Don’t get stuck — keep one eye on the future

Posted on May 1, 2018 :: Editor , Editor’s Insights
Margaret LeBrun
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Change. Innovation. Disruption. Technology is changing our world so fast, sometimes you just want to POP!

When you get that Oliver Buechse of Advancing AI Wisconsin says that stands for “purpose, opportunity and preparation,” you’ll be ready for what hits you.

It’s appropriate that leading up to Insight’s annual THINC! event (Technology & Human Innovation Networking Conference) on May 10, this issue looks at the impact of changing technology in many ways.

For this month’s Personalities feature (page 12), I had the pleasure of engaging in a fast-paced conversation with Kurt Hahlbeck, who co-leads AAIW with Buechse. Let’s just say he left my head spinning with all the ways artificial intelligence will impact so many industries in the coming years.

In our feature on banking (page 34), Staff Writer Jessica Thiel talked to Buechse and others about how disruptive technology is shaking up that industry in particular. Then on page 20, Thiel writes about our THINC! keynote, Jerry Jendusa, and his message on recognizing when your business is “stuck” and how to find innovative ways to break out of old patterns and move forward.

Our cover story by Nikki Kallio (page 22) looks at the innovation behind the scenes at Feeding America. I think you’ll find the way this Northeast Wisconsin nonprofit gathers, warehouses and distributes surplus food from groceries and farmers to the homes of the hungry an incredible community success story.

On the subject of food, MaryBeth Matzek offers an inside look at the grocery store competition building in Northeast Wisconsin with Meijer. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based grocer opened its first regional store in Green Bay last year and this month, opens a second in Grand Chute (page 30).

We hope you enjoy the new features we launched with our redesign last month — and we invite you to get in touch with story ideas and tips. In particular, we’re looking for great ideas or cool products you want to let others know about. Check out Reader Recommended (page 11) and send ideas to [email protected] Or, on the advice of one reader, just pick up the phone! Call us at (920) 882-0491. We look forward to hearing from you!

Margaret LeBrun

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