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Wherever you are in the world, you are surrounded by dreams that came true. We live in built environments, using man-made tools, and communicate in languages of our own design. Someone devised the relationships you use — romantic, organizational,…
Wherever you are in the world, you are surrounded by dreams that came true. We live in built environments, using man-made tools, and communicate in languages of our own design. Someone devised the …
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Google just announced they are giving away Nik, a set of Photoshop plug-ins that used to cost $500. In November 2015, they open sourced the code for Tensorflow, their machine learning system [AI]. Of course, they already provide a giant list of products…
Google just announced they are giving away Nik, a set of Photoshop plug-ins that used to cost $500. In November 2015, they open sourced the code for Tensorflow, their machine learning system [AI]. …
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I’ve made up a new law called The Rule of Splintering. If psychologists and economists can do it, anyone else has the same power. Ready? The Rule of Splintering: every idea fractures into variations, and each variation has a trajectory and lifespan…
I’ve made up a new law called The Rule of Splintering. If psychologists and economists can do it, anyone else has the same power. Ready? The Rule of Splintering: every idea fractures into variation...
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If you’re new to the “intersection of ideas,” Cure Violence is an excellent demonstration of intersection in action. Dr. Gary Slutkin was an expert in infectious disease… who was asked to help address gang violence in Chicago. How could he help? He had no…
If you’re new to the “intersection of ideas,” Cure Violence is an excellent demonstration of intersection in action. Dr. Gary Slutkin was an expert in infectious disease… who was asked to help addr...
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Coming up in two weeks: Powerful Speaking for the #Sales Professional http://briansmith.biz/powerful-speaking-for-the-sales-professional/#Omaha Register now to guarantee a seat.
Few professionals speak well. They make a slide show the night before a talk, stumble through their material, and leave the audience feeling uninspired and unsure of what to do next. You have seen …
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Twenty-five years after design thinking was applied to commercial purposes by IDEO’s founder David Kelley, the concept seems to have landed in the mainstream business community. [If you have been encouraged to “think outside the box,” you’ve been exposed…
Twenty-five years after design thinking was applied to commercial purposes by IDEO’s founder David Kelley, the concept seems to have landed in the mainstream business community. [If you have been e…
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My city, Omaha, was founded in 1854. As I sat downtown, I started thinking historically. What makes people establish new towns? Why do people agree to start a new place? And when does that urge change? In 1854, the US was in a boom cycle, fueled by steel,…
My city, Omaha, was founded in 1854. As I sat downtown, I started thinking historically. What makes people establish new towns? Why do people agree to start a new place? And when does that urge cha...
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You will hear it again soon: CEO resigns after something critical surfaces. It happens all the time. Volkswagen chief executive Martin Winterkorn resigned less than a week after the 2015 diesel emissions scandal. Gregg Steinhafel resigned as CEO of Target…
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I knew my first career as a banker was over one evening when I caught myself daydreaming about re-strategizing television ad campaigns. The creative method of putting yourself in charge of something reveals information about how you see the world, shows…
I knew my first career as a banker was over one evening when I caught myself daydreaming about re-strategizing television ad campaigns. The creative method of putting yourself in charge of somethin...
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Do you make an annual plan for yourself, your organization, or the department? Planning reveals a lot about how we view ourselves and guide our opportunities. I see planning as time to imagine a new future. Has it always worked well for me? Ha! Luckily, I…
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  • Brian Smith
    Strategist + Marketing Consultant, 2007 - present
    I operate as direct consultant to private businesses and as contractor for creative agencies. For direct clients, I develop and implement marketing strategies, sales programs, and change management programs. Direct clients have included Broadway Across America, Substance Abuse Training Initiative at University of Nebraska, private software developer, brewpub restaurant, and public speakers. As a contractor, I lead a full range of sales, project management, account management, quality assurance, and testing activities as a contractor for creative agencies. I manage external relationships as an account manager and internal employees as project manager. End clients have included NCAA Division I athletics department, events division of $17B financial institution, and regional retailer with 91 locations. Agency relationships have included The New BLK and Bozell.
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Progressive strategist with experience leading internal and external teams in marketing and branding, website development, change initiatives, and complex events from concept to delivery. Utilize skills in communication, sales, analysis, and synthesis to advance organizations and connect people to movements. Active in global TED community. Expert in curiosity.


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TEDActive 2012 -, 2015
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    English, 1994 - 1997
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