About a week before Brad Bird won his Oscar for directing Ratatouille, Huggy Rao (from Stanford) and Allen Webb (from McKinsey) had the good fortune to interview him at Pixar headquarters. Bird was remarkably fun to interview and he reflects the spirit and crazy proposed practices in Weird Ideas That Work more strongly than anyone I've ever met ( Alice Waters might be an equally good fit, but I have never met her). The McKinsey Quarterly used the interview to do a bit of innovation themselves. I believe it is one they've ever done that has both sounds clips from an interview and pictures to go along with the audio. Brad is a very sharp guy and simply a delight as a human being. I was especially impressed by the degree to which he thinks of seeing a movie in much the same way that a great design thinker would -- thinking not about not just what is on the screen, but the public setting in which the film is seen as something that is ripe for re-invention.
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