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.
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.
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."
OG9 INNOVATOR SYSTEM
Activate four innovation zones to seize opportunities at the intersection of turbulent markets and the world you want to create.
Synergize zones for exponential results.
MEASURE INNOVATION READINESS
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
SET INNOVATION STRATEGY
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
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:
How We Organize
How We Work
TRANSFORM INNOVATION CULTURE
OG9 Innovator Mindset Online Learning Experience
Cultivate your staff's talent—igniting their imagination, building their innovation skills and setting a growth mindset throughout your organization. Videos, worksheets and optional online facilitated sessions with staff cohorts teach nine skills critical for innovation success:
Grow Your Grove
Define Your Creative Quest
Build Your Team
Act with Intention
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.