Hey, folks "when the going gets tough it is a clear indication that we must keep charging forward". The past week I have been setting my new home office and broadcast command center. We have a lot of activities going on with the BIC, Our new virtual coworking, The VISOR Program, BIC Media Labs Streaming TV and a host of other stuff with CNP Integrations. It has been a major effort getting everything connected, tested and working correctly so I can respond quickly to our teams, members and collaborators. Here is a picture of the many systems to be used for producing our online programs and delivering support services in the coming weeks.
Please follow updates on our, website, Facebook, youtube channels and other social media as we announce new initiatives we are pushing out to do our part in helping folks get through this.
Please jump in and help where you can. Stay safe and stay healthy.
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The Business Innovation Center is responding to the need to work and collaborate remotely. We understand this may be a challenging time for so many and the need for us to "social distance" ourselves. But... let's not go crazy in the meantime... we are social beings and need to connect with each other... and we need to keep working.
The reality beyond the current pandemic is that our society will need to improve our ways of collaborating in a virtual space if we are going to adapt to a shifting workplace of different types of jobs and to connect or compete in a global economy. A transition I am very passionate about. Many of you know I have been running a virtual company across a global network of talent and resources for the past 15 years. I am now taking this experience to help us create a co-working platform at the BIC that will help you connect, collaborate and socialize.
The BIC virtual co-working space will complement our current offerings at the Business Innovation Center and combine it with training and tech support for getting connected in a vibrant online community known by many as the "gig economy".
If you have a computer or mobile device with a camera and mic click here to get started as our guest:
I will open our virtual coworking space at 8 am or by appointment to members and guests. You will be allowed to join even if I am not present. If you email me or click the linked text I will invite you to our Slack workspace for a real-time chat when not in video conferencing.
We will offer a home base video conference space open daily with private breakout rooms where you can work with small groups on project-centered work or just to keep you company as you go through your workday. We will have a shared presenter seat for members to host private meetings. Our monthly memberships will now include access to these virtual collaboration tools, basic technical support and mentoring as part of your BIC subscription. You will be able to come in the front door in our virtual space, be welcomed and directed into any breakout room or I can even create a custom room for you. I will be launching a job board where you can post work you need help with and you can build an online portfolio of your work and skills to apply for these jobs. Over time I will try to find more ways of connecting folks with remote work opportunities. This will take time and collaboration form our community to build.
Post on the Project & Jobs board here https://businessinnovation.center/resources/jobs-project-board
In the coming weeks, we will be offering several workshops and training sessions on how to use virtual productivity tools. Currently, our VISOR (Visual Insights & Strategic Occupational Readiness) Program, Toastmasters Club and other groups are all taking advantage of our new virtual platform. Our Broadcast studio will be packaging programs to help inform and train folks to prepare for the survival and outcomes of the impact this pandemic will have on our communities and society as a whole.
If you would like to help me/us with this initiative please reach out, there is a lot to be done and a lot of opportunities to participate. Let's continue to work together and help each other grow and prosper now and in the difficult times ahead.
PS The BIC facility remains open to members and guests for limited responsible use by appointment only. Hands-on STEAM programs are currently suspended. Thirsty Joe's Cafe' was planning on reopening in mid-April but this has been postponed until further notice.
2019 has been a transitional year for the Business Innovation Center. We finally completed the core renovations of our Cafe expansion and started building our education programming model. We have assembled a fantastic STEAM Team to help us deliver a wide range of expertise and fun into our programs.
We launched our VISOR Program which stands for Visual Insights and Strategic Occupational Readiness. This is a unique curriculum model designed to prepare young adults with life skills and insights that can help them navigate the many uncertainties in the future of work. We explore priority skills and insights that will be most important as technological and climate changes accelerate. The VISOR program is intended as a jobs and lifelong learning alignment program. VISOR teaches the foundations of entrepreneurialism, productivity skills for virtual work environments and an in-depth understanding of the behavior sciences used in gamification. The VISOR Program is agile and can be modified to add value in a number of ways and complement other programs.
We were fortunate to have received funding through MASSHIRE New Bedford to deliver VISOR as a 720-hour certificate program, to youth between 16 and 24, through the career center in New Bedford. This also allowed us to open an extended location resource at the co-creative space in downtown New Bedford.
Our 2020 after school, family STEAM Team Workshops were made possible by a generous grant from the Episcopal City Mission. These workshops are scheduled over a six month season, 4 nights per week, January through June. This allowed us to create an ambassador program of 20 ten month scholarships for low income and underserved youth. Through this program, Ambassadors receive the full benefits and resources of the BIC for broadening their skills and insights into Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Register today and find out more CLICK HERE
Coworking Space Membership and business networking has grown and is attracting a unique blend of businesses to the BIC. This momentum will lead to several member-driven workshop programs ranging from technology, health, and wellness to Immigration law. See our meetups for more info:
Our TAG Networking group is celebrating its fourth year and helping several local businesses grow their businesses through referrals. Join us the first and third Wednesday of every month from 8:15 am till 9:30 am.
Professional development opportunities continue to thrive through our Fall River Innovators Toastmasters Club. This is our 4th year and for the past three years we have achieved the highest status of "Presidential Distinguished". This is a great group of folks working through a world-class curriculum designed to grow skills in leadership and public speaking. Join us any second or fourth Thursday of the Month from 6 pm till 8 pm.
Check out the promo video for VISOR we produced in house.
One of the many exciting things I am looking forward to in 2020 is how we will build interest and programming in our NEW Streaming Video "Podcast" Studio with our BIC Media Labs Programming. This year we made significant improvements to both our music and video production studios. We upgraded much of our software and hardware computer systems and installed new lighting in our video studio. The new production platform will make it much easier to teach students how to use the equipment and allow us to offer several new communities access to video streaming, podcasting and broadcasting services. This will help our members build new audiences and the ability to communicate event and activity information quickly and efficiently.
I am proud that our "communities of communities" here are growing momentum. We have attracted some interesting and fun people to share ideas and fellowship on our journey of personal and professional development.
We hope to see you and your friends again soon at the BIC.
This month’s Business Innovation Center Photography Art show features the work of Steve Carlson, for over forty years this “amateur photographer” has gathered a collection that surpasses 1,800 images which he careful catalogs and keeps in his files. His work covers a wide variety of subjects from architecture to wildlife. Carlson “believes everybody needs a creative outlet”, and photography is one of his favorite channels of creativity.
Even though Carlson appreciates and is firmly immersed in all the technological advances the digital age has to offer, he strongly believes that it is a photographer's responsibility to capture the essence of the image with the camera. Photoshop, in his opinion, should be used to enhance and possibly help bring out the vision conceived when the picture was originally taken. However, he feels that Photoshop, albeit useful should not be used to alter an inadequate image and turn it into a masterpiece.
Carlson likes to experiment with new methods and techniques such as shooting star trails or creating abstracts using food coloring and water in pursuit of a perfectly creative image. His natural creativity has landed this photographer in a few precarious situations while chasing the coveted image, from nearly being trampled on by a buffalo to a close encounter with a moving vehicle while taking pictures in streets of San Francisco. No stranger to local law enforcement, Carlson has on occasion left police officers curious enough to stop and see what he was up to on perplexing instances.
Although firmly committed to the digital age, he still enjoys taking out one of his vintage film cameras to shoot a roll of film. Carlson’s collection of 20 vintage cameras includes a Polaroid land camera and two Brownie box cameras. His vintage video camera collection includes a Bell and Howell Directors model, the same camera model that filmed the Kennedy assassination.
Steve Carlson, a Vietnam veteran. after leaving active service, received a commission from the Rhode Island National Guard and served in both the Rhode Island National Guard and the Army Reserve before leaving the service as a Captain. After 40 years with the U.S. Postal Service where he spent his last 20 years serving as a Safety Specialist, Carlson is now retired.
Carlson loves to cook particularly on his grill. He considers cooking one of his other creative outlets and he is known for chasing everyone out of his kitchen when he is cooking. The multi-talented photographer-chef has been married to his wife Ruth for over 40 years, they have 2 sons and 5 grandchildren including one granddaughter. His youngest son's son Nolan is a special needs child with muscular dystrophy and autism. Carlson has another passion, football, and despite living in the New England Area for many years although he roots for the Patriots, his heart is still a San Francisco 49er.