Drs. Eric Haseltine and Chris Gilbert to speak at CL Museum

Drs. Eric Haseltine and Chris Gilbert to speak at CL MuseumThe China Lake Museum and Foundation is sponsoring Dr. Eric Haseltine and Dr. Chris Gilbert, who are presenting their new book “Riding the Monster: Five ways to innovate inside bureaucracies” on Sept 14 at 6:30 pm at the Marriott Conference Room, 113 E. Sydnor Ave, Ridgecrest, CA. They will have books to sell and sign to benefit the China Lake Museum and Foundation, as a fundraiser to help “keep the doors open” to the Museum. Their donated books are for sale in the China Lake Museum Gift Shop at 130 East Las Flores in Ridgecrest after their presentation.

Dr. Haseltine, a “China Lake native,” returns as a very entertaining speaker and author, writing from his varied background, best known locally as “Mr. Disney Imagineer”. He is a named inventor on 64 patents and former Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering. He served as Director of Research at NSA and Director of Science and Technology for the U.S. Intelligence Community, hired shortly after 9-11 to improve communications between elements of the Intelligncce Community. Currently Chairman of the Board of the US Technology Leadership Council, he is author of four books on innovation, science and technology, including his espionage techno-thriller “The Spy In Moscow Station” which has lessons learned in the Intelligence Community that are still applicable today. His book “Long Fuze, Big Bang” was written from his experience growing up in China Lake during the invention of Sidewinder, where he learned to appreciate the creative history of China Lake, a culture well worth retaining.

Dr. Chris Gilbert MD PhD, Eric’s spouse, is a writer and speaker who has pioneered innovative techniques in holistic and integrative medicine, described in her book on mind-body medicine, The Listening Cure. Dr. Gilbert, who had private practices in France and California and served with Doctors Without Borders in Africa and Asia, is also a certified specialist in Hyperbaric Medicine and regularly serves as medical consultant to TV and Motion Picture productions.

The summary from the cover of their new book “Riding the Monster”, starts with the question

“Why do so many game-changing innovations start on a napkin sketch in restaurants vs. drafting tables inside monster bureaucracies that famously chew up and spit out innovation? We answer that question— and show how to innovate inside big bureaucracies — with stories of five game-changers:

A pentagon executive discovered an innovative way to cut casualties from roadside bombs at an informal dinner meeting. Then worked under the nose of the Pentagon monster to swiftly get the life-saving innovation to the battlefield.

A lowly graduate student helped lay the foundation of the Internet by collecting regular conversations at a Chinese Restaurant in Palo Alto.

A Disney executive forged a deal to bring a breakthrough in Augmented Reality to market over drinks at a bar in San Francisco.

A Washington DC insider catalyzed numerous game-changing national security innovations by creating “supper clubs” where different actors in the innovation “food chain” could brush elbows, eat, drink and tell war stories.

A Pentagon staffer “abused” existing military tech to cut IED deaths in two short months

These five game-changers kicked off big innovations over meals or at a bar and they all succeeded spectacularly inside monster bureaucracies by employing highly informal strategies not taught in any business school or book on innovation.”

Eric Haseltine PhD is a named inventor on 64 patents, and former Executive Vice President of Walt Disney Imagineering. He served as Director of Research at NSA and Director of Science and Technology for the U.S. Intelligence Community. Currently Chairman of the Board of the US Technology Leadership Council, he is author of 4 books on innovation, science and technology, including his espionage techno-thriller: The Spy In Moscow Station and his most recent book with co-author Dr. Chris Gilbert: Riding the Monster: Five ways to innovate inside bureaucracies.

Courtesy photo: Dr. Eric Haseltine and Dr. Chris Gilbert

Story First Published: 2021-09-10