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Google’s Director of New Projects speaks to Singularity University’s student teams on creating a culture of innovation, and how “common sense” is often at odds with creating this culture.

Simon Sinek presents a simple but powerful model for how leaders inspire action, starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” His examples include Apple, Martin Luther King, and the Wright brothers — and as a counterpoint Tivo, which (until a recent court victory that tripled its stock price) appeared to be struggling.

In 2009, Simon Sinek released the book “Start With Why” — a synopsis of the theory he has begun using to teach others how to become effective leaders and inspire change.

Singularity University co-founder Peter Diamandis, faculty and staff introduce the aims and mission of the university. The video features students from the current Graduate Student Program 2011.

The students featured come from the following countries, in order of appearance from 1:28: Sweden, Colombia, Kenya, Brazil, USA, South Korea, UK, Palestine, Malaysia, Canada, Chile, USA, USA.

Why am I so optimistic? Because of the wide assortment of technologies that are advancing at exponential rates and converging. They are enabling small teams to do what was once only possible for governments and large corporations. These exponential technologies will help us solve many of humanity’s grand challenges, including energy, education, water, food, and health.

Let me give you a taste of what lies ahead..

Simply epic read by Vivek Wadhwa – Vice President of Academics and Innovation at Singularity University

A great article with a great guy. I can only learn and try to be so cool, when i grow up :> If you haven’t yet read his new book (Abundance: the future is better than you think) do it already.

“Diamandis: I have the general philosophy of creating the future you want to see. Years ago I first saw a poster of Murphy’s law: If anything can go wrong, it will. That’s ridiculous. So I wrote a set of alternatives. I call them Peter’s laws: If anything can go wrong, fix it. “No” means begin again one level higher. Do it by the book, but be the author.”

Throughout his three-decade career here at the University of Waterloo, Larry Smith has inspired legions of students to take up the mantle of economics with his passionate and homespun tales of economic wizardry. A renowned story-teller, teacher and youth leadership champion, Larry has also coached and mentored countless numbers of students on start-up business management and career development strategies.

Having taught introductory microeconomics, macroeconomics and entrepreneurship classes, he recently celebrated assigning his 29,000th grade earlier this year.

Recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award, Larry has also coached several of his former students to help them position and develop their businesses, the most famous of which is Research in Motion (RIM), maker of the revolutionary BlackBerry wireless mobile smartphone. Larry also sits on the advisory panels of start-ups to provide his guidance on financing and negotiation with investors and venture capitalists.

Marthin De Beer, Senior Vice President, Emerging Technologies Group at Cisco, speaks about his process for going from idea to billion dollar business. Filmed during the 2009 Graduate Summer Program at Singularity University.

David S. Rose, Track Chair for Finance and Entrepreneurship at Singularity University, and Chairman of the New York Angels investment association, discusses the essence of entrepreneurship. Filmed at the Graduate Studies Program 2011, NASA Ames, California. Follow David on Twitter here: @davidsrose, and Singularity University here: @singularityu