Innovation on the Edge of Chaos

Turning Vision into Value

Invite your friends and colleagues and join us for the Silicon Valley Innovation Institute’s Innovation Society 2009 Series.

SVII “First Wednesday”

Innovation Society Meeting

April 1st, 2009

6:00—9:30 pm

Innovation on the Edge of Chaos: From metaphor to physical principle and back again

Guest Presenter: Bruce Sawhill, ePluribus Research

Dr. Bruce Sawhill will tell the story of chaos theory from the viewpoint of how the history of science influences and is influenced by the history of civilization and cannot be considered separately. In particular, why is chaos theory a relatively recent invention when in principle it could have been discovered in Newton’s time? The implications for modern day personal and business life will be discussed.

Dr. Sawhill received his PhD in Theoretical Physics from Stanford University in 1985. After a post-doctorate at the Max Planck Institut in Munich, he settled at the Santa Fe Institute from 1991-97 to study chaos and complexity science. In 1997, he co-founded the Bios Group, a complexity science consulting group formed to apply cutting edge science to business problems. In 2002, he co-founded DayJet Corporation, the world’s first per-seat on-demand jet taxi service.

Program Schedule

6:00  Arrival and networking

6:45  Buffet dinner

7:10 Appetizer Story—ZooqNet

7:15 Introductions

7:30  Featured Presentation

8:30 Showing Up as an Innovation Advocate

9:30 Closing

Drinks are available on a no-host basis.

Event fee – $30. Pay at the meeting or use PayPal.



Bay Cafe, Bayshore Ballroom
1875 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Drive down Embarcadero East, past Ming’s, turn left into the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course; from the parking lot, walk up the wide path toward the golf course buildings; the restaurant will be on the right.

Restaurant direct line: 650-856-0999

Please be sure to RSVP.
Bring cash or check, or prepay by credit card.

Need to reach us at the last minute? Call 415-307-0645.


Outlook—What’s Coming Up Next Month:

Innovation Insights and Elements: SunSPOTs and More

Guest Presenter: Roger Meike, SunLabs



To find past program archives, and the current outlook for future programs, see the SVII “First Wednesday” group of SVII Society Online. While you’re there, sign up as a member of our online community of Innovation Advocates.


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