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Disruption

Two weeks ago, I shared with you a high level preview of the Innotribe Sibos 2016 programme.

As promised, I will reveal more details for each day in some subsequent blog posts leading up to Sibos week 26-29 Sep 2016 (37 days left at the time of this writing).

Our preparations are in full swing. We are in the midst of a series of intense prep calls with all speakers, together with our production teams and our facilitators and designers. All engines are on!

It has always been our intention to build a program with architectural integrity and a week of intense learning experiences. This year is no different.

General structure:

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General overview of the Innotribe Sibos 2016 programme

 

The structure of the week program is fairly straightforward:

  • We start every day with an opening of the day
  • We close every day with a closing of the day
  • Over lunch time, we have spotlight sessions by several FinTech hubs: one day for Switzerland, one for EMEA, one for the AMERICA, one of APAC

For the opening session, the Innotribe team will welcome you, and for the Monday opening, we will zoom in into some highlights of our Innotribe Industry Challenge on Securities (about issuing a bond on the blockchain).

Our day anchor will then walk you through the plan of the day. Our day-1 anchor is Michell Zappa from Envisioning Tech, Brazil. He will come back in the day closing to wrap up the learning of the day.

In between we have several Innotribe sessions. We don’t do anything during the plenary big issue debates so you have the time to enjoy those as well.

The main theme of Innotribe day-1 is “disruption re-defined”. We have three sessions:

  • Patterns of disruption in wholesale banking
  • The Future of Money
  • Emerging technologies for financial services

Patterns of disruption in wholesale banking

Learn to anticipate and react to disruptions in Securities, Trade Finance and FX.

Begin 2016, the Deloitte Center for the Edge published a deep research on nine patterns of disruption cross-industry. Upon our request, Deloitte created a special version for Innotribe Sibos on the relevance of these disruption patterns for financial services, and how incumbents can/should react to them.

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Key take-aways of this session will be:

  • Reframe the notion of disruption
  • Understand there are patterns of disruption
  • There is a way to be more rigorous in understanding and anticipating disruption
  • There are some effective ways to respond to disruption in a purposeful way
  • Apply these insights to our world of wholesale banking and think of specific action steps that can be taken by our organisations

The rock-star line-up for this session:

  • John Hagel, Co-Chair, Deloitte Center for the Edge
  • Val Srinivas, Research Leader, Banking & Capital Markets, Center for Financial Services, Deloitte

This is a highly interactive session, with assignments for the audience, to help you internalise the knowledge you picked up from our speakers. At the end of the session, there will be a “gift” to take with you.

The Future of Money

For the first time, this ever-popular Innotribe session has been promoted as a full-blown “Big Issue Debate” in the main plenary room of Sibos.

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The idea behind Future of Money is to essentially act as a crystal ball, examining the large shaping trends that are going to affect financial services in typically two to three year’s time.

Moderated by Udayan Goyal, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Apis Partners and Co-Founder and non-executive director of Anthemis Group, this year’s Future of Money is set to discuss the Internet of Things (IoT) and how the collection of data in our highly networked world through sensor-based technology is set to change how we think of financial services.

Other topics include the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), with decisions regarding investments and creditworthiness becoming the purview of automated systems based entirely on inputs of personalised data.

The line-up:

  • Jon Stein, CEO Betterment
  • Carlos Menendez, President, Enterprise Partnerships, International Markets, Mastercard
  • Amber Case, Cyborg Anthropologist and Fellow at Harvard Berkman Klein Center

We also tried to re-invent a bit the flow of a big issue debate and “sweat the technical asset” we have at our disposal. Expect more from Innotribe 😉

Emerging technologies for financial services

In this session, we will share the results of a research commissioned by Innotribe to Envisioning Tech from Brazil. Again, original research and a word premiere of a fantastic visualisation tool.

The different technologies will be mapped on different time horizons, and we will highlight the inter-connections between them.

Every technology will come with a navigation card detailing its relevance to the financial services industry around 10 different impact vectors – with a focus on cyber-security and distributed ledger technologies.

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Screenshot of beta-version of visualisation tool

The session is animated with a spectacular screen-wide interactive visualisation.

The session is an interactive workshop with a card-game interaction with the participants. Seats will be limited.

General

All sessions are designed to maximise the immersive learning experiences of our guests. We use professional facilitators and designers to enable great group interactions. And we have an amazing audio/visual kit and production team to make the content come alive.

The pepper and salt comes from our “instigators” who have a designed role to provoke the critical discussion. The “instigators” of day-1 are:

  • Patrik Havander, Nordea
  • Anthony Brady, BNYM
  • Matthew Grabois, BNP Paribas Securities Services

For the sessions where it makes sense, we also have a transversal anchor for Cyber-security and one for DLT. They stay in the Innotribe space for the week, and will report back at the end of the week:

  • Our Cyber transversal anchor is Bart Preneel, University of Leuven
  • Our DLT transversal anchor is Andrew Davis, advisor from Sydney

Next week, we will cover the themes and sessions of day-2 of Innotribe Sibos 2016.

Resources:

Follow us on Twitter: for the latest announcements: @Innotribe, #Innotribe, @Sibos, #Sibos

We are looking forward to meeting you all again at this year’s Innotribe Sibos 2016 from 26-29 Sep 2016 in PalExpo, Geneva.

Deeply grateful,

Your architect and content curator for Innotribe@Sibos, @petervan

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For the eighth consecutive year, Innotribe@Sibos will introduce the latest innovation trends, whilst delivering thought-provoking content designed to challenge your assumptions.

The tagline for the 2016 edition is:

 

Be inspired. Be provoked.

The future is happening now

 

The tagline itself is inspired by a quote of Brian Eno in an interview in December 2015 with Steven Johnson about art, music, punch lines, and culture in general: “I don’t want to be entertained, I want to be provoked.”

 

Main programme directions:

Like every year, we aim to re-invent ourselves again, so we can offer a compelling program surpassing the excitement of our 2015 edition. The main themes for this year are:

Like last year, Innotribe puts innovation center stage at Sibos, and will provide a forum for critical dialogue where all Sibos delegates will get the opportunity to:

  • Attend the “Future of Money” session, positioned as a Big Issue Debate in the Plenary room for the first time this year
  • Meet some of the most forward thinking leaders in distributed ledger technology and cyber-security
  • Explore what it means to be
a modern organisation and understand how man and machine can work together
  • Understand the different patterns of disruption and how incumbents can react to them
  • Help define the principles for platform cooperation in more distributed ecosystems
  • Explore collaboration with a wide range of FinTech hubs from different continents, with a specific focus on the Swiss ecosystem
Gain insights on the new technologies developed by the startup community in Africa and Latin America through sessions dedicated to the winners of the 2016 Innotribe Startup Challenge

 

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“We are not in the events business, we are in the business of creating high quality feedback loops, to create immersive learning experiences”

 

You will also notice that for many sessions we chose for the long format. Where the rest of the conference scene is going for short – almost tweet-style one-liner formats, we believe there is a need for longer explorations of topics and a sense and desire for more than superficial sound-bite like conversations. Immersiveness requires time, and it is – just like our attention – one of the more precious but also more scarce resources of our era.

Like in previous years, this immersive experience is enabled by the awesome production team under the leadership of Ben Hawkins, Executive Producer GPJ, and by the super sharp facilitators and designers of Collective Next, lead by Principal Hamilton Ray.

Transversal themes: Instigators, day anchors, transversal week anchors, DLT and Cyber Rapporteurs:

Like last year, we will have day-anchor persons, to guide you through the programme and to make a wrap up of the learning at the end of each day.

You may have noticed that at Innotribe we don’t have any DLT/blockchain sessions this year: indeed, we covered this subject extensively at previous editions, and many of our colleagues from banking, securities, standards, market infrastructures and SWIFT Lab have now sessions on DLT/blockchain in their main conference sessions.

This is exactly how we saw Innotribe at Sibos from the beginning: a space where we create awareness of what is cooking at the edges of our ecosystem, topics and trends that will enter mainstream in a couple of years.

So, this year, we will have DLT/blockhain as a transversal theme:

  • We will have a transversal week anchor person in Innotribe for all our sessions where DLT may be one of the many technologies covered
  • We will also have a DLT Rapporteur, who will follow all non-Innotribe DLT sessions at Sibos and report back in our Innotribe “DLT and Cyber wrap-up of the week” session at the end of the week.

Same for the other transversal theme at Sibos: cyber-security. In addition to a number of cyber specific sessions at Innotribe,

  • We will have a transversal week anchor person in Innotribe for all our sessions where Cyber-security may be relevant.
  • We will also have a Cyber Rapporteur, who will follow all non-Innotribe Cyber sessions at Sibos and report back in our Innotribe “DLT and Cyber wrap-up of the week” session at the end of the week.

Like in previous years, we will add some salt and pepper to the conversations by integrating “instigator”: business or technical experts that will act as soundboard and provocateurs for our key speakers.

We will also experiment with some new formats, combining visual immersive experiences, facilitation, design, and video blends to resonate with our audience beyond the pure cognitive experience.

Different locations

We will be at different locations this year:

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Main location: Innotribe stand (G16 next to main SWIFT Stand)

We will be located right next to the main Swift stand on the exhibition floor, and have increased our capacity with at least 50%. The design of our stand will be a combination of industrial on the outside but human on the inside, to reflect the tension between technological disruption and the need for higher qualities of human attention. All our sessions, except of Future of Money will take place here. Future of Money will be in the main Plenary Room.

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Our Innotribe stand last year in Singapore

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Inside our stand last year in Singapore

The big LED screen will be back, it just will be bigger, better, and even with a 4x better resolution than last year;-)

And of course, we’ll have our connoisseur coffee corner back, last year rated as the place to be to savour the best coffee of the whole event. Really.

As several of our speakers have published recent books about their insights, there also will be numerous book-signing opportunities throughout the week.

Can’t show the design of the 2016 Innotribe stand, yet. We want to keep it as a surprise for Sibos delegates, but if we can give you a hint: last year’s nick-name for our stand/space was “the blender”, this year people who have seen it describe the space as “the coliseum”.

coliseum

Just make sure you make it in time for the different Innotribe sessions, as last year all Innotribe sessions were overflow, and about 50% of all Sibos delegates attended one or more of our sessions. This year we have catered for overflow capacity in the mezzanine overseeing the Innotribe stand.

Location #2: The Fintech Hub (Stand B80)

We have tried to group together a number of FinTech Hubs who have rented a booth in this area. We have create a mini-stage and meeting area so you can meet the winners of the 2016 Innotribe Startup Challenge in Africa and Latin America: Bitso, Destacame, Hello Paisa, Quotanda, The Sun Exchange, and WeCashUp.

Location #3: The Sibos Plenary Room

The Future of Money’s premiere was at Innotribe Sibos 2011 in Toronto. Since then the session has become a brand on its own, and we are proud that for its fifth edition, this session is now promoted as a full-blown Sibos Big Issue Debate in the main Plenary room of Sibos. Monday 26 Sep 2016, at 2pm that is.

Location #4: Salle communale des Délices

Last year we experimented with an informal networking event for anybody who feels connected to the FinTech ecosystem, and you seemed to have liked it.

The Innotribe Networking event is back this year on Wednesday 28 Sep 2016, starting at 7pm in a location that is only 10 min walk away from the Sibos PalExpo conference center. We’ll have:

  • A short welcome by the network event sponsors
  • In the theme of the day, a Woman-Machine convergence with Beatie Wolfe and Live Band
  • Excellent food and drinks (informal standing dinner)
  • Lots of informal networking

This is an free networking event, but please RSVP via this registration site. For Sibos delegates, we’ll have postcard-style invitations available at the conference center.

Who should attend?

Innotribe is open to all Sibos delegates. Throughout the Sibos week, Innotribe will be the centre of expertise on innovation for the benefit of all relevant stakeholders, including business analysts, strategists, product managers, innovation managers, transaction bankers, securities managers, corporates, standards experts, payment professionals, regulators, and policy makers.

Resources:

In the coming weeks, we will pump-up our communications volume, and prepare a preview blog post per Innotribe day, revealing and contextualizing our amazing speaker and instigator line-up for this year. Follow us on Twitter: for the latest announcements: @Innotribe, #Innotribe, @Sibos, #Sibos

As you can see, all engines are on, and we are looking forward to meeting you all again at this year’s Innotribe Sibos 2016 from 26-29 Sep 2016 in PalExpo, Geneva.

It should be obvious that Innotribe Sibos is only possible through the great collaboration with the Sibos team, deep involvement of the Innotribe team, and a number of world-class contractors for the professional execution of all this.

Deeply grateful,

Your architect and content curator for Innotribe@Sibos, @petervan

 

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I was invited at the 7th Banking Innovation Forum in Vienna to speak on Innovation. The title of my talk was “Innovation: from tactics to strategy”

I have posted the deck on Slideshare

It was an interesting audience, with most people coming from Central and Eastern Europe, with some interesting case studies from Paolo Barbesino from UniCredit in Italy, Carlos Gomez from Activo bank in Portugal, Marcel Gajdos from Visa Europe Czech Republic/Slovakia, Efigence in Poland, and Wojciech Bolanowski from PKO Bank Polski. I made quite some notes, and if i find the time to make a post on it, i will.

Luckily, my fans are out there to help me. I planned write something about my talk as well, but Wojciech Bolanowski already did that in his great LinkedIn Post here. I have cut and pasted his post in its entirety, as it captures well what i was trying to convey in that presentation. Thank you so much, Wojciech, much appreciated 😉

+++ Start post Wojciech

Inspire other people, think differently, create spaces where people come alive, ship to customers; as well as bravery, prototyping, events, capabilities and clarity – these are ingredients for successful innovation within big organization; at least according to excellent speaker and Innotribe Co-founder Peter Vander Auwera.

How to innovate in the shadow of behemoth?

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Peter spoke on the first day of 7th Annual Banking Innovation Forum by Uniglobal in Vienna Marriott Hotel (as pictured above). He was keeping the audience extremely focused and interested. The subject was complex and of great importance: how to make really BIG organization innovative. As Peter put it in an outstanding rethoric figure: “how to make babies”. I would like to add: how to make the babies when you are well-known, established, serious and successful one with huge legacy and obliging history.

The questions are (usually) much more important than particular answers, so there is not my goal to report Peters’s solution in details. What I would like to point out is the question itself. Today, in the fast-running world of fin-tech start-ups and quasi-banking innovators almost every bank is big enough to raise this question to itself. Is it enough to inspire other people with your disrutptive ideas? Is such inspiring even possible in organization too big to change itself spontaneously? What could possibly happen if you think differently from dominant thinking styles?

Obviously, being innovative within mammoth-size organization is a big challenge and requires specific attitude and social skills. As I understood one of the Peter’s suggestion is to create appropriate team which become the centre and engine of the process. The brave, capable team with clearly set culture of “rather be failing frequently than never trying new things” to quote Peter’s presentation. Some important tools to do so are special workspaces, integrating events and ways of building true alignment.

Bravery – the slide of the presentation. Source: Uniglobal

How to gain executives’ support?

The presentation was full of insider stories with some of them concerning interactions between innovators and the board members. Those were a great lesson of struggle which, I think, at least to some extend, any innovator should expect and be prepared for. The very useful take-out was about prototyping and commercial launching of innovative products. The prototype should be, according to Peter’s best practice, as vivid and identical with the final product as possible. No more “Power Point Prototypes” unless you would like to fail. What’s even more – prototyping is just a step to the real strategic goal – to deliver real, commercial product and give it to customers. “Go out of the sandbox” is another great statement I heard from the speaker. Indeed, today environment of fast growing and alternating product propositions demand being “on market”. The Grand Jury of customers has no time to screen through pilots or prototypes; every company should be ready to risk and show its innovation as soon as it is delivered. In my opinion this is extremely important to realize. Shipment to customers what is already prototyped is the crucial part of execution process in innovation. I feel it is striking and true, therefore I tweeted this immediately with hashtag #BAIF2015!

What about the reluctant middle-level-managers?

The next splendid remark is about mid-level managers’ attitude toward change. For them the main goal is “too keep any changes far away of the plan”. It is understandable and rational. For manager’s KPIs are target-related, they try to keep organization on the course to achieve them. However, any innovation process within organization creates the risk of change, which, possibly, could alternate plans and goals. This is the real challenge – to execute innovation in organization which mainly consists of medium-level managers. And execution itself is much more difficult and lasts much longer than whole creative process of gathering ideas, evangelization, internal promotion etc. What Peter stressed, and I agree fully, is thatin context of big organizations idea management process is easier and shorter than its incubation and implementation. In start-ups world there is exactly the opposite relation.

Start-ups as indicators

Start-ups in financial sector (dubbed fintech recently) occupied a lot of Peter’s presentation as he is involved in the well-known Innotribe@Sibos program. The event has attracted more than 340 participants this year. It is quite nice sample to show what’s going on in innovation. With four continental semi-finals (NYC, London, Cape Town and Singapore) it gives global overview and prime selection of activities. This could be a useful indicator for big companies to track the start-up trends and pick up something valuable from. For example in 2014 the leading areas of start-up activity were (despite a broad category of corporates/business services) investment management, lending, big data and personal financial management. It is a clear message to banks: there is innovation coming to your core businesses and it is technology-driven.

This post is inspired by presentation shown on of 7th Annual Banking Innovation Forum ; there is another one of this category, in case you are interested:

Collateral damage of 2008 – card revenues in CEE

Peter Vander Auwera on stage in Vienna. Source: Uniglobal

Linguistic disclaimer

I have written this text in English and I know my limitations. It is possible you find this post illogical, offending, unclear or too simplistic. It does not mean to be that way, so please blame it to my imperfect English skills. I am neither native nor perfect English speaking person . If you want to be helpful, do share your grammar, spelling, style and any other remarks with me. I would appreciate any contributing comment, especially if it came from native speakers.

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Launched in 2010 by SWIFT Innotribe, the Innotribe Startup Challenge introduces the world’s brightest startups to highly qualified industry experts, banks and VCs.

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The Startup Challenge is a year-round programme featuring regional showcases in EMEA, Asia and Americas where participants gather for fast-paced company pitches, insightful discussions on emerging trends and innovation opportunities, and social networking events.

There’s no charge to apply or participate, so whether you’re an early-stage or a growth-stage startup delivering innovation to the financial industry, the Innotribe Startup Challenge is the best way for you to connect directly with the most important investors, customers, partners, and influencers.

Over the past 5 years, the Challenge has helped over 150 startups initiate over $300M in deals with SWIFT member banks and notable fintech investors. This year, we’re adding more value to the program with a Semi-Final event in Capetown to cover African-born innovations, and dramatically increased exposure to the 7000+ decision makers who will attend Sibos (12-15 Oct 2015 in Singapore) for both our 2015 finalists and our program alumni.

There will be four showcases this year:

Challenge-dates

During each showcase, the semi-finalists demo their ideas or new products, pitching directly to an audience looking for the best in class and voting for the top 5 companies who’ll get invited to the Grand Finale, taking place at Sibos, the world’s premier financial services event organised by SWIFT.

Due to the support of our sponsors, the program continues to be free to startups, investors & financial industry decision makers. You can learn more about the 2015 program here: www.innotribe.com/startup-challenge/.

The deadline for submissions is 22 February 2015.

This is the last call for FinTech Startups worldwide to reserve their seat for one of the best FinTech competitions out there!

So, please spread the message to all FinTech startups to apply right away because there’s only 10 days left until our deadline.

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The successful applicants will be announced in April 2015.

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I have been relatively silent on my blog, tweets and other social media. The reason is focus. Focus on preparing with the team another exciting experience at Innotribe Sibos, this year in Boston from 29 Sep till 2 Oct 2014.

Less than 2 months from D-day, we are in full build up. We are in good shape, and preparations are in full swing. We are now at a stage where we have detailed minute-by-minute session scripts for all sessions, and are at a rate of several speaker preparation calls per week. And we have for each of our 17 sessions a detailed floor plan like this one:

SESSION 002 Future of Money

 

Here are some numbers: 4 days, 17 sessions, 2 locations, 50+ speakers, 10+ moderators, 10+ instigators, 9 startups, 6 innovators, 7 coaches, 4 Sponsors, 7 technical crew, 6 facilitation crew, 12 cameras, 7 screens, 3 stages, 2 bridges, 4 pieces of artwork, 1 bitcoin ATM machine, 1 skyline.

When it all comes together, it will look a bit like this:

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I have some other surprises that I will document in a later blog post.

But don’t be mistaken: Innotribe Sibos is about content, content, and more content.

For the content some of the main subjects covered, see my previous post https://petervan.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/innotribe-sibos-2014-building-bridges/ To summarize:

  • Day-1 is all about cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Ripple, ColoredCoins, etc) from all angles: vision, regulation, disruption, and transformation.
  • Day-2 covers “Network effects”: networked organizations, platform thinking, eco-system thinking
  • Day-3 gets you into Innovation Capabilities and the exciting Grand Finale of the 2014 Innotribe Startup Challenge
  • Day-4 articulates our ambition to convene all significant players of the FinTech Innovation Ecosystem

Since my last post several new speakers and moderators have been added, for example:

  • Yoni Assi (CEO eToro and Board member Israel Bitcoin Foundation)
  • Dirk Haubrich (Head of Consumer Protection and Financial Innovation, European Banking Authority EBA, via Skype)
  • Dan Marovitz (CEO Faculty of 1000 Ltd, former Managing Director, Head of Product Management, Global Transaction Banking Deutsche Bank)
  • Anne Shere Wallwork (Senior Counselor for Strategic Policy, Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes – U.S. Department of the Treasury)

And on day-4 we have gathered the top captive funds in one session starting on 2 Oct at 09:30 am, and moderated by Tony Fish, Founder AMF Ventures:

  • Vanessa Colella, Director Citi Ventures
  • Christophe Chazot, New Group Head of Innovation, HSBC
  • Derek White, Chief Design Officer, Barclays
  • Matteo Rizzi, General Partner, Sberbank SBT Venture Capital
  • Julio Faura, Head of R&D and Innovation, Banco Santander
  • Manual Silva Martinez, Vice-President BBVA Ventures

I will do a separate blog on day-4 later, as that will be a very exceptional day.

Our speakers are thought leaders and top innovators. We have 7 out of the FinTech top-40 http://thetally.efinancialnews.com/2014/06/fintech-focus/ and 3 out of the Bank Innovation “top-30 innovators to watch” http://www.bankinnovation.net/2014/07/2014-innovators-to-watch-30-executives-shaping-the-industry/ secured for this yearly gathering.

And in addition, we are building bridges and sharing speakers with Technology Forum, Investment Management Forum, Markey Infrastructures Forum, Standards Forum.

Full detailed program, with all speakers confirmed is now available on sibos.com here: http://www.sibos.com/conference/conference-programme/2014?field_session_stream_tid%5B%5D=203&op=Filter

Super-excited with big kudos to the Innotribe team, the event producers GPJ and facilitators Collective Next.

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Peter Thiel is always good for some controversy. Usually, I am a big fan of him, despite his libertarian opinions. But this time I have to disagree. Because it seems that he hates business suits, to a point that he does not want to invest on startup CEO wearing a suit. In Business Insider he says:

“Maybe we still would have avoided these bad investments if we had taken the time to evaluate each company’s technology in detail,” Thiel says in his book. “But the team insight — never invest in a tech CEO that wears a suit — got us to the truth a lot faster.”

But look at what he wears himself in that article!

Peter Thiel in Suite

Maybe it’s just a promotional stunt for Thiel’s new book, “Zero To One,” but even so, I believe it re-enforces polarization and avoids inclusion.

Indeed, what do vestimentairy aspects have to do with content? I even saw a post (hopefully jokingly) suggesting that at next FinTech innovation events no suites would be allowed. What a joke! I don’t think this works.

I am more and more convinced it is our responsibility to build bridges, and create inclusions instead of accentuating the differences.

I have heard similar vestimentairy comments about people within the FinTech innovation community saying things like: “he/she has not enough “streetcred” to be part of our community.”

What a crap, this whole “Streetcred” versus “Suites”!

The beauty is in the diversity and being able and willing to go beyond simplistic categorization of exclusion. Old world is about exclusion. New world is about inclusion. The new world is all about building bridges. About staying away from polarized positions. Because I believe the beauty is in between the extremes.

Somebody reacted to me: “but then you will end up with grey!” and I replied: “No, I don’t think so, I think we will end up with a rainbow of colours”.

At Innotribe Sibos 2014 in Boston (29 Sep – 2 Oct), our tagline is “Building Bridges”. In our facilitated sessions, we will use voting/scoring cards labeled “Ties” and “Tattoos”. But not to accentuate the differences, but to bring people together, help them understand each other’s point of view, and agreeing and documenting our intentions for progress.

The secret is in the inclusion of Ties and Tattoos

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Futurist and past Innotribe member, Heather Schlegel aka @heathervescent, has announced an ambitious project: The Future of Money TV Series. Happy to offer her a guest post on my Petervan blog. We had great times together, and she is worth your attention.
 
While working with Innotribe, Heather created 3 scenario films and 2 documentaries: http://www.youtube.com/user/innotribefilms. Happy to let Heather explain herself what she is up to with this new project:
FoM Heather

Heather: “While working for Innotribe, I was struck by the impact my films had on people. When I showed them at SXSW and other conferences, people would come up to me afterwards and tell me how the visions in my films changed their perspective. Over and over I saw people’s ideas about the future change after watching my films. It’s this response that inspired me to develop a TV series around the future of money.

 

The Future of Money TV Series explores the evolution of money by interviewing experts in financial innovation and showing futuristic reenactments of plausible scenarios based on facts and theories. I developed the TV series to share positive visions with a global audience to increase optimism about the future.

 

An international distributor green lit the project in May and has agreed to distribute the series internationally IF I can raise $35K to shoot the expert interviews. To raise the money, I launched a Kickstarter. I need your support to make it happen. I’ve spent years of love, sweat and tear on this project. Please back it.

 

This is her first Kickstarter and while it’s off to an excellent start – raising $12,000 of her $35,000 goal – your support is critical.

 

Watch the teaser and back the project – any level helps:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/heathervescent/future-of-money-tv-series

 

It’s been covered on Laughing Squid: http://laughingsquid.com/future-of-money-a-docu-series-that-explores-the-positive-forces-in-the-evolution-of-money/

 

Breaking Banks: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/73153/and-the-next-big-thing-is

 

Houston Futures: http://www.houstonforesight.org/?p=3315

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