01/08/2013 08:56 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Perspective X: How Collaboration Can Help Solve Complex Problems

The world is changing every day, perhaps every minute. How are people from all walks of life--from young entrepreneurs to established business leaders to government officials--viewing change not as an obstacle but as an opportunity? Cisco produced the Perspective X interview series to illustrate how we can use innovation today to create impact tomorrow.

The government isn't always pointed to as a source of innovation; Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, a former businessman and two-term mayor of Denver, is one elected official who's using a very innovative approach to changing the way the government operates. Governor Hickenlooper is featured in this week's installment of Cisco's Perspective X series, where we share great lessons from fantastic people. I sat down with John when we were both visiting the campus of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Business just outside of Chicago. John is a geologist turned entrepreneur, and before entering politics owned several Denver-area restaurants and the Wynkoop Brewing Company brewpub.

Governor Hickenlooper truly understands how to foster good collaboration and how to bring outside expertise in for different viewpoints. His unique view is "at work and at play, we're around people who don't always agree with us. And if all we're doing is trying to change how the other person thinks, we accomplish nothing." John talks to us here about creating a sense of shared ownership and common ground to help solve complex problems--something rare in today's politically charged landscape.

It was a real pleasure talking with Governor Hickenlooper. I hope you enjoy the latest in our Perspective X series. Let us know about what inspires you to create the change you seek!

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