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News from the Brigadoon community

Long-time Brigadoon supporter, speaker, and attend Perry Smith has a new project.

Minute Man Restaurant of El Dorado, Arkansas, soley owned and operated by Ms. Linda McGoogan, has partnered with Matchbox Food Group founder and Arkansas native Perry J. Smith to revive this legendary brand.

Minute Man was a pioneering fast-casual restaurant founded in Little Rock by entrepreneur Wesley (Wes) Hall in 1948. The original Minute Man location opened at 407 Broadway on May 26, 1948. At the height of its operations, the company had 57 company-owned and franchised locations throughout Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana.

Perry J. Smith is an Arkansas native and career restaurateur and states that he has been a huge fan of Minute Man since he was a child. "My earliest restaurant experience was at a Minute Man on Cantrell Road in Little Rock. I think I was about 7 years old. McDonald's had opened down the street and all the kids were pestering their parents to take them for hamburgers. My dad said 'No, but I'm going to take you to an Arkansas restaurant to get a real charcoal grilled hamburger and fries. I was hooked."

You can read more here.

Brigadoon announces speaker line-up for 2019 event in Utah

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 14, 2019

Contact: Marc Ross | marc@thebrigadoon.com

Brigadoon announces speaker line-up for 2019 event in Utah

“the goal of Brigadoon is for all participants to leave the gathering more informed on emerging issues shaping commerce and culture and more energized from spending time in the Wasatch mountains."

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, January 14, 2019: Brigadoon Sundance 2019, will take place on February 24-26 at Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah.

The independently organized event will feature subject matter experts from a cross-section of disciplines, backgrounds, and sectors.

"Brigadoon harnesses the business of expertise and fosters conversations with specialists in their fields who lead sessions that are intimate, low tech, powerpoint free, and engage all participants," said Marc Ross, founder of Brigadoon. “The gathering is designed to transformational, not transactional. The goal of Brigadoon is for all participants to leave the gathering more informed on emerging issues shaping commerce and culture and more energized from spending time in the Wasatch mountains."

Brigadoon Sundance 2019 with will be the seventh gathering organized in Utah and will feature the following speakers:

Kelsey Durkin | Writer + Comedian @ KeepOn

Brook Hazelton | President, Americas @ Christie’s

Tanya Meck | Partner and Managing Director @ Global Strategy Group, LLC

Dan Owen | Vice President - Head of Industry Sales @ The Weather Channel - IBM

Jason Prall | Co-Founder @ The Human Longevity Project

Michael Rivera | Executive Director, Founder Central at USC - Marshall School of Business

Jessica Stone | White House Correspondent @ CGTN America

Deloris Wilson | Inclusive Innovation Fellow @ Institute for Technology Law and Policy @ Georgetown Law + Founder + Lead Strategist @ AXL

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About:

Launched in 2013, Brigadoon is the global community where creative, curious, and compelling entrepreneurs and thought leaders gather to discuss emerging issues shaping commerce and culture.

Brigadoon is an opt-in, word of mouth community of leaders looking to learn from others to create a network of leaders committed to public service, solving problems, and building businesses.

From salon dinners to excursions, and multi-day gatherings, Brigadoon organizes a number of events in distinctive settings that involve all participants and foster deeper connections.

Contact:

Website = thebrigadoon.com

Twitter = @the_brigadoon

Instagram = @thebrigadoon


Ross Rant: Here are 27 things I learned from James Altucher last year

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I reckon I spent 1,320 minutes with James Altucher last year.

Between his pods, books, and blogs. Many, many hours consuming his content.

If you don't know Altucher, the New York Times describes him as "a self-empowerment blogger and author of 16 books, including bestseller Choose Yourself. Over the last half-decade, this former tech entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and financial pundit has reinvented himself as a gimlet-eyed self-help guru, preaching survival in an era when the American Dream — the gold-embossed college diploma, the corner office, the three-bedroom home — seems like a sham."

At one point he threw out almost everything he owned and began living out of a single bag.

A single bag he took to random Airbnbs around NYC. 

He didn't even keep any physical books as he moved all his books to a Kindle.

Such experiential content development is powerful.

Content that resonates with me.

Rarely overproduced, often self-published, rough and raw, transferable, and mobile, his material succeeds because of the quality - not because of proper design, a team of handlers, buzzworthy features, or having the most fashionable look and feel.

Fundamentally his content is all about his journey and is shared in a style that is accessible and pure - also it easily produced and scalable since it doesn't require much the infrastructure. 

The content succeeds because it succeeds, not because of chicanery or tomfoolery.

Here's the list:

1. Every day, be creative. Creativity is a muscle.

2. Reinvent yourself. The world is changing quickly. A few years ago we didn't have smartphones - now a billion+ people have them.

3. Action is the fundamental key to all success.

4. You can have a job, a career, or a calling - pick wisely.

5. The average multimillionaire has supposedly seven sources of income - they always have a backup plan.

6. You can either watch it happen, or you can be part of it.

7. Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and enjoying it.

8. Any career take one to three years to do the studying required. About two years before you are making any money in your new career. Three to four years before you are making a living from it and five to six years before you are killing it. So that is eleven to fifteen years of work - work that is done each day and persistently.

9. Everyone needs to make time to play Hamburg = see the Beatles

10. "If it's not hard, it's soft" -- Ice Cube

11. Find your community or your following.

12. OPM = other people's mistakes - learn from other people's mistakes

13. Always manage risk.

14. Always be testing.

15. No matter what you are doing, get as much press as possible.

16. Engage the customer.

17. If you ask lousy questions, you will get lousy answers.

18. Get out of the prediction business and get into the possibility business.

19. All you need is 1,000 true fans.

20. To be a real entrepreneur you always have to be looking forward.

21. "A day without laughter is a day wasted." -- Charlie Chaplin

22. Reinvention never stops.

23. Don't expect to come up with a good idea every day, but come up with ideas every day.

24. No emotional anchor = no art. 

25. People don't remember what they don't like.

26. It's the discipline that makes the content.

27. "I don't fear the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks. I fear that man that practiced one kick 10,000 times." -- Bruce Lee

-Marc A. Ross

Marc A. Ross is the founder of Brigadoon and specializes in thought leader communications and global public affairs for executives working at the intersection of globalization, disruption, and politics.

Brigadoon Weekly: James Altucher, Jim O'Neill, Nigeria, EVs, 3D-printed

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James Altucher, Jim O'Neill, Nigeria, EVs, 3D-printed 

Brigadoon Weekly
January 13, 2019
Curation and commentary from 
Marc A. Ross

Reporting from Alexandria, Virginia 

Brigadoon = Where entrepreneurs and thought leaders gather to discuss emerging issues shaping commerce and culture.

Subscribe here: 
http://thebrigadoon.com/subscribe/

ROSS RANT


Here are 27 things I learned from James Altucher last year

I reckon I spent 1,320 minutes with James Altucher last year.

Between his pods, books, and blogs. Many, many hours consuming his content.

If you don't know Altucher, the New York Times describes him as "a self-empowerment blogger and author of 16 books, including bestseller Choose Yourself. Over the last half-decade, this former tech entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and financial pundit has reinvented himself as a gimlet-eyed self-help guru, preaching survival in an era when the American Dream — the gold-embossed college diploma, the corner office, the three-bedroom home — seems like a sham."

At one point he threw out almost everything he owned and began living out of a single bag.

A single bag he took to random Airbnbs around NYC. 

He didn't even keep any physical books as he moved all his books to a Kindle.

Such experiential content development is powerful.

Content that resonates with me.

Rarely overproduced, often self-published, rough and raw, transferable, and mobile, his material succeeds because of the quality - not because of proper design, a team of handlers, buzzworthy features, or having the most fashionable look and feel.

Fundamentally his content is all about his journey and is shared in a style that is accessible and pure - also it easily produced and scalable since it doesn't require much the infrastructure. 

The content succeeds because it succeeds, not because of chicanery or tomfoolery.

Here's the list:

1. Every day, be creative. Creativity is a muscle.

2. Reinvent yourself. The world is changing quickly. A few years ago we didn't have smartphones - now a billion+ people have them.

3. Action is the fundamental key to all success.

4. You can have a job, a career, or a calling - pick wisely.

5. The average multimillionaire has supposedly seven sources of income - they always have a backup plan.

6. You can either watch it happen, or you can be part of it.

7. Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and enjoying it.

8. Any career take one to three years to do the studying required. About two years before you are making any money in your new career. Three to four years before you are making a living from it and five to six years before you are killing it. So that is eleven to fifteen years of work - work that is done each day and persistently.

9. Everyone needs to make time to play Hamburg = see the Beatles

10. "If it's not hard, it's soft" -- Ice Cube

11. Find your community or your following.

12. OPM = other people's mistakes - learn from other people's mistakes

13. Always manage risk.

14. Always be testing.

15. No matter what you are doing, get as much press as possible.

16. Engage the customer.

17. If you ask lousy questions, you will get lousy answers.

18. Get out of the prediction business and get into the possibility business.

19. All you need is 1,000 true fans.

20. To be a real entrepreneur you always have to be looking forward.

21. "A day without laughter is a day wasted." -- Charlie Chaplin

22. Reinvention never stops.

23. Don't expect to come up with a good idea every day, but come up with ideas every day.

24. No emotional anchor = no art. 

25. People don't remember what they don't like.

26. It's the discipline that makes the content.

27. "I don't fear the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks. I fear that man that practiced one kick 10,000 times." -- Bruce Lee

-Marc A. Ross

Marc A. Ross is the founder of Brigadoon and specializes in thought leader communications and global public affairs for executives working at the intersection of globalization, disruption, and politics.


FIVE ARTICLES TO READ

Monocle's soft power survey 2018/19: The top 25 nations that got it right: http://bit.ly/2D4asRW

Jim O'Neill: Whither the Chinese consumer? Between 2010 and 2017, consumer spending in China increased by almost $3 trillion dollars, and global brands came to rely on the Chinese market for a growing share of sales. But now that Apple has revised downward its expected revenues, citing slowing Chinese growth, the outlook for such firms – and for the world economy – has dimmed.http://bit.ly/2D2x2dD

52 places to go in 2019https://nyti.ms/2TFaqFI

Richard A. Friedman: The big myth about teenage anxiety: Relax: The digital age is not wrecking your kid's brain.https://nyti.ms/2M60b9d

Top risks for 2019: Eurasia Group's annual forecast of the political risks that are most likely to play out over the course of the year:Read the report here.

1. Bad seeds
2. US-China
3. Cyber gloves off
4. European populism
5. The US at home
6. Innovation winter
7.Coalition of the unwilling
8. Mexico
9. Ukraine
10. Nigeria


"Pretty much everything that we monitor geopolitically that matters in the world is presently heading in a negative direction. It’s been 21 years since I started the firm, that’s never been true before." -@ianbremmer 

BRIGADOON RADIO

Brigadoon Radio = Episode 2: A conversation between Brigadoon Founder Marc A. Ross and Brigadoon Professional + Ambassador Dr. Mark Stellingworth on Atlanta United, Syria, Mattis' departure from the US Department of Defense, US-China relations, and Brigadoon Sundance update. Listen here.

DISRUPTION

Drone alert: Departures at London Heathrow—one of the world's busiest airports—were temporarily suspended yesterday following a drone sighting. Last month a drone sighting caused much longer-lasting disruption at Gatwick, one of Southeast England's other big airports.

119 million: The total number of smart speakers in circulation in the US.

EVs: 29 global automakers found that they are investing at least $300 billion in electric vehicles, with more than 45 percent of that earmarked for China.

Neutrogena is set to introduce 3D-printed, customized face masks in Q3 2019.

CPG AI: New products developed by P&G include a toothbrush that provides personalized feedback and a tool that offers skin-care advice.

MUSIC

Portugal. The Man - Feel It Still (ZHU Remix)Listen here.

Did you know?

Drone alert: Departures at London Heathrow—one of the world's busiest airports—were temporarily suspended yesterday following a drone sighting. Last month a drone sighting caused much longer-lasting disruption at Gatwick, one of Southeast England's other big airports.

119 million: The total number of smart speakers in circulation in the US.

EVs: 29 global automakers found that they are investing at least $300 billion in electric vehicles, with more than 45 percent of that earmarked for China.

Brigadoon: What is it good for?

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Brigadoon: What is it good for?

1. The world is cluttered with worn-out conference formats, one-way panel events, and stuffy corporate dinners

2. Gatherings rarely connect onstage information with offstage networking opportunities and ongoing conversations

3. Legacy events are myopic and don't bring a collection of well-rounded attendees to the same place at the same time

4. Leave the gathering smarter and more energized 

5. No dreadful powerpoint presentations

6. The conversations cover emerging issues shaping commerce and culture

7. Hear and learn from insiders and subject matter experts

8. The Owl

9. Alpine mountain activities = ski, snowshoe, hike, fly fish, yoga, plus photography and art classes
 

Brigadoon Sundance 2019
February 24-26
Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah

You can start 2019 with adventure, boldness, and courage.

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Adventurous.

Bold.

Courageous.

You in 2019?

Brigadoon is where entrepreneurs and thought leaders like you gather to discuss emerging issues shaping commerce and culture.

Adventurous, bold, and courageous discussions led by subject matter experts on issues shaping our daily lives is the foundation of a Brigadoon gathering.

Brigadoon harnesses the business of expertise and foster conversations with specialists in their fields who lead sessions that are intimate, low tech, powerpoint free, and engage all participants.

You can start 2019 with adventure, boldness, and courage.

Brigadoon Sundance 2019

February 24-26

Sundance Mountain Resort, Utah