Happy accidents are wonderful things. However, there's been a long-term decline in creative skills at the same time that the need for creativity is increasing. Yarrow Kraner founded the Hatch Experience a decade ago to combat this, gathering diverse groups of next generation influencers, global thought leaders, and community builders annually to mentor each other in a veritable petri dish of creativity and inter-disciplinary idea generation. He says “the urgency is to re-wire; re-engineer our perception of the Importance of creativity, as that is HOW we are armed with the ability to innovate.”

Yarrow is one of those rare people that create invitations. Just as he describes the Hatch Experience as a think tank meeting summer camp, he is himself a cruise director meeting a constituency of limitless variety and possibility. Four days a year he curates the Hatch Experience, the other 361 he's curating life.

This was one of my most interesting chance happenings at the C2-MTL conference. Yarrow is a firm believer in seeding ideas, planting them and recycling them. I was never quite sure who was interviewing whom. It was a two-way conversation. Actually, I'm oversimplifying things. It started as a two-way conversation. Then Yarrow added in his partner Sean Mcdonald. Then Elke Goversten got sucked in. Then, practically before I knew it, at the invitation of Lynn Casey – whom I had not seen in 25 years – I was having dinner with Yarrow and 37 others in a private room at a restaurant geared to 20.

Happy accident or result of Yarrow Kraner's superpower of curating creativity? You tell me.

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