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Costa Michailidis

Cofounder & Director of Innovation Services

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 recent adventures include working with NASA scientists to rethink 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, young 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 the citizen sector.

Costa grew up in the world of competitive gymnastics. To this day, he still chalks up to swing high bar on Wednesday nights. If you spend enough time with him, you’re sure to catch a glimpse of him flying through the air or standing on his hands.

Meet Costa at DisruptHR ...and other events

Costa is a cohost at DisruptHR, An information exchange designed to energize, inform and empower executives, business leaders and people in the HR field, and a frequent presenter at innovation and learning events around the world.

Content from Costa

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

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 an audience of just one person.

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