Brigadoon Remote 2019 | Scotland

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Brigadoon is organizing its first remote gathering of entrepreneurs and thought leaders at Carphin House in Fife, Scotland this fall.

Carphin House is a country mansion situated on 15 acres of stunning Scottish countryside near to St. Andrews.

The house is a natural blend of historic tradition and modern comfort. The house offers ensuite bedrooms, a country farm kitchen, a sitting and sunroom, plus a beautifully furnished dining room.

There is plenty of space to get lost in and explore, but at the same time enjoy roaring fireplaces and cozy couches perfect for strategic thinking or engaging conversations.

With cows lowing in the distance and nothing but blue sky and countryside, Carphin House is the perfect place to work remotely.

Think of four days where you can work remotely in a country estate, spend the day as you want, work on your book, strategize, think, read, whiteboard, check-out, or go for a hike.

End each day with private chef prepared dinners with fellow participants where the topic of conversation is business development and entrepreneurship.

Quick Details

- November 11-15, 2019

- One hour outside of Edinburgh, Scotland

- RT shuttle service from Edinburgh Waverley railway station

- Three meals and wine, cocktails, coffee, teas, snacks included

- One off-site whiskey tour + dinner in St. Andrews

- Private ensuite bedrooms

- Limited to 7 participants

In search of an edge, elite basketball prospects are repeating a grade — in middle school

"Reclassing has become prominent in the hypercompetitive DC-area basketball scene, with some estimating that half of all Division I-bound men’s basketball players reclassed in middle school or younger. Of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference’s eight first-team players this past season, five — all of whom are projected to play for major college basketball programs — have reclassed."

Read the full article from the Washington Post - here.

The power of the edge


"I want to stay as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you will see all kinds of things you can't see from the center." -- Kurt Vonnegut

For humans who love speed, racing down a ski hill with the ability to execute a true carve is one of a life’s most enjoyable activities. Ripping down a slope on the edges of your skis isn’t just for show, you’ll be able to go faster while staying in control.

True edge-to-edge turning allows a skier to put their ski on the edges just enough that when they start turning the skis will cut into the snow and not slide or drift.

Few have ridden on the edge better than Lindsey Vonn. She is the greatest American skier — and it's not even close. Her world-class ability allows her to find paths down a hill that balance the pull of the fall line against the gates she has to clear at excessive speed.

Vonn's style requires riding on the ragged edge between speed and madness. Nathaniel Vinton, the author of a book about the US ski team’s rise to dominance entitled “The Fall Line,” writes: “Only the best racers have the strength and self-control to cut inside [the paths of other competitors] and go even straighter, even faster, and even closer to the fall line and all its promise of glory and destruction.”

Glory and destruction. Out on the edge without going over.

Lewis Hamilton, the British Formula One driver for Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, is a five-time F1 World Champion and currently leads the standings. Hamilton is considered the best driver of his generation and widely regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of the sport.

So how does a driver win five times when all other drivers and teams operate under the same F1 regulations? The word "formula" in the F1 name refers to the set of rules all participants' cars must conform. F1 cars are the fastest and most regulated road-course racing cars in the world. Appropriately operated, the vehicles ensure high cornering speeds by the generation of large amounts of aerodynamic downforce. Without this downforce, the cars would literally fly away. An F1 driver is looking for speed while ensuring enough traction to stay on the ground.

Hamilton is one of the most complete drivers on the global grand prix circuit. Hamilton can adapt to various car set-ups and changing track conditions like few others. Plus, he typically uses less fuel than his teammates meaning less weight thus increasing his ability to carry momentum through corners despite instability in the car.

Handling the corners at speed is essential for championships, so the real edge that Lewis has is his sensitivity and managing aerodynamic downforce. His smooth touch means that he can operate his car closer to the edge of traction without losing control and pace throughout the corners. Few drivers can perform with so much deft and carry fast cornering speeds.

Championships and instability. Out on the edge without going over.

Being on the edge is not limited to athletic pursuits; operating on the edge is where great ideas percolate. Great ideas come from the edge of our thinking, our mind, and our experiences.

Kevin Roberts, former CEO of Saatchi & Saatchi and author of "Lovemarks - The Future Beyond Brands," writes: "When species change, it almost always occurs first at the fringes. Here the population is most sparse and our orthodoxies of the center are weakest. Here you can flourish isolated from formula and rules, free from the corrosive belief that everything great has already been done."

One company not believing that everything great has occurred is IDEO. Per their website, this global design and consulting firm, founded in Palo Alto, California, creates "positive impact through design." From designing the first manufacturable mouse for Apple to advancing the practice of human-centered design, IDEO is at the forefront of creating change through design.

IDEO creates change through design by a practice called "empathy on the edge." This human-centered approach seeks those who live on the edge. In their fieldwork, the company looks for diverse people and situations to promote empathy, which they internally refer to as “extremes.”

These mostly ordinary people with extreme points of view—owing to their personality, circumstances, or culture—provide a broad range of experiences and well-developed perspectives that would be harder to identify if they looked at a random sample of individuals representing a range of the target demographics.

“The future is already here; it’s just not evenly distributed,” as science-fiction novelist William Gibson is said to have observed. To innovate, IDEO believes we need to understand the intriguing, exciting, and

lesser-known fringes of society, where the future is already at play.

Why? Because as Mika Pantzar suggests the extremes prompt us to discover new meanings and interpretations for old things which can help us determine how best to incorporate the latest technologies and use practices into our work.

The power of the edge is undeniable.

Embracing the edge is about freedom, interesting people, and championships.

Out on the edge without going over. Find it.


Marc A. Ross is the founder of Brigadoon and specializes in global communications for leaders working at the intersection of globalization, disruption, and politics.

Brigadoon's value = Engagement

Recorded Pinehaven House at Sundance Mountain Resort, Dr. Mark Stellingworth speaks with Nate Green during Brigadoon Sundance 2019.

Nate is a 2x Brigadoon Sundance participant and 1x whiteboard session speaker. During the episode, Nate discusses why he attends Brigadoon Sundance, the value its brings him and his favorite Brigadoon moment.

Nate is is a Partner and Director of Economic Development for the Montrose Group in Columbus, Ohio, an economic development consulting firm. Nate has over 19 years of economic development experience and provides site selection, strategic planning, public finance and incentives, and financial advisory services to communities, companies, developers, port authorities, and organizations.

Brigadoon = Who is this for?


You are curious.

You can check your ego.

You want to make things.

You could be a thought leader.

You could be a senior executive.

You seek knowledge from others.

You could be thinking what is next.

You could be running your own business

You could be leading a public policy campaign.

You could be seeking some new tools to help you.

You just want to learn how to get better at being you.

You have said ‘when the time is right’ too many times.

You could have a great career but have a yearning to do something else.

Our first instinct is far too often wrong

"In exams, as in life, we should be willing to rethink.

"We are prone to cling tightly to the devil we know. The likely explanation is that we are seeking to minimise regret. Forget the old cliché about regretting the things you didn’t do more than the things you did: we regret misfiring action more than misfiring inaction. We starkly remember the times we changed things for the worse, and we more easily forget the times when we failed to change things for the better."

Read the full post - here.

Archie + Stern + Milan + Cannes + Star Wars + Robocars + Stoner

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Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

"All I'm thinking is, 'I'm going to die'": Howard Stern reveals cancer scare, Trump regrets, and details of a dishy new book: After a health crisis that had him "scared  s—less," the $90 million-a-year radio legend opens up about retirement, the one time he lied to his listeners and his metamorphosis from shock jock to insightful interviewer: "I'd feel really f—ing s—ty if I hadn't evolved."

Howard Stern says he’s changed. How much? Howard Stern, 65, will forever loom large as radio’s bawdiest personality. Since moving to satellite in 2005 he has altered his legacy in unexpected ways.

36 hours in Milan: Italy’s capital of fashion and design is expanding its horizons as new cultural projects open in former industrial zones.

Netflix v Cannes: Inside the battle for the future of cinema: An ongoing dispute between the film festival and the streaming giant could forever reshape the movie business.

Many French cinema owners, who are putting pressure on Cannes to resist Netflix et al, see the streamers’ disruptive attitude as an incursion into their territory. 

After hyping a $1-billion Star Wars land, how does Disney get visitors to leave?

China's robocars are being lapped by their US competitors: Bloomberg reports, China is getting a late start in the burgeoning field, considering California has allowed public-road testing since at least September 2014. That’s enabling US developers to lap their China counterparts, with Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo LLC logging millions of cumulative test miles in that state alone. But China’s chaotic traffic has the potential to boost the self-driving industry’s capabilities beyond those of the US. “The US is ahead right now,’’ said Bill Russo, chief executive officer of Shanghai-based consultancy Automobility Ltd. “But China will soon make significant strides, and I am fully confident that by 2030 it will be a different game.’’

Making connections with the new digital consumer: To thrive in a world of apps, platforms, and privacy concerns, marketers have to become multitaskers.

"According to PwC’s Global Entertainment & Media Outlook, digital advertising is growing at a rate that is twice that of all advertising, and of the overall entertainment and media sector."

The stoner as gym rat: Many people who frequently use cannabis also seem to be people who frequently exercise.