In our globalized, social network-connected, ideas-driven economy, the key to success is through innovation. It's how we improve and upend existing infrastructures, may it be in field of education or energy strategy or politics and policy. It's how people in the areas of media, sports and culture make their marks, and cement their legacies. It's how social norms change and how emerging themes develop. It's how we as a society move forward in the 21st century.
Leading through innovation is what the 15 "Featured Doers" in HuffPost's inaugural Spotlight Series are all about. Some are recognizable, bold-faced names. Others are not. But, in varying degrees, HuffPost's "Featured Doers" are people doing amazing things, all innovators and trend-setters in their respective fields:
* Peter Gelb, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, America's largest classical music organization
* James Cameron, Oscar-winning director, and producer and screenwriter of the groundbreaking "Avatar"
* Chloe Sladden, Twitter's director of media partnerships
* Baratunde Thurston, comedian, author, TV host and pundit
* Ashton Kutcher, new media mogul and film and television actor and producer
* Elon Musk, Silicon Valley entrepreneur extraordinaire
* Jamie Oliver, chef, restaurateur and author
Read their bios. Post them questions in our comments box, and vote on the questions submitted by other HuffPost readers. The top 5 finalists who receive the most questions will be interviewed by HuffPost -- and answer top questions from our HuffPost community. In the coming weeks, HuffPost's Spotlight Series will roll out our original video interviews with the top 5 finalists.
It's no coincidence that the word innovation starts with the letter "I" -- because you (yes, you) have a role to play. HP, our partner in this inaugural video series, has introduced "Do Amazing: Tell Us What You Can Do," an online contest in which participants can nominate themselves or someone they know who are doing amazing things.
Get inspired, and vote away.