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CROSS INNOVATION STRATEGY GROUP

The Cross Innovation strategy group has developed over several years with annual conferences held at the NASA/Johnson space center in Houston for the last 4 years.

When COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic the Group pivoted and focused on how innovative techniques and cross-pollination can both improve crisis response and help with the long-term recovery around the world. With a global reach and vision we are launching the “Never Normal” pledge and make it our mission to innovate mankind into a brighter and better tomorrow.

Utilizing cross innovation methods and embracing a wide diversity of thought, generate ideas and strategies on how to effectively and sustainably restart the economy and allow people to return to work while minimizing the further negative impact on their health and wellness.
 
The mandate of the Group is to ideate, co-create, and come up with solutions intended to improve our respective predicaments during the sweeping challenge of COVID-19. The underlying assumption of those deliberations was straightforward: The world will never be the same post-COVID-19.
 

THE PLEDGE​

Find Common Cause

I pledge to recognize the global nature of the pandemic threat we all face. Furthermore, I acknowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive human suffering and economic hardship in societies across the planet.

Connect with Others

I pledge to educate myself about organized initiatives to fight this pandemic and to volunteer to support them when and where I can. Furthermore, I pledge to advocate this Pledge of Conduct to members of my community with a view to having them join the effort.

Contribute to Transparency

I pledge to share knowledge with others. I will be open with information about myself and my behaviors to reduce the spread of this disease. I will let others learn from my data to invent new technologies to fight COVID-19.

Do No Harm

I pledge to follow scientific guidance of how my actions can reduce the spread of the virus. I will follow social distancing guidelines, wear face coverings as appropriate, wash/disinfect myself and my surroundings, and minimize exposure to others when I start feeling sick, especially to high-risk individuals, such as the elderly.

Volunteer

Acknowledging that the impact of the pandemic is disproportional, I pledge to reach out to help others who are in need of my support. To more effectively confront the virus, I will also contribute to the free flow of data, information and knowledge.

Collaborate

I pledge to pursue collaboration with other individuals and organizations so that we can more effectively address the threats posed by the virus.

Work to achieve a more benign post-virus environment.

I pledge to channel my energies into preventing pandemics like COVID-19 from recurring in the future. To that end, I will support efforts to strengthen research and analysis of ways in which humanity can prevent another pandemic like COVID-19, or others kinds of pandemics, from happening.

Sign THE PLEDGE​

METHODOLOGY

Tools and comms

A detailed slack structure was published to all team members so that they would share real time in any device the information provided by other team members (as external sources). This helped enormously to quickly share up to date, rapidly changing information in the right place to all participants.

Teaming & Group Conforming

70 members distributed among 8 groups from Government, Academia, and various industries. The teams would include 6-12 members in order to make discussions meaningful.

Pre-Work
● In order to define a general framework of the entities affected by the COVID crisis, participants researched the topic to normalize the information and distill a common understanding.

Brainstorming & Design Thinking Sessions

PHASE A: Ideation: the main tools used by the moderators during these sessions were clustering and association
PHASE B: Voting & Selection: Once the ideas were deployed by each sub team, larger teams were encouraged to vote up those ideas that were most promising. This process also allowed us to clarify some ideas and luster some others that were supporting each other or were similar.
PHASE C: Cross-Pollination 2nd Ideation round: To cross pollinate the ideas across all the teams, all of the ideas were published as anonymous authors, in order to prevent people bias against a person (or in favour) but just focus on their ideas on their own merit.

Participants

STRATEGIC GROUP LEADERSHIP

Omar Hatamleh

Executive Chairman of Cross Innovation Strategy Group

Dimitris Bountolos

Deputy Executive Chairman of Cross Innovation Strategy Group Entrepreneur, C-Level Executive Former CDO
LATAM Airlines

GROUP LEADERS

Amjad Hammad

Founder & Managing Partner
Saratoga Ophthalmology

George A Tilesch

Senior AI Strategist & Co-Author, BetweenBrains; Former Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Global Affairs
Ipsos

Álvaro de Nicolas

Chief Technology & Product Officer
Awaze Group

Steve Rader

Deputy Director Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation
NASA

ADVISORS

Paul Laudicina

Chairman Emeritus, Kearney Founder, Global Business Policy Council
Kearney

Erik R. Peterson

Partner & Managing Director Global Business Policy Council
Kearney

Fabio Chesini

Research Director
Gartner

Dale Kutnick

Senior Vice President, Emeritus & Distinguished Analyst
Gartner

Javier González Ferrán

VP Managing Executive Partner, Executive Programs Iberia
Gartner

GROUP PARTICIPANTS

Ana Maiques

Founder & CEO
Neuroelectrics

Andrea Mills

Chief Advisor, External R&D Emerging Technologies
Philips Morris

Anujar Shankar

Honorary Research Fellow Oxford University
Oxford

Boris Pluskowski

New Ventures
Sillicon Valley Bank

Carlos Westhelle

Chief Technology Officer JSC
NASA

Charles Arizmedi

Azure Business Lead LATAM
Microsoft

Christian Albrecht

Aviation Expert

Christine Ortiz

Founder, Station 1 Morris Cohen Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
MIT

Daniel Moczydlower

Executive VP Engineer
EMBRAER

Daphne de Jong

Technical Program Manager
Waymo

David Milich

CEO
United Healthcare

Edgar Castro

Chief, Propulsion & Power Division Johnson Space Center
NASA

Edward O'Connor

Provost and EVP for Academic, Research, and Student Affairs, and Chief Academic Officer
Kansas City University of Medicine

Eman Barhoumeh

VP of Product and GM
Lyft

Enrique Dans

Professor of Innovation and Senior Advisor Digital Transformation
IE

Franco Ongaro

Director of Technology, Engineering and Quality | Head of European Space Agency – Technology Centre
ESA-ESTEC

Frank Stephenson

Former Chief of Design
Mclaren & Ferrari

George Hemingway

Partner Head of Innovation
Stratalis

Guillermo Trotti

Founder
TROTTI STUDIO

James Nakagawa

Digital Healthcare Pioneer | Cross Industry Innovation Developer

Jason Wild

Senior Vice President, Innovation and Global Leader, Ignite
Salesforce

Javier Cabrerizo

COO
Prosegur

Javier Rodriguez

CEO USA
BBVA

Javier De la Torre

Founder & CSO
CARTO

JJ Snow

Chief Technology Officer
AFWERX

John Flynn

Director, International Business Development
Partners Health Care

Juan Villamil

Chief Information & Technology Officer
Imperial College

Justin Rodriguez

Partner
BCG

Linda Gasparello

Co-Host & Producer
White House Chronicle

Llewellyn King

Executive Producer & Host
White House Chronicle

Mahmood Dweik

Vice President
Clearlake Medical Specialties

Mark Phillips

VP of Digital
Mckinsey & Company

Martin Reeves

Senior Partner Chairman of the BCG Henderson Institute
BCG

Meldon Wolfgang

Senior Partner & Managing Director
BCG

Michael Kleeman

Senior Fellow & Director Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation
University of California – San Diego

Miguel Calatayud

CEO
Qualitas Health

Mike Morris

CEO
TOPCODER

Monte Goforth

Business Strategy Manager
NASA

Nabil Malouli

VP Global Ecommerce
DHL

Nima Elmi

Director, Head of Government Affairs
World Economic Forum

Ogan Gurel

Chief Medical Officer
Psomagen

Pascual de Juan

Global Head of Innovation in Technology
BBVA

Pedro Moneo

CEO
Opinno

Pilar Manchón

Senior Director of Research Strategy in Artificial Intelligence
Google

Preston McAfee

Distinguished Scientist
Google

Rami Al Karmi

SVP & Chief Innovation Officer
Jordan Ahli Bank

Ramon Vullings

Speaker, author, Cross-Industry Expert & ideaDJ
RamonVullings

S. Amal Hussnain

Vitreo-Retinal Surgery
Saratoga Ophthalmology

Scarlett Sieber

MD & Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer
CG Catalyst Consulting Group

Scott Wilcox

Chief Innovation Officer
SXSW

Steve Barsh

Managing Partner
Dreamit Ventures

Stratos Davlos

CTO, SVP, Managing Director
Innoplexus

Umran Beba

SVP, Chief Global Diversity and Engagement Officer
Pepsico

Valentina Kassisieh

CEO
Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation

Vishal Gupta

Partner, Intellectual Property Group
Steptoe & Johnson LLP

W Thomas Morrow

Chief Compliance Officer / Intelectual Property Counsel
Predictive Solutions, LL

Ziad Jeha

President Saudi Arabia & Bahrain
Schlumberger

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