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. 

Mentoring Both Startups And Students In Innovation And Strategy

For more than 25 years, Deb Mills-Scofield has helped companies create and implement actionable, adaptable, measurable, and profitable innovation-based strategies. She works with "startups and upstarts" — small, medium, and big global companies in the service, manufacturing, and high-tech sectors.

She also mentors Brown University students in the Entrepreneurship Program, the Women's Launch Pad Program, the Social Innovation Fellowship, the Brown/RISD STEAM Initiative, and several student startups.

Helping Non-Geeks Understand The Rise Of Technology


Veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg announced in spring 2017 that he would be retiring within the year, after reinventing himself "five or six times" since starting his journalism career in 1970.

Mossberg was a tech visionary who saw as early as 1990 how important personal computers would be. Seeing a lack of PC coverage from the non-geek perspective, he started and wrote the “Personal Technology” column in the Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 2013. Mossberg had previously spent 18 years covering national and international affairs in the Journal’s Washington bureau.

After leaving the Journal in 2014, Mossberg and Kara Swisher launched the online publication Re/code and the Recode conference. Mossberg has continued to write a personal technology column at The Verge, where he has been Executive Editor. He also created the ongoing podcast, Ctrl-Walt-Delete.

A native of Warwick, Rhode Island, Mossberg holds degrees from Brandeis and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Help Yourself And The World Through Unexpected Connections And Collaboration

Kare Anderson speaks and writes about behavioral research-based ways to become more deeply and diversely connected.

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Scott is President of strategy and consulting firm Innosight. Scott has worked with Fortune 500 and start-up companies in industries such as media (print and broadcast), consumer products, investment banking, transportation and logistics, healthcare, medical devices, software, petrochemicals, and communications equipment.


Swat Team Partners

Randy Antik is currently CEO of Swat Team Partners. Swat Team Partners provides growth strategy consulting to marketing leaders for major corporations at the CEO/CMO level in technology, retail, marketing services, and health care. Clients/projects include: EDS, RadioShack, AMD, Agere, Neiman...

Senior Curator, Architecture & Design

Museum of Modern Art

Paola Antonelli is one of the world's foremost design experts and was recently rated  one of the top one hundred most powerful people in the world of art by Art Review. She is a Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art. Antonelli received her MA in Architecture from Milan Polytechnic in 1990, and worked at the design magazines Domus and Abitare before coming to MoMA in 1994. Antonelli is known for her eclecticism, and has curated well-received shows such as Design and the Elastic Mind (2008), an exhibition on science, design, and innovation and Workspheres (2001), devoted to the workplace of the near future. Antonelli has taught design history and theory at UCLA and Harvard and is the author of Humble Masterpieces: Everyday Marvels of Design, and co-author of 2008 book Design and the Elastic Mind.

We Need Tools And Skills To Innovate More Effectively

Alexander Osterwalder is an entrepreneur, speaker and business model innovator. He describes himself as “obsessed with making strategy, innovation, and entrepreneurship simple, practical, and applicable."

Osterwalder co-authored 2010’s Business Model Generation, a global bestseller on business model innovation. His Business Model Canvas, a tool to visualize, challenge and re-invent business models, is used by leading organizations around the world, such as GE, P&G, Ericsson, and 3M. He is also co-author of Value Proposition Design, published in 2014.

Osterwalder co-founded the software company, which offers software and training on business model innovation and strategy. He is a frequent keynote speaker and guest lecturer in top universities around the world, including Stanford, Berkeley, MIT, IESE, and IMD. He holds a PhD from HEC Lausanne, Switzerland.

'Design Empathy' Creates Well-Being In Workplaces

Office design expert A.J. Paron-Wildes is the National Architectural & Design Manager for Allsteel, a commercial furniture manufacturer. She has blended her skills as a designer and with her experience of raising a son with autism to create groundbreaking design work for individuals with autism.

Joining Paron-Wildes at BIF2017 will be her son, Devin Wildes, an accomplished artist who struggles with severe autism. Wildes works in multiple mediums, including sculpture, videography, jewelry making, screen printing, and painting in multiple mediums.

Intentionally Designing Patient And Caregiver Roles As Jobs

For Len Schlesinger, entrepreneurship is a lifestyle — one that’s integral to the success of every 21st century leader. Formed from three decades of leadership expertise in industry and academia, this belief is a driving force of his work helping students and business professionals alike.

Creativity And Innovation At The Intersection Of Music And Data


Philip Sheppard is a composer, producer and performer and has written 35 feature film soundtracks. Philip speaks at innovation conferences around the globe such as C2, The EG, Hatch and TTI Vanguard, delivering keynotes about the intersection of music and big data, the innate musical abilities within all of us, and other topics that connect music to creativity, tech and introspection.

Learning From Art, Jazz, And Language: How To Innovate When You Are Out Of Control

Speaker, trainer, and musician Carl Størmer grew up in Norway with his mother, the late artist Sidsel Paaske. When Paaske died in 1980 at age 43, she left her only son with over 1000 paintings, sculptures and jewlery. Since 2005, Størmer started posting images of his mother´s work online. This led to a solo show at the Norwegian Museum of Contemporary Art in 2016 which became a national block-buster. The critics hailed Paaske as one of Norway´s most important innovators in art after WW2, and the country´s first pop artist.

Størmer is an entrepreneur and has held senior marketing, strategy, and management roles with a variety of businesses including IBM. He has also been a professional jazz musician for many years, and has recorded five CDs in his own name (the latest, in 2016, featuring Mike Mainieri).

Today Størmer runs JazzCode, a consultancy that uses live musical improvisation and visual art to demonstrate collaboration, innovation, and creativity for professionals at organizations such as IBM, Kraft, Oracle, PwC, KPMG, Insead, Novartis, the London Business School, and others.

In 2009, Størmer co-authored the Harvard Business School case “Miles Davis: Kind of Blue” with Professor Robert D. Austin. Størmer holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music, as well in arts management. At BIF2017, he will talk about his mother´s innovation method and link visual art and business innovation strategies.

Creating New Ways to Bring Conversations About Diversity Into Schools


Taliq Tillman is a junior at the Met High School in Providence, where he is driven by curiosity and his passion for learning. He is also an actor, photographer, and activist who strongly believes that empathy is his most powerful tool. He is currently an intern at Trinity Repertory Company's Education Department, where he assists in teaching classes, facilitating conversations, and planning curriculum. He is also a contributing writer for EdSurge.