More Conversation. More Purpose.
For the last 14 years, BIF has hosted its annual BIF Collaborative Innovation Summit, bringing together over 30 storytellers each year to share personal narratives. The BIF Summit has always been more conversation than conference. It isn’t just about who attends or even who is up on stage, but it’s about catalyzing something bigger than any one of us. It’s about engaging and collaborating as a purposeful network to unleash the adjacent possible. That’s why Forbes named it one of the, “Top 5 Conferences that will Expand Your Mind (and Your Network)”.
This year, in order to increase our collective impact we must add new elements to our Summit experience and community tool kit, we need to get better at making our self-organized networks more purposeful, and for this reason we are starting small, with just 100 people joining us in-person. Inspired by the work of our new business model prototype, Personalized Medicine by Design, we will be using human centered design, rapid prototyping, and storytelling and engagement, all in service of social impact.
#BIF2019: Wellbeing will include a mixture of storytelling, design sprints, share-outs, and networking. Our collective output will help unleash new system solutions to be prototyped in the real world. Summit storytellers and participants will represent a diversity of perspectives, views, identities and experiences across industries, sectors and disciplines. A focus on wellbeing pushes us all to go beyond the usual healthcare suspects and silos to open up new transformative solution horizons and approaches.The intimate in-person event will bring together 100 participants and take place at BIF headquarters in Providence, RI. We will combine the in-person experience with and open access virtual platform to engage a larger motivated community remotely, and in real-time directly into the Summit experience. Read more about the experience.
America Too: It’s Our Health
Performance at Trinity Rep
#BIF2019: Wellbeing – Day One
Convening at BIF
Convening at BIF
additional storytellers to be announced
Dr. Ami Bhatt has been helping to reimagine wellness in adult congenital heart disease patients. By using telemedicine and empowering patients’ other care providers, she has been able to ensure continuity of care without the burden of stress and travel that has dominated patients’ lives.
Joe Wilson, Jr. is a member of the Trinity Rep resident company and leads the theater’s Center for Activism and Performance. Joe is passionate about ensuring that theater is of, by, and for the community. For the last five years, he has been tackling challenges facing our communities through Trinity Rep’s America Too program.
Poet, singer, and educator, Yolanda Wisher masterfully alchemizes the beauty of people and place into poetry, connectivity, and story. Yolanda is Philadephia’s third-ever poet laureate and current Curator of Spoken Word at the Philadelphia Contemporary museum.
Sharing his incredible love and talent for dance, Quentin Robinson, aka SpecialFX, is working to break down cultural barriers through movement across the globe. A Marine Corps veteran having served combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Robinson shows us how we can impact and connect people in schools, workplaces, and refugee settlements through live interaction.
Jeff Leitner is a fellow at New America in Washington, D.C., and the author of See Think Solve: A Simple Way to Tackle Tough Problems. A former Innovator in Residence at the University of Southern California, founder of Insight Labs, and co-founder of the award-winning UX for Good, Jeff’s work has helped create change for governments, like the U.S. Department of State and NASA; corporations, like Starbucks and Panera; institutions, like Harvard Medical School and TED; and NGOs, like Ashoka and the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.
PARTICIPATING IN #BIF2019: WELLBEING
*Let us know if you are interested in participating in-person at #BIF2019: Wellbeing, or remotely.
*With only 100 spots available for the in-person convening at BIF they will go quickly!
*We will notify you if your application is accepted.
*There is no fee to attend the gathering, but participants must pay their own travel and lodging.