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Billie Carn

Crazy Girl Founder & CEO [Crazy Energetic One] at thecrazyones.org

I believe in the crazy ones of today and every kid who gets told 'Why can't you be like everyone else?' Because they're the crazy ones of tomorrow. I believe in challenging the status quo in business and life, because thinking different is what pushes humanity forward and finds solutions to the world's wickedest challenges.

Using my research knowledge, experience and mindset I inspire companies and individuals to challenge their own status quo. My mission is to inspire craziness in the sane world - life and business.

For the last 3 years I've been exploring What, How and Why do Mavericks operate the way they do in business? I've Interviewed 97 global different thinkers [to date]; artists to chocolatiers, venture capitalists to DJ’s, technologists to philanthropists who laugh in the face of the status quo - well it became one of the biggest adventures of my life.

I'm a crazy, energetic, fun, adventurous, brave, inspiring, emotionally intelligent go getter and innovator who believes that everything is possible and is happy to fail big time in the process of striving for this; as long as I'm learning along the way. I use an obtuse polymath approach to solution finding.

Driver - To build a Children’s Foundation [natural progression for a child health lecturer turned entrepreneur].

“Crazy is believing you can learn from 100 Crazy Ones [aka Business Mavericks], then create a movement/business that helps to solve the world’s wicked problems.”

How to Live After You Die -- Remembering Steve Jobs.

"What inspires us most are ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. We appreciate when someone has the ability and willingness to be selfless, creative, innovative, or just dares to be diff...
06/18/2015 05:59 EDT

Creating New Cultures of Innovation

"Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory c...
10/15/2014 12:29 EDT

Learning from Leaders

The Beedie School of Business, aspires to create and communicate powerful ideas in order to educate and inspire the founders, leaders, and managers of organizations that are internationally competitiv...
12/03/2013 12:47 EST

Innovation and the Future of Retail

The Company of Young Professionals (CYP) is a leadership development program of The Vancouver Board of Trade, which connects emerging young professionals in the Greater Vancouver area. CYP members are...
09/08/2013 03:38 EDT

Martin Luther Had a Dream -- Not a Plan

Fifty years ago today Martin Luther King said these powerful words: "I have a dream." Strangely enough he most definitely did not say "I have a plan." Language sends a powerful message. Yet somehow in...
08/28/2013 11:26 EDT
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Vancouver Creatives Need More Play for Young and Old Alike

Creativity is the design of novel and useful products. Exploring the world through creative and innovative lenses results in solutions to challenges. Stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing play is essential. It's what creativity goes with and cities need to be more playful to keep talented creative people: which is why Emily Smith started the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire.
06/11/2013 12:33 EDT