Author Archives : Mark Stinson


C.H.E.M. book review: Never Eat Alone — and Other Secrets to Success One Relationship at a Time, by Keith Ferrazzi.

            “You could ask any accomplished CEO or entrepreneur or professional how they achieved their success, and I guarantee you will hear very little business jargon. What you will mostly hear about are the people who helped pave their way, if they’re honest and not too caught up in their own success,” writes Keith Ferrazzi. Lately, I’ve been going through my library to look back on — and to update — some important innovation influences. And I’m writing a series of book reviews using my C.H.E.M. Persuasion Model for communications effectiveness: Connect – to fit […]


Group innovation process applied to the year’s biggest hit

There was no pressure. It was just another day in the recording studio. That was the key to writing Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” which has been on the Hot 100 since it was released on Jan. 6, and topped Billboard’s year-end singles chart. It’s a tale of romance sketched in mundane details — “now my bedsheets smell of you” — with four chords delivered in plinking, dancehall-tinged syncopation. The song has drawn more than 2.8 billion views on YouTube and is also the most-played track ever on Spotify, with more than 1.5 billion streams. Like many current pop hits, “Shape […]


Meditation Matters: interview with Daniel Goleman & Richard Davidson by Richard Gere   Recently updated !

Richard Gere talks with the New York Times-bestselling authors as they unveil new research showing what meditation can really do for the brain. https://livestream.com/accounts/1249127/events/7688259/videos/162344653/player?width=640&height=360&enableInfo=true&defaultDrawer=&autoPlay=false&mute=false   In the last twenty years, meditation and mindfulness have gone from being kind of cool to becoming an omnipresent Band-Aid for fixing everything from your weight to your relationship to your achievement level. In their new book, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body, Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson show us the truth about what meditation can really do for us, as well as exactly how to get the most […]


Al Jalila announces 2 Emirati recipients of mental health fellowships

      Last month in Dubai, the Al Jalila Foundation, in partnership with The Carter Center, has announced two UAE recipients of the 2017-2018 Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism program. Selected from a pool of highly competitive applicants, the two Emiratis join the 21st annual class and 200 journalists who have been awarded the fellowships to date from around the world. The program is the first mental health fellowship program for journalists in the Middle East, launched in 2016 in the UAE by Al Jalila Foundation with two journalism Fellows. Dr Raja Easa Al Gurg, Chairperson of […]


Experiencing facts with a fresh perspective — and the results you can achieve

  Here is an instance from my he bio-pharma work when N-of-8 listening and research produced significant results. A mid-sized biopharmaceutical company with a promising pipeline of new therapies exemplified this.  Back in 2003, the drugs in research seemed to be in disparate categories:  Crohn’s disease, MS, and Alzheimer’s disease.  Then during N-of-8 groups, we asked a naïve question, “Is there any connection between them?”  This childlike curiosity led us on an intriguing pursuit of a neuro-gastro commonality and we found an emerging appreciation of the brain-gut connection. By looking at the company’s existing research with a fresh perspective, we […]


N-of-8 Advisory Boards: a typical agenda

            This kind of agenda allows you to explore many aspects of your brand assumptions in a structured, guided way.  For example, you’ll better understand why patients might prefer a new agent, why physicians might consider your new device more progressive medicine, or why laboratory directors might regard your new test as a simpler process of diagnosis. When we facilitate an N-of-8 group, I have a separate team in the room whose jobs it is to listen and translate.  Not just transcribe or take the notes.  But to listen toward certain issues, topics, and subjects.  […]


Rally for Medical Research planned 9/14 in Washington, DC

The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research published an ad in the Wall Street Journal and Politico on May 23, 2017, thanking Congress for its support of medical research and recommending continued progress in FY 2018. The Ad Hoc Group for Medical Research is a coalition of patient and voluntary health groups, medical and scientific societies, academic and research organizations, and industry that support enhancing the federal investment in the biomedical, behavioral, and population-based research conducted and supported by the NIH. More than 300 organizations and institutions across the NIH stakeholder community recommend $36.2 billion for NIH in FY 2018, including funds provided through […]


Book review: THE ANTIDOTE, by Barry Werth

    “Today’s medicines can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. The story of how two companies set prices for their costly new drugs suggests that the way we determine the value of such treatments will help decide the future of our health-care system,” writes Barry Werth in the MIT Technology Review.   In “A Tale of Two Drugs,”, he writes that the advent of these more targeted, more effective drugs will introduce the prospect of ever-rising prices, highly effective and ultra-­expensive so-called orphan drugs like Kalydeco may impose a stricter rubric for determining the price of all […]


13 Ways the Proposed Health-Care Bill Would Affect Your Taxes: read my new Kindle book, “ACHA & BCRA Bills”

I’ve published a book with the full text of House version of The American Health Care Act of 2017 (H.R. 1628), along with the Senate’s proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act. It includes my introduction and commentary on key implications. In the debate around the health care law, it’s unclear how (or how soon) Congress will make modifications to resolve all their differences. Until then, we should all get informed on the most important proposed changes that would affect us. Repeal of “individual mandate” penalty on those without “adequate” health insurance coverage The Obamacare legislation imposed the so-called individual mandate, which is […]


AHCA & BCRA Bills: Complete Texts of American Health Care Act and the Better Care Reconciliation Act

Consider reading the full health care bill and letting your Senator know you’re an informed citizen. That’s why I was motivated to publish and share the full text of The American Health Care Act and now, a second edition updated with the Better Care Reconciliation Act. How Congress will resolve their differences, and how quickly, is unclear. But one things IS clear: the patients can’t wait – nor can the doctors, the hospitals, the insurers, and all of us as stakeholders in health care. Now on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/AHCA-BCRA-Bills-Representatives-Reconciliation/dp/1548374873/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1498598140&sr=1-1&keywords=bcra