We are thrilled that Ed Catmull, the Co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and President of Walt Disney Animation Studios, will be joining us at the 2015 Summit for a leadership interview with Bill Hybels. Ed was a pioneer in the field of computer graphics for the motion picture industry. In 1986, he teamed up with John Lasseter and Steve Jobs to create Pixar, where he was the digital animation mind behind great Pixar films like Toy Story and Finding Nemo. He is a five-time Academy Award winner.
Ed has been on our radar since 2008 when his excellent article, How Pixar Fosters Collective Creativity, was published in the Harvard Business Review. (You can link to that article here.) Ed’s hard-won insights – forged in the creative cultures at Pixar and Disney – shed new light on organizational structures that can kill creativity as well as those that allow creative endeavors to flourish.
When we saw that he had expanded the article into a full-length book, Creativity, Inc., we knew the time was ripe to invite him to the Summit.
Since the book’s release, Bill Hybels has made Creativity, Inc. mandatory reading for the top leaders at Willow Creek. Bill is excited to be able to pull out practical, rubber-hits-the-road principles from this book with direct application for organizational leaders.
To get a flavor, take a look at the short video below. This video has an appropriate Pixar title, The Hungry Beast and the Ugly Baby.
How do you see the Hungry Beast and the Ugly Baby operating in creative endeavors in your organization? Tell us about your experiences in the comments section below.