We live in extraordinary times. How will you lead? 
Leverage values-driven innovation to
lead your industry and create the emergent world
 

ABOUT THE FOUNDERS

Culture Creator Alicia Korten and Innovation Leader Michael Perman have joined forces to create Orange Grove Nine and forge the emerging field of VALUES-DRIVEN INNOVATION. 

Alicia Korten

 

I build values-driven cultures fueled by high-trust relationships that unleash passion, productivity and prosperity at work.  After our work together, clients commonly experience significant growth, and receive industry recognition such as best place to work and best in their industry awards. In addition to my work with Orange Grove Nine, I head the Culture Company.

My books and curriculums include Values Ignite, Values Sustain and Change Philanthropy, winner of Axiom's best business book award.

 

Clients include Levi's, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Mary's Gone Crackers, the Ford Foundation, the United Nations, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine  and the Arlington Community Federal Credit Union. 

 

I am a Fulbright Scholar, a Brown University graduate and am fluent in English and Spanish. My passion for transforming culture to drive results stems from my multicultural background. I lived in Asia, Latin America and North America and spent seven years collaborating with masters of tribe-building: Panama's Emberá, Wounaan and Kuna Indigenous Peoples.

 

I practice meditation, and live in Arlington, VA with my husband Lorne Epstein in a neighborhood of front porches and community dinners.

Michael Perman
 

I help organizations achieve growth and prosperity by galvanizing teams to think and act differently. My book Craving the Future explores the connection between human desire and innovation. In addition to my work with Orange Grove Nine, I head C'EST WHAT?, the mindful innovation firm based in Portland. 

 

Previously I served as Senior Director for Levi's Global Marketing and Consumer Insights Departments. I used the science of how our brains work to lead breakthrough product innovations that generated over $600 million in new revenue streams. We developed innovation capacity by teaching design thinking skills to more than 5,000 employees. 

 

After my work with Levi's,I became “Dean of Innovation” for the Gap, where I trained more than 3,000 employees to use their imaginative capacity to innovate new products and customer experiences. 

Client experience includes Adidas, Hyatt, Williams-Sonoma, Google, Starbucks, General Mills, Nike, Banana Republic, Levi’s, Old Navy, Canine Companions for Independence and the Naval Postgraduate School.   
 

 I am a meditation practitioner and live in Portland, Oregon with my wife and a yellow lab named Artemis. 

"No problem can be solved from the same

consciousness that created it."

--Albert Einstein

 

OG9 INNOVATION ZONES 

 

Conscious Culture + Values-Driven Innovation 

Activate the four innovation zones to seize opportunities at the intersection of turbulent markets and the world you want to create 

SET

Innovation

Strategy 

MEASURE

Innovation

Readiness

CREATE

Innovation

Framework 

TRANSFORM

Innovation

Culture 

MEASURE INNOVATION READINESS

OG9 Assessment 

Measure innovation readiness across 20 key innovation capabilities, establish common language and spark critical conversations about your forward path for growth. Survey results, stakeholder conversations and co-creative sessions spark action on capacity-building priorities in four key areas: 

  • Your Strategic Direction

  • How You Organize 

  • How You Work

  • Achieving Results

SET INNOVATION STRATEGY

OG9 Futures

Forge innovation strategies to meet your business goals that intersect emerging market opportunities with the world you want to create. The strategic lanes you forge will guide your new values-driven products, services and operational improvements over the next 3-5 years yielding growth and vitality. We deploy foresights, insights, scenario planning and other methods to enable you to make smart decisions. 

 

Skills training and memorable sensory-expanding experiences strengthen the creative journey. 

CREATE INNOVATION FRAMEWORK

OG9 Framework

Create a powerful innovation system across your organization to seize market opportunities. Learning cards help you shape impactful conversations and make strategic choices in three areas: 

Our Direction

Compass

Life Cycle

Spectrum

Risk

Portfolio

How We Organize

Centers 

Resources

Pathway

Collaboration

Governance

How We Work

Mindset

Talent

Elevation

Design

New Worlds

TRANSFORM INNOVATION CULTURE

OG9 E-Courses

 

Cultivate your staff's talent—igniting their imagination, building their innovation skills and setting a growth mindset throughout your organization. Videos, learning cards, worksheets and optional online facilitated sessions with staff cohorts illuminate five areas critical for innovation success:

  • Values

  • Empathy

  • Creativity

  • Mindfulness

  • Creating from Wholeness

 

BOOKS & CURRICULUMS

Michael Perman's CRAVING THE FUTURE outlines a step-by-step process for creating your innovation strategies.  

Alicia Korten's VALUES IGNITE 

provides a road map for discovering organizational values and igniting culture. 

Alicia Korten's VALUES SUSTAIN helps leaders and staff bring core values to life for sustained culture shifts. 

 
Contact

Alicia Korten

Culture Creator​

Tel: 703.875.9139​

alicia@orangegrovenine.com

Michael Perman

Innovation Leader

Tel: (415) 948 - 4467

michael@orangegrovenine.com

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