What does it say about being forward-thinking that venerable banking houses and cottage industries alike have gone multi-platform and even your parents have a social-networking strategy? It's increasingly clear that terms like 3.0 are worth exactly 0.0. Today's innovators are too busy actually innovating—challenging orthodoxies, shifting paradigms, redefining industries—to tout dictionary-ready catchphrases. These 16 game-changers in the worlds of entertainment, politics, fashion, and technology would rather leave the slogans for the suckers chasing their own long tails. Which makes sense: Being visionary means setting your sights beyond the horizon, on the things yet unshaped and unnamed.

    [__Justin Bieber__](/culture-trends/critical-eye/201010/singer-justin-bieber-sb-management-founder-scooter-braun), Singer

Scooter Braun, Founder, SB Management

    [__Alex Kipman__](/culture-trends/critical-eye/201010/alex-kipman-chad-griffin-jason-blum), Director of Incubation, *Microsoft XBOX*







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    [__Chad Griffin__](/culture-trends/critical-eye/201010/alex-kipman-chad-griffin-jason-blum?currentPage=2), President, *American Foundation for Equal Rights*







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    [__Jason Blum__](/culture-trends/critical-eye/201010/alex-kipman-chad-griffin-jason-blum?currentPage=3), President, *Blumhouse Productions*
    [__Will Arnett & Jason Bateman__](/culture-trends/critical-eye/201010/dumb-dumb-cofounders-will-arnett-jason-bateman), Cofounders, *Dumbdumb*







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    [__Nathan Daschle__](/culture-trends/critical-eye/201010/republican-nick-ayers-democrat-nathan-daschle), Executive Director, *Democratic Governors Association*

Nick Ayers, Executive Director, Republican Governors Association

    [__Yancey Strickler & Perry Chen__](/culture-trends/critical-eye/201010/strickler-chen-kickstarter-auerbach-wong-gilt-man), Cofounders, *Kickstarter*







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    [__John Auerbach__](/culture-trends/critical-eye/201010/strickler-chen-kickstarter-auerbach-wong-gilt-man?currentPage=2), General Manager, *Gilt Man*

Chris Wong, Head Buyer, Gilt Man

Julie Greenwald, COO, Atlantic Records

Jeff Gomez, Cofounder, Starlight Runner

Mark Pensavalle, Cofounder, Starlight Runner

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