Earlier this month I attended an interesting conference called BIF-6, hosted by the Business Innovation Factory. This was the sixth installment of this event, held in beautiful Providence, Rhode Island. The organizer, Saul Kaplan, and his team did an excellent job pulling this event together in a very appropriate matter - comfortable enough, but not overly extravagant.
Each speaker had 15 minutes to tell a story related to innovation. Some speakers used support images, but PowerPoint slides were strictly forbidden. In general, the speakers were excellent. Some of them took certain liberties in extending personal experiences into doubtful generalizations, but most stayed within the limits of recounting their stories or connecting them with established knowledge.
There were so many great stories, that I won’t even attempt to list them all. However, I will say that John Maeda (RISD), Peter Menzel & Faith D’Alusio (Material World, Hungry Planet), Don Tapscott (Wikinomics), Dale Dougherty (Make Magazine),Richard Satava (DARPA), Gerard Van Grinsven (Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital) and Carmen Medina (ex-deputy director of CIA) all gave outstanding talks on topics ranging from Media to Ethics to Management.