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Virtual Curiouser & Curiouser: Insights From Our Second July 2020 Innovation Showcase

Updated: Feb 14, 2022

At refine+focus, we aim to create community and foster a culture of continuous learning. We recently held our signature event,  Curiouser & Curiouser, which brings these objectives together to grow innovative ideas and build new relationships. Read all about the exciting ideas that our team brought to the table below.

The Curiouser & Curiouser Event

On July 28th, we were delighted to host our second Curiouser of the month. We gathered around the virtual table to each share something that intrigues or excites us. The ideas were as fascinating as ever, covering a range of topics that allowed us to touch on a little bit of everything.

Here are the highlights:

Nupura Bhise shared a painting that inspired her with its mix of hues and unique technique.

Carolina Fowler made the case for mindfulness in the workplace and beyond through her discussion of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. 

Eduardo Pujol recommended Papa, an innovative app that promises “grandkids on-demand” and empowers young people to support seniors through quality time or running simple errands.


Daniel Goldstein pondered how the sports industry has been rallying to recreate the experience of in-person events, reflecting on the way the community has had to adapt to COVID-19.

Barron Caster observed that  the Five Love Languages, a framework for relationships, maps surprisingly well onto the workplace, drawing from this SlideShare.

Anne-Fleur Vaartjes admired the way a 2013 “Britain’s Got Talent” audition used abstract thinking to create something unique and beautiful. 

Neeraj Chandra recommended Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, and discussed both how to build systems that can withstand shock and how he’s incorporated the concept of antifragility into his life.

Purnima Thakre led an exercise in sitting with silence and checking in with oneself, offering a few selections from 13 Life Learnings From 13 Years of Brain Pickings.”

Greg Harris shared his musings on the cultural impact of the 1918 Spanish influenza and read a selection from William Butler Yeats’ The Second Coming.”


Estrella Spans expressed her enthusiasm over neuromarketing and drew upon a few points from Blindsight by Matt Johnson & Prince Ghuman.

Zach Braiker closed the evening by recognizing how COVID-19 has spurred a digital health revolution, offering the hopeful observation that there are silver linings to the current crisis.

Our second July innovation showcase

An Invitation

Want to join our next innovation showcase? Have a new idea that you’d like to share? Reach out to us at and we will let you know if a spot opens up.

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