INNOVATION

BIF-8 kicks off at Trinity Rep.

PBN PHOTO/EMILY GREENHALGH
BUSINESS INNOVATION FACTORY'S Saul Kaplan kicked off the BIF-8 Summit to a sold-out crowd on Wednesday at Trinity Repertory Company.
Posted 9/19/12

PROVIDENCE - A sold-out crowd of more than 400 from eight countries filed into the auditorium at Trinity Repertory Company on Wednesday for the first day of the Business Innovation Factory’s BIF-8 summit.

Designed to create a community rather than just an event, the 30-odd storytellers are meant to instruct, intrigue and inspire attendees over the next two days.

When asked, nearly two-thirds of the crowd raised their hands to indicate that they were first timers at the summit.

After some technical difficulties getting his slides started, BIF’s self-titled “chief catalyst” Saul Kaplan kicked off the event, talking to the audience about the importance of innovation and people-based transformational change.

“We have to learn the life skill of reinventing ourselves and constantly learning. … If we can learn how to reinvent ourselves, we can change organizations, communities and the rest of the world,” said Kaplan, former director of the R.I. Economic Development Corporation.

A theme throughout Kaplan’s speech was the benefit of what he called “random collisions,” the breaks between the presenters that allow the audience members to brainstorm and discover connections amongst themselves. “[BIF-8] is a way to enable these random collisions so that we can find the value in the grey areas between us,” said Kaplan, adding that there is a lot of work to be done.

“We’ve grown up in an era where we’ve been dependent on institutions, both public and private. But institutions are not going to lead the next way. We’re going to do that. The future is going to be created by us,” said Kaplan.

With a picture of his one-year-old granddaughters on the screen behind him, Kaplan asked “Why?” Why innovate? Why insight change? The answer: “We need to make it better for them. We should leave [the world] a little better and a little stronger than the way we found it.”

“There’s a lot of transformation work for all of us to do together and time’s a wasting,” said Kaplan, who was just the introductory speaker at the event. This year’s storytellers vary in age, culture, education and disciplines and include CEOs, authors, professors, artists and a 14-year-old entrepreneur, among others.

For those interested in watching the speeches, a BIF-8 livestream is available at: www.businessinnovationfactory.com/bif-8/watch-live.

Calendar
PBN Hosted
Events

Join PBN for the best networking event and party of the winter - January 15, 2015 - the Book of Lists Party at the Providence Public Library. Reserve your spot by December 31st and get a holiday gift from PBN!
  • Best Places to Work
    Enrollment is now open for the 7th annual Best Places to Work program. Winners w ...
  • Manufacturing Awards
    Applications are now being accepted for the 2nd Annual Manufacturing Awards. Dea ...
Advertisement
Purchase Data
Book of Lists
Lists
Book of Lists cover
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.
Data icons
Data can be purchased as single lists, in either Excel or PDF format; the entire database of the published book, in Excel format; or a printed copy of the Book of Lists.
  • Purchase an e-File of a single list
  •  
  • Purchase an e-File of the entire Book of Lists database
  •  
  • Purchase a printed copy of the Book of Lists
  •  
    National
    Local
    Latest News
    Advertisement