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Costa Michailidis

Founder & Executive Director

💻 Building ChatGPT Training for Business Owners...

Costa began life as a creative misfit, using his imagination to spur havoc, laughter, and the occasional unintended success. Come to think of it, he hasn’t changed much over the years.

Some of his adventures include working with NASA scientists to reimagine the search for life beyond Earth, designing innovation tournaments inside of Fortune 500 companies to seed innovation projects, speaking at the United Nations in New York as part of the first TEDx event there, working with a group of cyber security experts (including one of the original creators of the internet—not Al Gore) to make recommendations to the Obama Administration, and that’s just the compulsory who’s who. Some of the most impactful and beautiful work he’s done has been with college students, entrepreneurs, and nonprofit organizations.

Costa’s passion, and by some cosmic coincidence his job, is to help people be more creative, so they can solve new and meaningful problems in the world. He takes great joy and pride in skillfully priming the human brain, and the human heart, for creative breakthrough.

He cofounded Innovation Bound, and has joined a team of academics, entrepreneurs, consultants, and other creativity & innovation experts just like him to help accelerate innovation efforts in science, business, and beyond.

Costa is a freediving instructor with Freediving Instructors International. He can hold his breath for over 3 minutes and dive 100 feet under water on a single breath, and he loves sharing the underwater world with people.

Content from Costa

A.I. Powered Time Savings Tool - A ChatGPT powered demonstration of how A.I. can integrate with apps, products, and websites.

What Is Innovation? - The word 'innovation' has become more and more common, but what does it mean?

Business, Technology & People - Chief Learning Officer, Christopher Lind, joins the podcast to share his unique insights at the intersection of technology, business, and people.

The Best First Thing to Do to Be a More Innovative Company - What if innovation is already happening at your organization, and all you need to do is discover it?

How Learning Keeps Pace in Our Fast-Changing World - Costa hosts Adeel Hasan in an exploration of trends in learning and development with an emphasis on the role of change in learning.

Are Your Top Talent Creative Problem Solvers? - As robots and algorithms take over repetitive tasks, applying creativity to solve new problems takes center stage for top talent.

Research Insights On Creativity - Costa hosts professor and creativity researcher John Cabra on the podcast to help us explore the scientific studies and understand what they tell us about our creativity.

Top 5 Innovation Program Pitfalls - Watch outs for your top talent innovation learning programs.

First Rule of Creative Thinking - Want better ideas? Come up with lots of ideas.

Our Plastic Ocean Problem - Costa hosts marine biologist Rebecca Daniel on the podcast to learn more about what we know when it comes to plastic ocean pollution. It's not good, but there's hope.

Welcome To Freediving - Andrew and Costa host world champion freediver Martin Stepanek to talk about freediving, the mammalian diving reflex, underwater photography, and more.

Hero's Journey - Costa hosts Andrew James Ferris on the podcast for a deep dive into Joseph Campbell's Hero's Journey and its implications on story, psychology, innovation, and more.

Making Things Better for People - Costa hosts Toby Scott in a podcast on the emergence and impact of Design Thinking.

How Curiosity Drives Innovation - An individual's ability to be innovative is the result of a variety of skills and attitudes, but curiosity is one of the core drivers.

A.I. & Human Learning - Costa hosts ChatGPT on the podcast (which was interesting) to explore how A.I. can be used to accelerate human learning and development.

Reclaim Your Creativity - Many of us don't identify as creative, but it's high time we all reclaim our creativity.

The Musical Life - Costa hosts Paul Kwiecinski in a podcast on music, learning, and leadership development.

A Learning Manager's Guide To Disruptive Markets - Costa hosts Rebecca Canate, who gives us a breakdown of disruptions in L&D and how to take them on like a champ.

A Creativity Research Deep Dive - Costa hosts James C. Kaufman, author of Creativity 101, university professor, and pioneering creativity researcher.

The Original Think Outside the Box Puzzle - A puzzle that demonstrates thinking outside the box, and an upgrade to it for modern times.

Let's Talk About Failure - Innovation is not without risk, and this brings how we treat failure into question, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Audience of One - Costa hosts Abraham Burickson in a deep discussion on Abe's learnings after twelve years of designing immersive performances for audiences of just one person.

Giving Feedback to Improve Ideas - When someone asks you for feedback on a new idea, are you helping them improve the idea, or evaluating it? Hint: Ideas are like babies.

A Life Of Constant Exploration - Costa hosts Jennifer Servary Recla on the podcast, in a discussion about living a life of constant explorationa, and the rewards and challenges that come with it.

How Calm Beats Grit - Grit is a powerful tool for tackling relentless challenges, but with burnout, escalation, and other flaws, perhaps it's time for this particular variety of calm.

Taking Your Creativity on Vacation - The novel experiences you have on your next vacation can restore your creativity.

The Heart Of A Traveler - Costa and Andrew host Arlette Diederiks and take you on a journey into the heart of a traveler, and the transformational power of seeing the world.

Strategic Insights For Workforce Develpment - Costa hosts Michelle Weise on the podcast, in a discussion about the future of workforce development.

All About Adaptation - One of the most unappreciated styles of innovation is that of the improviser, plunging into the unknown, yet keeping calm and standing ready to adapt to anything.

Attitudes Of Great Innovators - How curiosity and courage persistently drive the kinds of actions that lead to innovation and breakthrough.

Enjoy The Process - An article dedicated to my team, and anyone out there attempting to do something extraoridnary

Who We Are - Meet Costa, the rest of the Innovation Bound team, and the extended family in this video.