Podcast #229 // Nilofer Merchant on The Power of Onlyness

Imagine how different the world, the economy, even individual companies could be if every idea could have its shot—not just the ones that come from the usual people and places. Innovation expert and top ranked business thinker Nilofer Merchant shows how any individual can advance social change or revolutionary business ideas, regardless of their status, job title, or qualifications, in THE POWER OF ONLYNESS: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World.

If you’re like most people, you wish you had the ability to make a difference, but you don’t have the credentials, or a seat at the table, can’t get past the gatekeepers, and aren’t high enough in any hierarchy to get your ideas heard.

In THE POWER OF ONLYNESS, Merchant reveals that, in fact, we have now reached an unprecedented moment of opportunity for your ideas to “make a dent” on the world. Now that the Internet has liberated ideas to spread through networks instead of hierarchies, power is no longer determined by your status, but by “onlyness”—that spot in the world only you stand in, a function of your distinct history and experiences, visions and hopes. Merchant makes a powerful argument for why the functionality of society will depend on how well we develop systems to better support the purpose and passions of all people.

This powerful and uplifting conversation left me inspired to take on new ideas and celebrate onlyness.

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