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Editor’s Note: This post was contributed by Josh Jones-Dilworth, co-founder of the Culturati Summit and CEO of JDI.

In his brilliant introduction to this year’s NewCo Shift Forum, our friend John Battelle wrote that “increasingly, business is how our society works through our most pressing questions.” We couldn’t agree more. Read on to see what Josh Jones-Dilworth has to say on culture building in 2018 and beyond.

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Drum roll please . . . . Basecamp’s Jason Fried and Wailin Wong are our first announced keynotes for 2018 #CulturatiSummit. #JasonFried is the co-founder and CEO of @Basecamp, a software company based in Chicago. He is the co-author of Getting Real, Remote: Office Not Required, and the New York Times Bestseller, Rework. #WailinWong is a writer and podcast producer at Basecamp. She previously worked as a business journalist at the Chicago Tribune and Dow Jones Newswires. Wong is the sole reporter for #TheDistance, a podcast about businesses that are at least 25 years old. Some of our favorite episodes describe a Chicago laundromat that became a de facto community center by offering free pizza, immigration seminars, and children’s reading programs to patrons, an Atlanta barber shop with phenomenal employee retention (in a few cases, over 40 years!), and a family-owned manufacturing company which executed a seamless succession plan. Basecamp’s purpose is not just to save time, but to make time at work better for its users. The goal of the product is also the goal of the company, and Fried’s investment in his employee’s ability to make the best use of time is not only evident in Fried’s books and TEDx talk on “Why Work Doesn’t Happen at Work,” but also Basecamp policies such as a 4-day workweek for 4 months of the year, and granting each employee the choice of where to work. Fried eschews the startup goal of exponential growth in favor of steadily building a private company that has been profitable every year. Wong, with the unique perspective she’s gained as a reporter on long-term businesses, will be a great stage partner for Fried, who is striving to build a long-term company with an exceptional #companyculture. We can't wait to hear what Jason and Wailin will discuss on stage, and we hope to see you there. Learn more at

We're busy planning the best #CulturatiSummit yet, and June 30 is the deadline to register early as a returning Culturati member at a discounted price. Early registrants will be invited to a round of summer CEO dinners. If you are a past attendee, check your email for your individual registration code. #corporateculture #csuite

Planning is underway for the 2018 #CulturatiSummit, and early registration for past attendees is open through June 30. Early registrants will receive an invitation to one of five summer Culturati dinners hosted by five Austin CEOs. Check your inbox for your code! #corporateculture #companyculture #csuite

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Culturati Speaker Andy Fleming is co-author of "An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization," which won in the category of “Best Management and Workplace Culture Book of 2016" in the 2016 800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards. Registered for the 1/31 Culturati Summit in Austin? You'll receive a copy! #culturatisummt #ddo #waytogrowinc #corporateculture #andyfleming

Welcome to David Neff as a #CulturatiSummit speaker. As an award-winning author, speaker, teacher and consultant he has been driving innovation and digital strategy work with Fortune 500 clients and nonprofits for over 16 years. He'll lead a presentation on "The Culture of Innovation" at the Jan. 31 Summit.

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