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Where Good Ideas Come From

The printing press, the pencil, the flush toilet, the battery--these are all great ideas. But where do they come from? Read more...

Envisioning Information

This book celebrates escapes from the flatlands of both paper and computer screen, showing superb displays of high-dimensional complex data. Read more...

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation

The myth of innovation is that brilliant ideas leap fully formed from the minds of geniuses. Read more...

How Will You Measure Your Life?

From the world’s leading thinker on innovation and New York Times bestselling author of The Innovator’s Dilemma, Clayton M. Christensen, comes an unconventional book of inspiration and wisdom for achieving a fulfilling life. Read more...

The Innovator's Prescription: A Disruptive Solution for Health Care

A groundbreaking prescription for health care reform--from a legendary leader in innovation . . . Read more...

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death

In 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby was the editor-in-chief of French Elle, the father of two young childen, a 44-year-old man known and loved for his wit, his style, and his impassioned approach to life. Read more...

The Scalpel and the Soul: Encounters with Surgery, the Supernatural, and the Healing Power of Hope

A Harvard-educated neurosurgeon reveals his experiences—in and out of the operating room—with apparitions, angels, exorcism, after-death survival, and the miracle of hope. Read more...

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition

Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say "yes"—and how to apply these understandings. Read more...

Influencer: The New Science of Leading Change, Second Edition

Whether you're a CEO, a parent, or merely a person who wants to make a difference, you probably wish you had more influence with the people in your life. Read more...

Deep Simplicity: Bringing Order to Chaos and Complexity

Over the past two decades, no field of scientific inquiry has had a more striking impact across a wide array of disciplines–from biology to physics, computing to meteorology–than that known as chaos and complexity, the study of complex systems. Read more...

Thinking, Fast and Slow

In the international bestseller, Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman, the renowned psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. Read more...

Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals About Our Everyday Deceptions

Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde, the founders of the exciting new discipline of neuromagic, have convinced some of the world’s greatest magicians to allow scientists to study their techniques for tricking the brain. Read more...

The Eureka Effect: The Art and Logic of Breakthrough Thinking

From Archimedes' discovery of the principle of water displacement while taking a bath to Einstein's Theory of Relativity, from Brunelleschi's development of perspective drawing to the Impressionist revolution, from the taming of fire to the creation of the laser, "breakthrough thinking"—that is, a sudden, seemingly unaccountable moment of inspiration—has shaped and advanced civilization. Read more...

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

Mark Twain once observed, “A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.” His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, and bogus public-health scares circulate effortlessly. Read more...

Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks, and the Hidden Powers of the Mind

From the back rooms of New York City’s age-old magic societies to cutting-edge psychology labs, three-card monte games on Canal Street to glossy Las Vegas casinos, Fooling Houdini recounts Alex Stone’s quest to join the ranks of master magicians. Read more...

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind while revolutionizing our concept of memory. Read more...

In Pursuit of Elegance: Why the Best Ideas Have Something Missing

What made the Sopranos finale one of the most-talked-about events in television history? Why is sudoku so addictive and the iPhone so darn irresistible? Read more...

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

A black swan is an event, positive or negative, that is deemed improbable yet causes massive consequences. Read more...

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets (Incerto)

Fooled by Randomness is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. Read more...


Chaos: Making a New Science

A classic from a master. - Dr. Mark Smith

From the book: "From the flapping of a butterfly's wings to the complicated rhythms of the human heart, seemingly unrelated kinds of irregularity take on new meaning when understood in terms of chaos theory. Read more...


The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization

This revised edition of Peter Senge’s bestselling classic, The Fifth Discipline, is based on fifteen years of experience in putting the book’s ideas into practice. As Senge makes clear, in the long run the only sustainable competitive advantage is your organization’s ability to learn faster than the competition. Read more...

The Myths of Innovation

From "In this new paperback edition of the classic bestseller, you'll be taken on a hilarious, fast-paced ride through the history of ideas. Author Scott Berkun will show you how to transcend the false stories that many business experts, scientists, and much of pop culture foolishly use to guide their thinking about how ideas change the world. Read more...

Mathematical Puzzles: A Connoisseur's Collection

Collected over several years by Peter Winkler, of Bell Labs, dozens of elegant, intriguing challenges are presented in Mathematical Puzzles. The answers are easy to explain, but without this book, devilishly hard to find. Read more...

How We Decide

The first book to use the unexpected discoveries of neuroscience to help us make the best decisions

Since Plato, philosophers have described the decision-making process as either rational or emotional: we carefully deliberate, or we “blink” and go with our gut.


The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less

How anyone can be more effective with less effort by learning how to identify and leverage the 80/20 principle--the well-known, unpublicized secret that 80 percent of all our results in business and in life stem from a mere 20 percent of our efforts. Read more...

Complexity: A Guided Tour

What enables individually simple insects like ants to act with such precision and purpose as a group? How do trillions of neurons produce something as extraordinarily complex as consciousness? In this remarkably clear and companionable book, leading complex systems scientist Melanie Mitchell provides an intimate tour of the sciences of complexity, a broad set of efforts that seek to explain how large-scale complex, organized, and adaptive behavior... Read more...

Creativity, Innovation, and Quality

As it becomes increasingly easy to copy technology, companies are faced with finding new methods or "tools" that can increase the human side of creativity and innovation. Brainstorming and story boarding are probably the most popular creative thinking techniques in the workplace, however, they are actually the weakest methods available. Read more...

The Visual Display of Quantitative Information

The classic book on statistical graphics, charts, tables. Theory and practice in the design of data graphics, 250 illustrations of the best (and a few of the worst) statistical graphics, with detailed analysis of how to display data for precise, effective, quick analysis. Design of the high-resolution displays, small multiples. Editing and improving graphics. Read more...

In Search of Memory

In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of Mind

Memory binds our mental life together. We are who we are in large part because of what we learn and remember. But how does the brain create memories? Nobel Prize winner Eric R. Kandel intertwines the intellectual history of the powerful new science of the mind... Read more...

Your Memory

Your Memory : How It Works and How to Improve It

Do you want to stop forgetting appointments, birthdays, and other important dates? Work more efficiently at your job? Study less and get better grades? Remember the names and faces of people you meet? The good news is that it's all possible. Read more...

The Art of Memory

The Art of Memory

A revolutionary book about mnemonic techniques, and their relation to the history of philosophy, science, and literature

The ancient Greeks, to whom a trained memory was of vital importance—as it was to everyone before the invention of printing—created an elaborate memory system, based on a technique of impressing "places" and "images" on the mind. Read more...

Self Comes to Mind

Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain

A leading neuroscientist explores with authority, with imagination, and with unparalleled mastery how the brain constructs the mind and how the brain makes that mind conscious.

Antonio Damasio has spent the past thirty years researching and and revealing how the brain works. Read more...

The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci

The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci

From the renowned historian and author of The Death of Woman Wang, a vivid and gripping account of the 16th-century missionary’s remarkable sojourn to Ming China

In 1577, the Jesuit Priest Matteo Ricci set out from Italy to bring Christian faith and Western thought to Ming dynasty China. Read more...

MI2 All Minds Meeting (MAMM)

All Minds Meeting

MI2’s Monthly All Minds Meetings offer an opportunity for MedStar Health associates to hear about innovations – at MedStar Health, in the field of health, and in other industries. Short talks by dynamic speakers and creative thinkers are interspersed with engaging exercises and experiments -- and lively discussion.

The meetings take place on the first Tuesday afternoon of every month at MI2 Headquarters at the Intelsat building in Washington DC. They are open to all MedStar Health associates and to guests by invitation. Here are a few of or past MAMMs.

Please note that the views and opinions expressed in these videos are not those of MedStar Health and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of MedStar Health.


Flirting with Complexity
Satyan Chari

Dance for Health
Amanda Newman and Ingrid Zimmer

Start-up Pitch: Power Supply
Robert Morton

Health XL: Digital Health Community
Tom Parsons

V-Sense Medical Devices
Jeff Nosanov

Comprehensive Primer in Visual Analytics
Ben Schneidermen


IBM Watson Health
Brooks Bayhdt

A New Paradigm for Return of Genomic Results
Marc S. Williams

Envisioning an #AgingWellHub
Brittany Weinberg

COTS: Gadgets for Health
Frank Prautzsch

Kit Check Company Snapshot
Kevin MacDonald

Event Flow: Visual Analysis in Healthcare Discovery
Ben Schneiderman

Creativity Connection between the Physical and the Mental
Elizabeth Delasobera

Intro to Integrative Medicine
Emily Ratner

Innovation that Matters
Patrick McAnaney

Accidents by Design
Eric Haseltine

Allan Fong

Shaival Kapadia

The Year of the Healthcare data breach
Grant Elliott

MD Agree
Kristian Marquez

Building an Innovation Culture
George Aposporos

Infield Health
Doug Naegele

Sinai Health Systems
Tanvir Mangat

BushyTail Health
Jason Hoefling and George Hwang

Annual Forum

What is an Innovations in..Thinking Differently Forum?

The Innovations in…Thinking Differently annual forum is a core initiative of the MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2) that serves to bring together the brightest minds within the MedStar Health system. These forums provide a fresh perspective on innovation, a variety of presentations designed to inspire and excite, and facilitated discussions aimed at catalyzing innovation. The forums are also an opportunity for participants to network and engage in the creative energy of MedStar Health.

The goals of the forums are to:

  • Be Provocative: Our speakers put forth interesting, stimulating, and thoughtful ideas about innovation. It’s not only about thinking differently, but also thinking about different things.
  • Showcase MedStar Health: The forums feature the tremendous talent pool inside of MedStar Health and highlight the creative minds dispersed throughout our ten-hospital system.
  • Catalyze Change: The forums are intended to create ongoing conversations related to health innovation in order to affect change in the way we think and deliver healthcare.
NOTE: The views and opinions expressed in these videos are not those of MedStar Health and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of MedStar Health.


What’s the Forum All About?




MI2's 9th Annual Innovation Forum

Innovations in... Thinking Differently


Wednesday, 7 November 2018

7:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Hyatt Regency Bethesda


The 2018 MI2 Innovation Forum was an invitation-only event hosted for MedStar Health associates. Related resources will be added for continued reference as they become available.
Please feel free to contact [email protected] with any questions.



MI2's 8th Annual Forum

Innovations in... Thinking Differently


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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

(7:30 AM)* 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM**

Hyatt Regency Hotel

Bethesda, MD


The 2017 forum brought together leaders, associates, and guests from across the MedStar Health system.

Read the reflections of two attendees here:

Eva Hochberger, Marketing & Communications Coordinator at MedStar Health Research Institute

Sharon Rodriguez, 2017-18 fellow with Health for America at MedStar Health. 

On October 11, 2016, associates from across MedStar Health and special guests
convened to participate in MI2's 7th annual Forum.
The theme: “Altered States and Extreme Conditions”

2016 – Altered States & Extreme Conditions

Innovation is extra-ordinary, it represents discontinuity, a rent in the fabric of the way we always do things, a break from the status quo. What better place to find the extraordinary than in and at the extremes -- in the extremes of our own internal mental state ("Altered States" where the mind flows) and in the extremes of situational conditions and constraints ("Extreme Conditions", where necessity is the mother or invention). Check out some feedback #mi2forum 

The Power of You’re Unconscious and Trance-Formation
Edmund A. Tori, D.O., FACP, CH
Associate Director, MI2 & Director of the Influence Center

Welcome - Altered States & Extreme Conditions
Mark Smith, MD
Chief Innovation Officer, MedStar Health & Director, MI2

Brain Tai Chi ™ – MI2’s Mind Warm-ups
Taylr Jesinger, MHA & Brittany Weinberg, MBA, MSG

Ebola: I Can’t Stay… but I Can’t Leave
Daniel Lucey, MD, Curator,
Smithsonian Museum of Natural History;
Expert on "Pan-Epidemics"
Adjunct Professor of Medicine
at Georgetown Medical and Law Centers

Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned:
The Myth of the Objective
Kenneth Stanley, PhD, MS
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science at the
University of Central Florida
Director of the Evolutionary Complexity Research Group
Coauthor of the popular science book Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned: The Myth of the Objective

Let it Flow
Emily Ratner, MD
Founding Medical Director,
MedStar Center for Integrative Medicine
Director of Integrative Medicine Initiatives
Clinical Professor Emerita,
Stanford University School of Medicine

Guided Meditation for Relaxation
Theresa Stone, MD
Internal Medicine Physician, MedStar Medical Group Integrative Medicine Specialist & Meditation Guru

It’s Right After Lunch… and I’m Sleepy
Jonathan Davis, MD
Professor & Academic Chair for Emergency Medicine,
Georgetown University School of Medicine Program Director,
Georgetown / MedStar Emergency Medicine Residency

How Extreme Conditions Propel Innovation
Susannah Fox
Chief Technology Officer at
US Department of Health and Human Services
Former Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Former Associate Director of the
Internet Project at the Pew Research Center

Wellness Visualized
Kevin Maloy, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., F.A.A.E.M.
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine Emergency Physician, MedStar Emergency Physicians, MedStar Washington Hospital Center Expert in Data Science in Healthcare, MedStar Institute for Innovation (MI2)

Lessons from Laughter
Michael Gillam, MD
CEO and Founder of HealthLabs and AthlaFormer
Founding Director of the Microsoft Healthcare Innovation Lab

Insight For A Change
Edmund A. Tori, D.O., FACP, CH
Associate Director, MI2 & Director of the Influence Center

The Light Bulb Moment: Three Mysteries
Gary Klein, PhD
Cognitive Psychologist, Founder of ShadowBox, LLC

The Nose in Front of You: How to See Missed Opportunities Staring You in the Face
Eric Haseltine, PhD
President and Managing Director, Haseltine Partners LLC

The Creativity Connection Between the
Physical and the Mental

B. Elizabeth Delasobera, MD
Director of Sports Medicine for MedStar Emergency Physicians

The Daily Zoo: Keeping the Doctor at Bay
with a Drawing a Day

Chris Ayers
Digital Artist and Hollywood Character Designer

Launching the Revolution: Unlocking the Ideas that Can Change the World
Donna Harris
Cofounder and Co-CEO of 1776

Directed Imagination: There is an App for That
Paul Plsek
Innovator-in-Residence, MedStar Institute for Innovation

Epiphany, Savantism, & the Radical Technologies Unlocking the Mind
Michael Gillam
CEO and Founder of HealthLabs and Athla

Tongue Twisters to Tailoring Tasks: Insights for Safety
Raj Ratwani, PhD
Scientific Director, National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare (MI2)

2014 – Memory

MI2 Innovations In… Thinking Differently 2014


The Beginning - Memory
Mark Smith, MD
Chief Innovation Officer, MedStar Health and Director, MI2

Memory and Illusions
Taylr Jesinger, M.H.A.
Senior Project Manager, MedStar Institute for Innovation

TSA Officers, Athletes, & Video Gamers: Study Visual Memory in Novices and Experts
Stephen Mitroff, MA, PhD
Associate Professor, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, Duke University; Research Scientist, MNRN

Mystery of Memory
Allan Hamilton, MD, FACS
Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Arizona Health Sciences Center

Your Unforgettable Introduction to How We Remember
Sarah Parker, PhD
Director of Education & Academic Affairs, National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare (MI2)

Memory Loss - the Patient and Family Experience
Eric De Jonge, MD
Director of Geriatrics, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Memory Upgrade by Design: Leveraging the Physical Environment to Help Patients with Dementia
Michael Pietrzak, MD
Senior Fellow, formerly the Director of Strategic Initiatives

Welcome and Brief Remarks
Kenneth A. Samet, FACHE
President and CEO, MedStar Health

2013 – Tell Me a Story

2013 forum

2012 – Thinking Differently

2012 infuence design flow graphic

Seduction Artists, Cult Leaders, and Con Men
Edmund A. Tori, D.O., FACP, CH
Associate Director, MI2 & Director of the Influence Center

Principles of Persuasion
Jean Hitchcock, MPA
Vice President, Public Affairs and Marketing, MedStar Health

Don't Make Me Draw
Tim Ogilvie, MS CIMS
CEO and Chief Inspiration Officer, Peer Insight

Design of Resilient Systems
Robert Wears, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.
Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida, Imperial College London

Good Design, Bad Design
Sarah Parker, PhD
Research Scientist, National Center for Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare (MI2)

Finding Flow: A Neuroscientific Perspective on the Pursuit of Purpose
Allan Hamilton, MD, FACS
Professor of Neurosurgery, University of Arizona

Relational Flow
Kate Davis, Ed.D.
Director, Learning & Organizational Development, MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

Flow To The Adjacent Possible
Amit Shah, MD, MHS
Director, MedStar Inventor Services, MI2

Mind Mapping Part I
Edmund A. Tori, D.O., FACP, CH
Associate Director, MI2 & Director of the Influence Center

Mind Mapping Part II
Edmund A. Tori, D.O., FACP, CH
Associate Director, MI2 & Director of the Influence Center

2010- Patient Safety

Patient Safety Innovation - 1 of 4
Learning from BP Oil Spill

Rollin J. Terry Fairbanks, MD, MS, FACEP
Director, National Center for Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare, MI2

Patient Safety Innovation - 2 of 4
Learning from BP Oil Spill

Rollin J. Terry Fairbanks, MD, MS, FACEP
Director, National Center for Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare, MI2

Patient Safety Innovation - 3 of 4
Learning from BP Oil Spill

Rollin J. Terry Fairbanks, MD, MS, FACEP
Director, National Center for Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare, MI2

Patient Safety Innovation - 4 of 4
Learning from BP Oil Spill

Rollin J. Terry Fairbanks, MD, MS, FACEP
Director, National Center for Human Factors Engineering in Healthcare, MI2

Competencies and Choosing Consciousness
Edmund A. Tori, D.O., FACP, CH
Associate Director, MI2 & Director of the Influence Center