I recently had the pleasure of attending the Business Innovation Factory Summit—or BIF2016—in Providence, RI. The Summit provides an opportunity for innovators across every sector, and discipline, to connect and collaborate through storytelling.
I teamed up with my buddy Ken Gordon of Continuum to process some of our thoughts about the conference...also known as a bevy of unsolicited commentary from the Peanut Gallery. And, we might have drawn on the inspiration of commentary-greats Statler and Waldorf.
Waldorf: Hey look, an orchestra of penguins! Statler: Yeah, probably took the job for the halibut!
Dear Diary: Just returned from the big #BIF2016 Summit. BIF is, for the three of you who don’t know, a lively Rhode Island-based innovation extravaganza! BIF has stories! BIF has ideas! BIF has emotion! BIF has empathy! While embedded at BIF, I hung out with my buddy, Adam Hansen, who is the co-author of the forthcoming Outsmart Your Instincts: How the Behavioral Innovation Approach Drives Your Company Forward and a long-standing member of #innochat. BIF Summits create superb networking opportunities—and Adam and I networked the heck out of this year’s event. We set up shop in the Summit’s Media Section, devices at the ready, exchanging insights, jokes, and various pieces of snarky, sometimes unpublishable commentary on Summit Happenings. When the time came to blog about #BIF2016, we realized that we could best relate the experience by producing a co-authored dialog. So we opened up a Google Doc and started typing. The edited results are below.
Ken Gordon: Let’s start with a straightforward question: What’s the most enduring insight you took away from the #BIF2016 shindig? Or, if you don’t have one of those ready at hand: What do you remember best from the event?
Adam Hansen: Ah, Gordon and Hansen reprising their Statler and Waldorf routine. I don’t have a “special” relationship with the verb to remember anymore, so I'll do my best. I feel the haziness of memory, the impressionistic texture it brings, can sometimes make for a more interesting experience. And superlatives take some time. I'll throw out some of the things that made an impression on me. Back to my Twitter feed to jostle some impressions loose.
Adam Hansen is co-author of the book, "Outsmart Your Instincts: How the Behavioral Innovation™ Approach Drives Your Company Forward," and Innovation Process Facilitator at Ideas To Go – an innovation agency that works with Fortune 500 companies to incorporate the voice of the consumer in ideation and concept development.