Accelerating learning and economic development for the Berkshires

New technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and robotics are having a major impact on the nature of work, labor markets, education and training, economic development and more. We are committed to advancing regional understanding of the nature and potential of current and emergent technologies, and how best to take advantage of them while enhancing equity in the Berkshires.

The Tech Impact Forum, an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) initiative, provides an interactive platform with extensive content in concert with our partners, helping to leverage technology with the following aims:

  • Networking:

    Encourage the exchange of innovative ideas and networking among regional stakeholders

  • Skills:

    Increase the technological skills and applications for industry and business, educational institutions, non-profits and government

  • Investment:

    Support and attract new investment that accelerates economic growth, job creation and workforce development in the Berkshires

  • Visibility

    Elevate the visibility and brand of our region to support community advancement


Upcoming Events

Climate Change Risks and Opportunities

Sustainable Development in an Age of Crisis

This summer's storms and wildfires have made one simple fact abundantly clear: the climate crisis is fully upon us. The need to adapt to climate change, both by enacting a full-scale energy transition and increasing resilience to extreme events and other impacts, presents opportunities in the face of increasing risks. In this talk, Michael Burger, Executive Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia Law School, will discuss the latest developments in climate science, the economic and investment implications of the energy transition, and what is happening on the ground in communities in the northeastern U.S., and nationwide, as governments and developers seek to site the renewable energy facilities needed to power a climate-safer future.  The talk with be moderated by Tanja Srebotnjak, the Director of the Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives at Williams College. 


Recent Events

The Future of Cryptocurrency

Big Data's Impact on Workforce Success & Equity

The Digital Economy In Rural America: Closing the Opportunity Gap

Mistrust: A Conversation On Harnessing Technology for the Public Good


Content Library

Fall 2020 Course: Introduction to the Impact of Transformative Technologies on Work and Society


Partnerships

The Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC) and 1Berkshire are core collaborative partners with OLLI at BCC for the Tech Impact Forum. The Forum also partners with Williams College, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, and Bard College at Simon’s Rock. The Tech Impact Forum initiative is organized by an ad hoc committee of OLLI members, and 1Berkshire and BIC staff.

Exploration of these topics is core to the BIC’s mission and our collective ability to understand, adapt, and be leaders in the implementation of these new technologies presents an enormous opportunity for our region’s recovery and growth
Being on the forefront of the next generation of technology will be integral to our regional economy. It’s programs like this that raise the bar, create engagement, and inspire innovation at the regional level, which we need in order to catalyze momentum towards embracing advanced manufacturing and technology as a continued economic driver in the Berkshires
1Berkshire Director of Economic Development, Ben Lamb
This Tech Impact Forum is a groundbreaking initiative and a creative collaboration that we hope will inspire greater economic and community success in the Berkshires through effective and thoughtful use of new technologies
Executive Director of OLLI Megan Whilden
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