AGENDA FOR THE GLOBAL INNOVATION SUMMIT

The agenda of the Summit features a unique blend of expert discussions, case stories, breakthrough methodologies, practical tools, hands-on application, and inspirational vision.  

The Summit is not a passive event; your participation matters.  Most discussions will be "in the round" without a formal stage.  Most activities will involve live interaction in a creative process.  The agenda is geared toward intensive relationship-building, practical implementation, real-time "making" of solutions, and design-based modeling.  You will learn, bond, build, and create together with your peers.  You will experience a unique environment that is designed for you to learn about ecosystems while creating one in real life.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


12pm

Registration Opens

 

3pm

Welcome and Introduction to the Summit

 

3:30pm

Opening Keynote Interview  

 

4:15pm

Design Lab #1: The Rainforest Master Plan. 

All participants will be assigned to small teams in a massive real-time, hands-on “laboratory.” Every individual will get to build their own ecosystem.  And they’ll also work on designing solutions for tough systemic challenges offered by their peers.

 

6pm

Food & Evening Event: Celebration of Art & Innovation. 

A live indoor street festival featuring the most talented and provocative artists, musicians, performers, poets, and others from Silicon Valley and elsewhere.

 

9pm-Midnight

After Hours. 

Meet other ecosystem builders from around the world.  Have a blast doing it. 

 

 

Wednesday,  February 18, 2015


8am

Networking Breakfast

 

9am

Keynote Case Study

 

9:45am

Design Lab #2: Ecosystem Mapping

 

11:30am

Conversation #1: Design. 

Our “Conversations” feature highly-interactive discussions among guest speakers and the audience.  Our goal is to recreate the feel of an acoustic in-the-round concert, but with ideas instead of music. 

  • Design of Teams That Transact
  • Innovative Problem Solving
  • Learning By Design
  • Case Studies: Design of Startup Ecosystems

 

12:30pm

Networking Lunch with User-Generated Discussions

We allow participants to create their own mini-events at the Summit.  People can organize discussions around topics, geographies, tools, case studies, or whatever else they can come up with.

 

2pm

Case Studies: Designing Ecosystems

We feature a high number of real-world Case Studies this year.  Ecosystems are being built everywhere, but what actually works?  Come and learn about successes and failures, as told by real practitioners from around the world.

 

2:45pm

Conversation #2: Capital

  • Capital at Scale: Creating Ecosystems
  • Funding New Players: Emergence in Ecosystems
  • Making Money Matter: Investing for Impact
  • Case Study

 

4:10pm

Design Lab #3: Ecosystem Prototyping

Everyone at the Summit gets to be an ecosystem architect.  All teams will create 3-D models of a real-world solution to a difficult systemic challenge.  You won’t just talk about ecosystems.  You will build them, in real life.

 

5:30pm

Ecosystem Design Gallery

The conference becomes a living gallery featuring over 50 ecosystem prototypes, tackling a wide variety of global challenges.  You will get to share your creativity and ideas with everyone else.  You will get to “see” ecosystems as you’ve never seen them before.

 

6pm

Evening Activity

 

9pm-Midnight

After Hours

 

 

Thursday, February 19, 2015


8am

Networking Breakfast

 

9am

Conversation #3: Leadership

  • Triumph Over Crisis
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Case Studies in Leadership #1
  • Case Studies in Leadership #2

 

10:25am

Closing Keynote Conversation

 

11:20am

Awards and Closing Ceremony

Hear and meet the winners of the world’s leading awards for ecosystem building: The Rainforest Recognitions. 

 

12pm

Adjourn