Ilana Ben-Ari

Ilana Ben-Ari

It was wonderful being a part of theEVENT 2021. Thanks for having me and feel free to download my slides at

Feel free to follow me and Linkedin, Twitter, and Instagram.

You can learn more about me here and signup for my monthly ask me anything "coffee tawks" where I answer questions around business, design, manufacturing, and all things bootstrapping.

If you'd like to try playing our Empathy Toy or Failure Toy Online, we run free workshops once a week (and no need to have a toy to play). You can signup here to get a special invite to our upcoming sessions.

Below are a few key takeaways and resources for you. Enjoy!

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Toy inventor turned social entrepreneur

1. when starting a conversation, project, or complex challenge, understanding is more important than knowing

2. empathy does not mean agreement

3. being good at empathy means getting comfortable with discomfort




Must-read books:

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull

Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World by Tony Wagner


Here's a podcast I've been listening to lately: 
Power Rangers: Haim Saban