All this week on TheBlaze TV, Glenn will be outlining his vision for 2013 and the role that The American Dream Labs will play this year and in the years to come. While Glenn has teased the American Dream Labs in the past, this week will mark the first time he takes viewers into the plans he has for the group and the projects that they are currently working on. On tonight’s episode, Glenn hinted at what was to come over the next few weeks and detailed some of the legendary American figures who are models for the type of innovation the American Dream Labs will be trying to replicate in the next few years.
“This is not just about the future of TheBlaze, not just the future of the entire TV industry. Believe it or not, revolutionizing how the news is delivered and how a network is run is the smallest of our many, many dreams. All this week I’m going to give you a glimpse into those dreams. I do that knowing that some will mock, others will dismiss. But that’s OK. Every era of change has those who are resistant to it and those who like the comfort of the status quo or those who wish to spend their free time or their creative time mocking. It’s time to stop worrying about what others are doing and wonder why are we here,” Glenn said as he opened the show.
“The scope of what I’m going to show you this week of what we want to accomplish in the American Dream Labs is enormous. Food, farming, energy, transportation, healthcare, news, technology, information, you name it. But we will not limit the range of our innovation, but it is going to take a massive effort,” Glenn said.
Glenn asked viewers to take a leap of faith with him on the journey of the American Dream Labs, and said that with the support of his audience the Dream Labs could change the fabric of information, technology, entertainment, and more.
Glenn explained that this week each show would focus on a different area of innovation that the American Dream Labs will address. On Tuesday, Glenn will focus on global news and information as well as “research and development”. Wednesday, Glenn will bring people into the Labs working on farming, energy, and advertising. On Thursday? Glenn’s only hints were “Galt’s Gulch” and the “Man in the Moon”. Friday be a Q&A show with Glenn and the audience.
Glenn also revealed three American Dream Labs are already set up in three locations across the globe. In Dallas, TX, Glenn directs work on “energy, innovation, and high tech”. Glenn announced that an entertainment, history, and farming Dream Lab has just been built in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also revealed that he has partnered with a group in New Zealand that are working on a “Tesla Project”. According to Glenn, few people on his own staff were aware of the Dream Labs in Utah and New Zealand.
But on tonight’s show, Glenn focused on two legendary American icons who have laid the ground work for innovation, imagination, and vision that have inspired the American Dream Labs: Thomas Edison and Walt Disney.
“I want to show you where I’m coming from so you can see the big picture,” Glenn explained.
Glenn went into the history of Thomas Edison, explaining how Edison made bold claims about cheap lighting from incandescent light bulbs that would make gas lamps obsolete. He was attacked by the press and by his critics, but in the end he was successful because he and his team worked hard and experimented with every resource available to create a practical, working light bulb. He made fulfilled his promises, despite the criticisms.
Glenn modeled his initial design of his Texas studio off of Edison’s laboratory in Menlo Park, NJ, but opted to focus on actual innovation rather than showcasing existing inventions.
Glenn also focused on Walt Disney, who also had his own private company dedicated to innovation – WED Enterprises, which developed over a hundred patents and changed not only movies and television, but also amusement parks. Walt’s biggest dream, possibly best captured in his original plan for EPCOT, was to change the way people lived and worked in towns across America. He wasn’t just focused on the Park or the studios; he was focused on improving people’s lives.
This past summer, Glenn won at auction Walt Disney’s Disneyland Prospectus, a document that outlined Walt’s original vision for the theme park. Walt had hoped the document would help get him the investors he needed to build Disneyland, and when he had little success he left it on an office desk. Glenn bought it at auction because it represented not only a grand vision, but a vision that was always changing and improving through imagination and innovation. Glenn promised this document would play an important role in the days ahead as he rolled out his announcements and plans for the American Dream Labs.
Glenn explained that Walt Disney spent his time on smaller projects like “The Dancing Man” and miniature trains and towns. At the time, he had no idea why his mind was occupied with such things, but these ideas led to the animatronics and designs found in Disneyland today. Glenn said that much like Walt, some of the small things he is working on will in some fashion influence bigger plans down the road.