Business Innovation Factory Welcomes Two New Board Members

The Business Innovation Factory is pleased to announce the addition to our board of two individuals who personify BIF’s core principals to Connect, Inspire, and Transform: Kare Anderson and Mickey Ackerman.

“We are pleased to welcome Kare and Mickey as our newest BIF board members. Their accomplishments, dedication to helping others, and ability to make meaning in the most complex of situations align with BIF’s mission to help leaders design and test new business models for complex social systems. We’re honored to work with them,” said Saul Kaplan, BIF’s founder and Chief Catalyst.

Kare Anderson

kare.jpegKare speaks and writes about behavioral research-based ways to become more deeply and diversely connected.  She has won awards as a writer both for NBC and for The Wall Street Journal. She speaks and writes regularly for Forbes and The Huffington Post. Anderson also consults for clients such as Salesforce, Novartis, the San Francisco Giants, and the Skoll Foundation. Her books include Mutuality Matters, Moving From Me to We, and Getting What You Want. Anderson serves on the advisory boards of Gloopt, Raynforest, Watermark, and TEDxMarin, is a founding board member of Annie’s Homegrown, and the co-founder of nine political PACs.

Kare wants to change the way you see and interact with the world. In Kare’s writing and discussions, she contends that “innovation requires people to hear each other or it’s like bad collaboration -- it’s worse than no collaboration.” This is the kind of common-sense-based ingenuity that Kare brings to her role as Business Innovation Factory’s newest board member, as the dedicated team of designers and testers of new business models and social systems at BIF extend their heartiest welcome to her.

Kare believes passionately that learning to connect and collaborate more effectively can not only help us succeed, it can foster collaborations that create opportunities to serve the greater good, and she has noted that the best way to accomplish this is to “involve unexpected allies, ardently united around something specific that you all believe is meaningful.” But her transformational approach to the mechanics of collaborative innovation is more than just motivational rhetoric; it has sustained her through a dazzling, award-winning career as a writer, speaker, and consultant, inspiring the likes of David Rockefeller Jr. to assert that “Kare forever changes how you see yourself and your world,” after hearing her speak.

“It is with the greatest pleasure and pride, and with the deepest admiration for her accomplishments, that we welcome Kare Anderson to the board,” declares BIF’s founder and Chief Catalyst, Saul Kaplan. In the act of joining the Business Innovation Factory Board of Directors, Kare makes a vital contribution to BIF’s narrative, as we subsequently begin telling a new and ever more exciting story together.

Mickey Ackerman

mickey_ackerman.pngTeamwork is the key to innovation, and Mickey Ackerman has made it his mission to help you to understand that. As an internationally recognized design leader, Business Innovation Factory’s Chief Design Strategist Mickey Ackerman has spent decades teaching designers how to define problems clearly, then meet those challenges through multidisciplinary teamwork. Now, as the newest member of the Business Innovation Factory Board of Directors, he assumes as well the role of ambassador for the organization’s team of human-centered, systems-thinking co-creators.

BIF’s founder and Chief Catalyst, Saul Kaplan is delighted to add Mickey to the Board of Directors, noting that “Mickey has been involved with the Business Innovation Factory since its very inception in 2004; he has remained at our side ever since and continues to bring fresh thinking to the organization. I’m grateful to have him join our board.”

Mickey observes with pride that BIF is “a powerful mechanism for redefining concepts of collaboration, communication, creative thinking, and customer service and, most importantly, what it means to be a sustainable innovator.” During 15 years spent as the head of the Industrial Design department at the Rhode Island School of Design, Mickey established a portfolio of sponsored projects, created real-world design solutions, and established strategic partnerships for industry leaders such as Intel, Rubbermaid, Frigidaire, and General Mills, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management, NASA, and Boston’s Center for Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology, among many others. An educator at heart, Mickey is passionate about student-centered learning and serves on the board of directors for the Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Vermont and the Green School in Bali, Indonesia. Now, as he begins to expand his participation in the BIF success story, we are surprised and pleased to find ourselves even more awestruck by him than ever.

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