Creating a Real World Laboratory for Business Model Innovation with Saul Kaplan

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 - 17:30
OCAD Auditorium, 100 McCaul St.
Community members: 
Do organizations continually need to explore, test and experiment with new business models, in the same way they do with new products and technologies today? 

Saul Kaplan of Business Innovation Factory says they do. For Kaplan the barrier to delivering better value isn’t technology. Humans and our institutions—both stubbornly resistant to change—impede our ability to network people, resources, and capabilities across organizations. Kaplan calls for a safe, manageable environment to explore new business models, a real world test-bed where public and private sector players can innovate collaboratively without disrupting current operations.

About the Speaker:
Saul Kaplan founded Rhode Island-based Business Innovation Factory (BIF) in 2005 with a mission to enable collaborative innovation. The non-profit is creating a real world laboratory for innovators to explore and test new business models and system level solutions in areas of high social importance including health care, education, energy independence, public safety, and quality of life. Kaplan has served in senior positions with the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, Accenture’s Health & Life Science practice and the Pharmaceutical Division of Eli Lilly and Company. He holds an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.