Entrepreneur & Author
Rod Beckstrom is a highly successful entrepreneur, founder and CEO of a publicly traded company, a best-selling author, an avowed environmentalist, a public diplomacy leader, and the former head of a top-level federal government agency entrusted with protecting the nation's communication networks against cyber attack. In July of 2009, Beckstrom was appointed President and CEO of ICANN, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. ICANN is a nonprofit entity with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable, and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet's unique identifiers. Read More >
We live in a world where international cyber-terrorism poses a threat, not only to national security, but to our personal and financial well-being. Rod Beckstrom provides a compelling overview of the technology, strategic and economic risks, and mitigation concepts that every business leader needs to know. He translates his experience as the former Director of the National Cybersecurity Center and his leadership role as CEO of several high-tech companies to frame the cyber-terrorism threat. He also explains the actions we all can take to protect personal, business, and national security.
What are your passions? What are those of the people you work with or encounter? People can perform miracles when they are organized in small circles or groups around their passions. How did twelve citizens come together in London in the late 18th century to start a movement that led to the end of slavery? How did eleven CEOs meeting in 2003 help launch the current peace process between India and Pakistan, opening borders, airways, trade, and telecoms where they had long been shut? Rod was a member of that original group of eleven and has studied and participated in many other amazing circles and networks on four continents. Why do some circles and networks thrive while others die? What are some of the traits of successful circles and networks? How can you start a circle? How can you build a network? Everyone has something to contribute. Learn how to unleash the unstoppable power of people's passions.
Rod Beckstrom has fourteen years of experience in global warming science, policymaking, business, and investment. He is an acknowledged expert and was recently interviewed by CNBC News on what it means to be carbon neutral. He has served on the Board of Trustees of Environmental Defense since 1994 and recently came up with the idea of an Environmental Markets Network, a new national organization recently launched. He helped start one large scale carbon offset project in Pakistan which is already reducing more than one million tons of CO2 annually and has helped initiate other major carbon offset projects. He has helped to design and build pollution markets and has a unique understanding of how they work.
In his innovative keynote, Rod Beckstrom teaches your audience that although spiders and starfish may look alike, starfish have a miraculous quality to them. Cut off the leg of a spider, and you have a seven-legged creature on your hands; cut off its head and you have a dead spider. But cut off the arm of a starfish and it will grow a new one. Not only that, but the severed arm can grow an entirely new body. Starfish can achieve this feat because, unlike spiders, they are decentralized; every major organ is replicated across each arm. Read More >
But starfish don't just exist in the animal kingdom. Rod Beckstrom's powerful current day examples will explain how starfish organizations are taking society and the business world by storm, and are changing the rules of strategy and competition. Your audience will learn how starfish organizations are organized on very different principles than we are used to seeing in traditional organizations. The principles that Rod will teach are breakthrough and vital to any business, organization, or individual that wants to thrive in the new marketplace.
Rod will clearly identify the traits and business practices of spider organizations vs. starfish organizations. How has Toyota leveraged starfish principles to crush their spider-like rivals, GM and Ford? How did tiny Napster cripple the global music industry? Why is free, community-based Wikipedia crushing Encyclopedia Britannica overnight? Why is tiny Craigslist crippling the global newspaper industry? Why is Al Qaeda flourishing and even growing stronger? Spider organizations are centralized and are built around organizational charts; on the other hand, starfish organizations tend to organize around a shared ideology or a simple platform for communication around ideologies, like Al Qaeda or Alcoholics Anonymous. And the Internet has helped them flourish.
So in today's world starfish organizations are starting to gain the upper hand. And there's no reason that more traditional organizations cannot learn and apply the starfish principles. Your audience will find it essential to understand the potential strength of a starfish organization. Read Less ^