WWP’s cause wholeheartedly.

Best wishes to you and to all of your colleagues at FC, a fantastic read online, I may just have to go for the print edition, too!

P.S. Chaos creates more customers who need help. Help them, and they’re yours for life. Turmoil is terrific, because terrified customers need to be reassured that help is just an email, phone call or text message away. Unterrify them, and they’re yours for life. Hard times bring out the best in decent and good people who find multiple ways to extend helping hands to those in need of advice and counsel. FAST COMPANY is always jam packed with
thought provoking material. It would be fantastic if your FC brain trust could think about multiple ways to advise your readers how to keep calm and focused and to thrive during times of economic, political and social chaos and turmoil instead of being afraid or paralyzed by such events. It’s really, really easy to look at the massive, unprecedented changes rocking the entire Middle East and wonder in anxiety, “What’s next?” or “What’s
going to happen to my ‘fast company’ next year?”

Sincerely yours,
Christopher Ferris
Chief Creative Officer
Gross Generation Group