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Ashley Good

Founder & CEO, Fail Forward in Toronto

Fail Forward

PRESENTED ON SEP 20, 2013
IN TORONTO @ VOL 25

Failure is sticky. It’s well known that people learn better from stories of failure than stories of success, yet failure is rarely discussed. Instead of treating projects and ideas that previously failed as a massive repository of R&D knowledge, these invaluable stories are often never told or actively swept under the rug.

But change is afoot! Failure, or rather, failing intelligently is becoming an essential skill in the rapidly changing world we live in. Organizations and individuals are increasingly relying on methods of transforming failures into new and effective ways of solving our most important and complex challenges – catalyzing overdue, or otherwise needed change.

Ashley Good will take her 20x20 to get the audience thinking about what’s possible if we reframe our failures, what holds us back from maximizing our learning, and what it means to fail intelligently.  

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