For R. Buckminster Fuller, getting innovation to market was simply a waiting game. “I just invent, then wait around until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented.”

However, in today’s extreme business environment, few can afford to wait. What innovators and innovating companies need is a process to turn big new ideas into revenue-producing products and services — and that is what the Knowledge Continuity Center, located in Denver, Seattle, and Hartford provides.

David Harden, founder of KCC, and Fred Vail of Saudi Aramco will present “What’s the Big Idea?: How to Leverage Idea Power in Your Company” at the 2004 Colorado Innovation Summit, to be held on September 23 and 24 at the Stonegate Manor Event Center in Thornton, CO. The author and speaker will shed light on the age-old management dilemma, “How can I give people more autonomy for innovation, but still ensure that we have order and productivity in the organization?” Harden will demonstrate how Saudi Aramco systematically saved an estimated $250 million in 10 months by bucking the traditional top-down master plan. Instead of creating roadblocks to building something big and eternal, they implemented a framework that encourages self-organization of ideas.

Harden emphasizes that this hot topic relocates the responsibility for value-added work into the hands of the people who actually touch the product or provide the service – eliminating costly external supervision and bureaucratic overhead. His viewpoint grows out of his varied experiences. As an active duty Air Force pilot, he has logged over 2,500 flight hours, including combat time in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo. As a speaker, writer, and practitioner on knowledge continuity and innovation, he has worked with companies all over the world. And, as the director of a parenting education program for disadvantaged families. he has been nominated for the Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award. (David Harden can be reached at 888-787-0392 and [email protected])

The Colorado Innovation Summit fills a significant gap in Colorado industry conferences by serving midsize and larger corporations. Though Colorado is rich in programs for entrepreneurs, no other conference targets innovators in companies of 100 people and larger. The Summit is also unique in recognizing the full breadth of innovation. Tracks this year are organized around innovation of new businesses, products, services, as well as internal processes, strategies, and technology transfers.

The 2004 Colorado Innovation Summit presents “Lessons from the Real World.” Each session, from opening keynote to final panel, will deliver practical, actionable, take-home-and-use lessons that apply across industries and across types of innovation.

Speakers in 18 sessions over two days will engage an audience of up to 350 people – roughly 70% corporate management and innovation staff, with the rest a mix of service providers, entrepreneurs, government representatives, economic development professionals, and students.

The Colorado Innovation Summit accelerates innovation vision, process, and profits through lessons from the real world that deliver more competitive, timely, and valuable innovations. Program, exhibits, and networking serve both management and staff in midsize and larger organizations.

Date: September 23-25, 8:00-5:00 with an informal reception on Thursday

Registration: $445 before September 19 and $495 thereafter

Register at or by calling 303-666-4133

Venue: Stonebrook Manor, near I-25 at 120th Avenue in Thornton

The Colorado Innovation Summit is organized by Gary Lundquist, President of Market Engineering, and Thomas Frey, Executive Director of The DaVinci Institute. Market Engineering accelerates innovation and brand equity with services in strategic visioning and management of businesses, products, strategies, and launches. The DaVinci Institute is a futurist think tank that produces unique, one-of-a-kind conferences to stimulate debate and action on a variety of topics.

Media Contacts:

Mary Wilson Callahan, 303-774-0499, [email protected]

Gary Lundquist, 303-840-9929, [email protected]