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Why we need to rethink intelligence in a world of constant change

In this Innovation Realized episode, Beau Lotto, neuroscientist and entrepreneur, explores the need for openness, curiosity, and adaptability in today’s world.

In the sixth episode of the Innovation Realized podcast series, we are joined by Beau Lotto, Professor of Neuroscience at the University of London, and CEO of Lab of Misfits. Alongside host Will Travis, Lotto discusses the importance of embracing uncertainty and complexity in a rapidly changing world. He shares his views on the need for leaders to be open, curios and adaptable, as well as the importance of creating a culture that encourages innovation and learning.

Exploring the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in transforming industries, Lotto suggests that businesses should focus on creating meaningful and relevant experiences for their customers. He highlights the value of curiosity, compassion and courage in driving success, encouraging leaders to reward and celebrate these qualities as our world is increasingly characterized by more forceful changes that appear quicker, trigger widespread impacts, and often strike all at once.

This episode is part of the EY Innovation Realized podcast series by Elevation Barn. It is also available to listen to on  Apple Podcasts.

Key takeaways: 

  • We can only respond to complexity, not predict it – create a culture that is agile and adaptable to inevitable change.
  • Leaders must become adaptable, to lead by example and embody the need for change.
  • There is tremendous power in not knowing, it is the first step to seeking and achieving understanding.
  • There is selective advantage in understanding – it makes you agile, flexible and more creative.
  • The best leaders know when to be creative, and when to be efficient.
  • Customers want to invest in buying a product or things that have real value in terms of humanity – to have relevance. 

For your convenience, full text transcript of this podcast is also available.


Will Travis
Founder and CEO, Elevation Barn


Episode 6


0h 40m 49s