Stories to change the world
At BIF, we believe storytelling can change the world. We act on that belief every year with our annual BIF Summit. Explore the archive of stories through which we've been inspired, learned together, and co-created the future narrative.
Institute for Exploration and University of Rhode Island
Robert Ballard is best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic. Ballard is director of the University of Rhode Island's Institute for Archaeological Oceanography.
Founder and CEO
As consumers, we are all word-of-mouth marketers. We buy a product, love it and share our opinion with a couple of our friends. Conversely, if we hate the product, well we certainly don't keep that view to ourselves. Either way, what we say can have a dramatic impact on a company's bottom line.
Of course the difficulty for marketers is creating the right kind of buzz with enough momentum to carry it over the tipping point. Dave Balter, founder and CEO of BzzAgent and his network of 300,000 volunteer agents believe they've figured out a way to crack that code.
Reimagining Corporate Innovation Strategy For The 21st Century
Brandon Barnett is a pioneer in strategy development through a hands-on process of systems transformation. His goal is to reveal the hidden forces that reshape industries and discover actionable levers that steer transformation for the good of the organization and society. Currently, Brandon is Director of Corporate Strategy at Intel Corporation where he works in areas ranging from the Internet of Things to Artificial Intelligence. He thrives leading diverse teams to adopt big data, ethnography, and complex systems techniques to find unseen opportunities in uncertain and rapidly changing ecosystems.
Read his Story
Fourteen-year-old Camille Beatty makes robots with her Dad (Robert) and eleven-year-old sister Genevieve. Last year they built two Mars Rover replicas for the New York Hall of Science. While her specialty is machining, she also loves riding horses and playing the piano.
Founders of Blue Shirt Nation
Steve Bendt and Gary Koelling are two of the more unusual change agents you're likely to come across. Laid-back hipsters with modest demeanors, they shatter the myth of typical change agents who are aggressive, decisive and demanding.
Yet somehow this duo managed to create something most established companies only dream of: real and informed employee engagement that cuts across boundaries, silos, departments and disciplines.
Chris Benedict, R.A.
Co-Founder and CEO
President and Chief Executive Officer
Alph Bingham is a pioneer in the field of open innovation and advocate of collaborative approaches to research and development. He is co-founder and former CEO of InnoCentive, Inc..
Coaching Executives To Shift Their Minds And Open Their Hearts
President & CEO,
Neighborhood Centers, Inc.
Through her more than thirty years of experience, thought leader Angela Blanchard has reached an epiphany: A community should be defined by its strengths, resources, achievements and hopes – not its degree of “brokenness”. As a result of her unwavering and passionate efforts as president and CEO of Neighborhood Centers Inc., Blanchard has extended this community development framework throughout the Houston region to impact over 500,000 people a year.