Riversimple—New Car, New Business Model
September 13, 2010
Hosted by John D. Schmidt
Hugo Spowers, entrepreneur-engineer and founder of Riversimple LLP, a company whose purpose is to build cars while systematically eliminating environmental damage, joins ZOOM’D to explore Riversimple’s new energy efficient hydrogen vehicle—and the innovative whole-system business model behind it. Hugo brings to life his years spent designing racing cars and the evolution of Riversimple’s first project, a two seat local car powered by hydrogen fuel cells and a novel “network electric” design offering 300 mpg fuel efficiency. Riversimple is breaking new ground, including business strategies and a governance structure that create an optimum blend of collaboration and competition, alignment among interests, and open source access across users, investors, suppliers, staff, neighbors, and the environment. Join Hugo and ZOOM’D host John Schmidt as they describe rich new opportunities available to local communities through Riversimple and its flexible scale of production alternatives.
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John D. Schmidt
John D. Schmidt is the founder and CEO of Avastone Consulting, an international consultancy committed to the vitality and sustainability of client organizations and the larger global community. He serves as advisor to global corporations and nongovernmental enterprises, and is a thinker, designer, and practitioner in integral approaches to complex challenges and human development.
John’s expertise offers a rich foundation for ZOOM’D. He is a seasoned consultant with 30 years experience in getting to the heart of matters, discerning what is really going on, and framing appropriate actions. He focuses on deep understanding—listening for surface realities—and deeper truth. He makes sense of complexity, integrating the long view with the here-and-now.
John values the interiority of life and how the developmental nature of mindsets shapes the world we live in—across economic, social, and environmental arenas. He is dedicated to his own growth and contemplative practice, spending 25 days per year in retreat. He is creatively gifted in developing other leaders through deep immersion experiences.
John serves as guest faculty and contributor to learning institutes, universities, and community service organizations. He is a board member of the SHIFT Foundation (which develops young global leaders) and Kosmos Journal (a voice of global awakening). He passionately pursues active enjoyments of life—he is a road cyclist, skier, fly fisher—and lover of the ocean.