Design Strategy and Social Entrepreneurship

Today’s guest is the ultimate linchpin. If you know me you know there isn’t really any day that goes by where I don’t mention Seth Godins book Linchpin which has been a life changing manifesto for so many, myself included 

A linchpin Seth Godin says is someone who is indispensable. They are able   to identify gaps that can become opportunities for design they nurture a mindset that allows them to connect dots that no one else was able to and they design solutions that make an impact

It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce you to Matthew Manos. He `doesn’t just practice at the intersection of design, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation, he teaches you how as well. He is an award winning design strategist, founder and managing director of VeryNice, a design strategy firm that designs and facilitates workshops for creative problem solving. He’s also the assistant dean and professor at Iovine and Young Academy, a school at the University of Southern California, that brings together design, business, and technology in order to create the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators. Forbes calls him a crazy genius and HOW magazine recognized him as one of the top 100 most influential creatives working today and he’s also the author of, “Toward a Preemptive Social Enterprise.”

In this episode Matthew shares:

  • How he launched a business at 16 years old
  • The role of design strategy
  • How you enhance and nurture a creative mindset
  • The value of being a professor and practitioner
  • The future of social entrepreneurship
  • His plans for the future

There’s a quote by George Bernard Shaw where he says, “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?” Matthew isn’t afraid to dream and he’s created the tools and resources to help make your dreams come true as well. I hope you enjoy my conversation with Matthew Manos, and as always tag us online and share your thoughts and takeaways. 

Connect with Matthew
You can connect with Matthew on Instagram @veryniceinstagram and you can find the resources he mentions at verynice.co and modelsofimpact.co

I’m Sabba.

I believe that the future should be designed. Not left to chance.

Over the past decade, using design thinking practices I've helped schools and businesses create a culture of innovation where everyone is empowered to move from idea to impact, to address complex challenges and discover opportunities. 

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