saul kaplan – bmif

saul kaplan bwtry more stuff

So, Saul Kaplan wrote this book about innovation. And I’m thinking if we are so inclined to take it in, act on it, we could have the cities, the communities, the world, our souls crave.
Saul’s book is a story of humanity, of being alive, of mindfulness, of spaces of permission.
As I read his words, a resonating repetition made the story incredibly alluring. It made me want to live it out.
Saul encourages us to play in the grey spaces between the silos, to notice and connect with unlikely suspects, to create spaces of freedom where people have nothing to prove. He tells us it is there we will see brilliance, ongoing innovation, aliveness.
He writes of when he first thought of innovation through the lens of a community:
We must create a wholly new vision and experiment our way to its emergence. Tweaks won’t do it.
The system change we need must be directly relevant to real people in real neighborhoods.
It is essential to get out more.
Cities should be living labs.
He writes of the freedom needed to experiment and presents connected adjacencies as just that type of platform:
Serial entrepreneurs will tell you it’s a waste of time writing a fancy business plan that details all of the components of a proposed new business model. What is contained within the initial plan will have little to no bearing on what business model will ultimately gain traction and work under real market conditions.
So agency leads are stuck continuing to do work they know isn’t the most important or relevant work they could be doing.
Those working in the adjacencies must be empowered to borrow and flexibly deploy capabilities and technologies from inside and outside the organization in novel ways.
He encourages us to disrupt ourselves:
Intrinsic motivation is what counts today and most companies are still focused on managing external motivation factors.
We must find a way to move beyond our cynicism.
We must play offense.
What are we waiting for?
If we don’t learn how to reinvent ourselves we are at risk of being disrupted.
Saul Kaplan, ..gracing us with a work of love. Imagine if we dared to take his lead, and act on it.
Our work resonates with Saul’s model of a connected adjacency, where we are both inside and outside of the school district. A true incubator. An adjacent sandbox where we can live in as much of perpetual beta as we can.
you can't break it try more stuff
random collisions of unlikely suspects.
[bif8] – link to bif site
[bif hq]

bif – Saul Kaplan

book links to amazon

Angela and Saul – incredible combo:

angela maiers with saul


youth – start asking questions/connecting:

saul and angela______________________________

catching bif 9 livestream:

Saul opens with this picture..

saul's grandkids

and talked on – why he does what he does – and stewardship – leaving things better than when you found them.. and on 21st cent needing us to experiment at systems level…

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from bif10:

Saul – grandkids – r&r – why i do what i do

donnelly kaplan

he had a new picture – but i just have/love this one.

grandkids w pic saul

city ness





tweet from Saul 8/13/15 6:11 AM

Until U.S. education changes as fast as the nature of work does we will continue to lose competitiveness.

oh my.
nature of work..?
fast changing..?
lose competitiveness…?

Saul Kaplan (@skap5) tweeted at 7:30 AM – 26 Jan 2017 :

Transitioning from a competent specialist to being a voracious generalist is one of the most important inflection points in life. (

and then realizing our voracious generalist ness could zoom out/in another fractal’s width.. and then perhaps another.. and another.. so that the inflection point becomes moving/iterating/alive/ongoing .. mostly meaning that we’re always voraciously curious about what is general..

interview w Nilofer

Saul Kaplan (@skap5) tweeted at 6:42 AM – 2 Nov 2017 :

Jazzed to release my Business Model Podcast chat w/ the amazing @nilofer. Talking The Power of Onlyness. (

4 min – saying.. that idea is too wild, weird, .. too much

11 min – onlyness .. value creation more widely diverse

12 min – how do you find your people.. et al

2 convos .. as the day..

13 min – if you had turned to group you were operating w already.. would have said crazy.. how to claim original idea in spite of anyone else believing it’s valuable..

15 min – once find purposeful meaning (confidence for my ideas).. how do you find the other people..t..  then move it into action

2 convos..

ie: hlb via 2 convos that io dance.. as the day..[aka: not part\ial.. for (blank)’s sake…]..  a nother way

16 min – how to discover my onlyness

17 min – if we pay attention to what people really care about..t

self-talk as data

18 min – saul: so you and i .. we’re not challenged by this.. we put our pov out there.. we’re not afraid..t

but is it really your pov..? ie: krishnamurti free will law

are you being wild/curious enough..? or are you speaking from ‘group you were operating w already’..even if it is an innovative group.. ie: assuming made up money et al..

i think we’re missing like 7b onlynesses here.. (thurman alive law.. zinn energy law)

saul: but as roger martin says.. knowing you’re missing something.. so .. willing to listen to the pushback.. what about for others that aren’t as confident as you and i

19 min – funny you find me as confident.. because i don’t find myself that way

20 min – i had accepted his truth as a truth.. i embraced it.. one thing we have to realize.. sometimes these people.. who are saying.. ie: not going to work.. are not my people.. i need to go find my people who do believe in the set of beliefs..t

begs mech to facil cure ios city

22 min – as soon as your purpose lead you to your people.. your people.. find your power..

23 min – saul: diff from proselytizing..

27 min – onlyness is that evolving state that we are..t

bravery to change mind every day

the it is antifragile me


You can’t analyze your way to transformation. You have to explore your way there. Experiment every day.

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rev of everyday life

Improving on Groundhog Day!

indeed.. groundhog day ness


Saul Kaplan (@skap5) tweeted at 5:59 AM – 19 Apr 2018 :

Our opioid crisis is more than a medical problem, it’s a societal problem. Too many are dying. A system challenge requiring system solutions. (

roots of healing.. getting back to undisturbed ecosystem

Saul Kaplan (@skap5) tweeted at 6:07 AM – 19 Apr 2018 :

You would think we would be more determined to address social determinants! (

maté basic needs
Saul Kaplan (@skap5) tweeted at 11:55 AM on Thu, Apr 19, 2018:
We need more courageous conversations about the limited impact sensitivity training and workshops have as a stand alone solution to enable sustainable mindset and behavior change. System challenges require system solutions.
let’s try these courageous convos.. everyday.. as infra
Saul Kaplan (@skap5) tweeted at 6:29 AM – 15 Aug 2018 :
The world has always been complex. What’s new is that we humans are just beginning to understand its complexity. Its on us to put our new knowledge and tools to work for a better and more inclusive future. (
ai as augmenting interconnectedness
Saul Kaplan (@skap5) tweeted at 6:48 AM – 9 May 2019 :
Industries become concentrated and hegemonic faster than ever. That’s not in the consumer, citizen, student and patient’s best interest. Transformation requires the conditions to catalyze new human-centered industry and social system creation. (
perhaps it starts w .. nationality: human
rather than ie: consumer, citizen, student, patient
let go of labels
Saul Kaplan (@skap5) tweeted at 5:25 AM – 4 Jun 2019 :
How might a data-based system work if it was meant to unleash personal self-determination and agency to improve health and wellbeing? #PMxD #DesignChallenge #MaternalHealth (
self-talk as data with 2 convers as infra
tech as it could be.. (listening to every voice every day)
Saul Kaplan (@skap5) tweeted at 5:18 AM – 7 Jul 2019 :
What if authenticity doesn’t scale well? (
unconditional authenticity (oxymoron) scales exponentially.. by design
we just haven’t yet let go enough.. to see
Saul Kaplan (@skap5) tweeted at 6:27 AM – 26 Jul 2019 :
Not breaking news that Russia hacked into our elections, got away with it, and will keep doing it. Our 2020 question is who can fix this mess. It affects everything and must end. We can’t tackle social justice and the environment fully, the way we want and need to until we do. (
has to be all of us
ie: cure ios city
2 convers as infra

from saul on the great hack and data

Saul Kaplan (@skap5) tweeted at 5:53 AM – 27 Jul 2019 :
Just watched #TheGreatHack on #Netflix. Like I needed to start the weekend all riled up! It’s our data. #My31 (

but it’s non-legit data.. like data from whales in sea world

deeper issue..what data could we be focusing on w today’s tech capabilities. .

ie: self-talk/daily curiosity as data..

tech/data as it could be..


on talking w irwin

Nothing inspires like catching up with my friend and #BIF2019 storyteller @irwinkula. What if we could unbundle spirituality from organized religion and personalize it to accelerate human flourishing and wellbeing?

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tech as it could be.. ie: 2 convers as infra – ‘love really can swallow up hate’ – @irwinkula


It depends on what essential means. Love to see an infographic visualizing the variability across the country with every state and city deciding for themselves. #COVID19

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to the deeper epidemic:

it depends on what essential means. love to see us letting go enough to see/hear the commonality across the globe w every person listening for themselves

ie: maté basic needs