Alice Mann’s latest book, Future First: How Successful Leaders Turn Innovation Challenges into New Value Frontiers is an important read for any business leader or entrepreneur who wishes to embrace global challenges as innovation opportunities. Like the EO members who are making an #EOImpact in their support of United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Alice believes that business leaders are in a position to solve the greatest problems facing our world today: climate change, resource scarcity and social dynamism.
Why did you write this book?
My professional background is a combination of tech innovation, big banking, social science research, and organizational design consulting. Then a disaster struck and really catalyzed the idea of the book.
By 2012, I had moved out to the suburbs, I had twins and a baby daughter, and I was still consulting. Then Superstorm Sandy came along and thrashed the east coast, including New York. It damaged or destroyed over half a million homes, killed more than 200 people, and caused tens of billions of dollars worth of damage.