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The Next Act for HR

By Mike Bonifer 2 years ago
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[NOTE: For happy reasons, we have postponed the next bigSTORY conference until late summer, 2016. Better for all, we promise.]

The Next Act for HR is the theme of our first 2016 conference. It will be a half-day experience in downtown Los Angeles that will look at the evolving organization, and HR’s changing role in it.

The centerpiece of the event will be an immersive theater performance.

Attendees will find themselves in the executive offices of a company having a day unlike any day it has ever had before. The future of the company is at stake. Vision clashes with history. Personal stories are in conflict with operations.

Audience members will choose which employees to follow as the day unfolds. We’ll provide the audience with a set of criteria for evaluating the company’s and its employees’ performance as theater, a living story.

The roles of HR, Organizational Development and Organizational Effectiveness professionals are undergoing a radical transformation due to technologies that automate tasks once performed by human beings. With big change comes big opportunities. But only if we move with the change.

Our May 23 event will offer ways of moving with the change. New KPIs for business performance. New ways of viewing organizational effectiveness as a living, co-created story. Fresh takes on how employees can advocate for brands, and turn cost savings into revenue-generating activities. A possible direction for the future of human beings in an increasingly mechanized workplace.

Please join us!





  Diversity, Opportunity, Organizational Effectiveness
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 Mike Bonifer

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Mike Bonifer is the co-founder and Chief Creative Officer for bigSTORY, a company of strategists & practitioners who are first in the world to utilize quantum storytelling, an emerging organizational science that accounts for how stories are created, live in networks, and influence behaviors. Throughout his professional life, Bonifer has been in the forefront of emerging storytelling practices and technologies. As the publicist on Tron, the author of The Art of Tron, and the writer and producer of Computers are People, Too, he explained computer-generated imagery to the analog world. As a founding producer of The Disney Channel, he pioneered the Walt Disney Company’s entrance into cable television with the legendary documentary series, Disney Family Album. As the producer of the award-winning website for Toy Story, he introduced movie fans around the world to Pixar’s extraordinary storytelling. He co-founded Network LIVE, which lives on as Control Room, producer of some of the biggest online music events in the world, including 2007’s Live Earth concerts for the environment, for which he served as Chief Storyteller. In 2007, he wrote and published GameChangers – Improvisation for Business in the Networked World, and, with Dr. Virginia Kuhn of USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, co-founded GameChangers, a learning company that applied improvisation to business communication. His work with GameChangers dramatically improved the performances in units of companies such as Skype, Gap Inc. The Walt Disney Company, United Airlines Media, Gawker Media, NetApp and GE. He has conducted university workshops in Public Health, Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Sociology and Cinema; collaborated with Alan Alda on a workshop for the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC; explained quantum storytelling to physicists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; coached Ron “The Gangster Gardener” Finley on his famous TED Talk on urban gardening; and returned to his old hometown in Indiana, to tell stories about the legendary smalltown Hoosier baskeball team, his childhood heroes,The Ireland Spuds. He was the featured storyteller at the 2014 San Miguel International Storytelling Festival in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He and his son, Alex, perform a two-person improv act called BonBon, the only father-son comedy improv act in the world (that they know of). In 2015, he will tour Panama, Guatemala and Nicaragua on behalf of the Notre Dame Executive Education program. With bigSTORY, Bonifer and Jeremi Karnell have created a home for one of the most remarkable advances in storytelling of our lifetimes. A way of seeing the world through the lens of the stories we create together. A theory that accounts for the brilliant possibilities that await us when your story and my story become our story.