BiF-4 Insights – Joe Coughlin – Age Lab (MIT)

We are going to be living longer but we haven’t thought about how. How do we realign individual behavior or expectations? We enjoy living longer because we can do things. How will transportation evolve? 70% of Americans live with no access to public transport or a lousy level of service How do we reinvent caregiving and self-care? How are we ...

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BiF-4 Insights – Richard Saul Wurman – Author and founder of TED Conference

Currently working on a project called 19.20.21 Founding principle is that it is currently impossible to compare city data or city maps across cities This may seem crazy that you can’t, but it was actually 99 years after the publishing of the Bible by Gutenberg before pagination was invented. Storytelling must set context: You must start from the point of ...

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BiF-4 Insights – Blue Shirt Nation

Steve Bendt and Gary Koelling both came from an advertising background and so we went out and started pitching this idea we had of a social network for employees (Blue Shirt Nation) Everyone we talked to was supportive and referred us to someone else, until we went in a big circle But nobody wanted to put up any money So ...

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BiF-4 Insights – Richard Satava – University of Washington

Permission to fail and not micro-managing R&D teams is key. Have to think about shrink-wrapping maintenance and long-term service. Operationalizing technology is not easy– Many projects fail in operationalization “Technology Readiness Levels”– Learn More Once a technology reaches consumer acceptance, potentially innovation stops. Gas to induce suspended animation?– Learn More For more information on the talk, go here.

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BiF-4 Insights – James Ludwig – Steelcase

Gen Y Research: We now will have four generations in the workplace at same time How they work How they interact Tech savvy Have a lot of experiences They demand the best in technology immediately Gen Y is more motivated by having access to the latest than by money They also enjoy accessibility and collaboration Collaboration is now part of ...

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BiF-4 Insights – Jason Fried – 37Signals

Jason Fried of 37Signals.com told a story about his decision to learn how to cook. What he found is that he ended up buying his cooking gear from people who were teaching him things. The cookbooks and the cooking gear were from famous chefs. “Why don’t companies have cooking shows?” “Can you out-teach or out-share the competition?” The 37signals hiring ...

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BiF-4 Insights – Curt Columbus – Trinity Rep

Curt Columbus heads up Providence’s Trinity Rep theater company and started off his talk speaking about Robert D. Putnam’s book “Bowling Alone“. Here are some of they key insights from Curt’s storytelling session: “We lack places for random interaction.” “We sit on airplanes next to people we never talk to…” “The end of democracy lies in that isolation from random ...

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