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Join us at KA Connect 2015

KA Connect 2015, our annual conference, will take place at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on May 5th and 6th, 2015.

We'll be pulling together the program for next year's conference over the next several months. Past topics have included:

  • Building Long-Term Knowledge
  • Orchestrating Digital Communities
  • Where is Technology Headed?
  • Connecting the Built Environment
  • Trends in Web Communications
  • Knowledge Management in Practice
  • Leading a Connected Practice
  • Thought Leadership in the AEC Industry

Take advance of Early Registration Pricing while we plan.


 
Author: Christopher Parsons

KA Connect 2015

KA Connect 2015 will take place at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on May 5th and 6th, 2015.

Senior and emerging leaders from top AEC firms will lead case studies, workshops, panel discussions, and breakout groups on building highly connected practices. We'll be announcing speakers and program details over the next several months.

Take advantage of early registration pricing while we plan.

Before September 26th, 2014 $795.00
Before January 23rd, 2015 $995.00
Before March 20th, 2015 $1,195.00
After March 20th, 2015 $1,395.00

Learn more about KA Connect 2015

Posted: August 26, 2014 | View this Post
 
Author: Christopher Parsons



MindMixer provides communities with online engagement tools that allow them to have more productive, collaborative conversations. 700 communities around the world use MindMixer to connect over 1 million participants online.

Stephen Hardy, MindMixer's Chief Product Officer, shared his insights for building thriving online communities at KA Connect 2014. In this clip, Stephen shares four tips for community managers looking to drive more engaging discussions:

#1: Don't Be Afraid to Ask Detailed Questions


Stephen Hardy 2014 Be Descriptive
"We kind of assumed that youd want to be short and sweet and get right to the point (when phrasing discussion topics). What we found is longer questions indicate more investment on your part in really wanting good answers."

#2: Positively Worded Questions Outperform Negatively Worded Questions


Stephen Hardy 2014 Be Positive
"Questions with positive emotional achievement words encourage participation. 'Best', 'great', 'proud', 'win', 'advance', and 'overcome are positive achievement words that will give you a much better result than if youre saying 'keep in mind we have a limited budget' or 'under constraints.' Exclusive words like 'not', 'rather', 'don't', and 'block' dont perform nearly as well."

#3: Use the Word 'We' to Make Questions More Engaging


Stephen Hardy 2014 Use The Word We
"Highlight personal affiliations. The average number of times that just the word 'we' is used in questions is an indication of how successful youll be in getting engagement around a response."

#4: Acknowledging Participant Contributions Makes All the Difference


Stephen Hardy 2014 Acknowledge Positive Contributions
"On the left is an example of a community who through time was responding and making sure that people were acknowledged. On the rightcrickets. Somebody asked a question and there was no response on the other end of it. What we've seen time and time again is that there's a direct relationship between re-engagement, feedback, affirmation and the willingness of a community to be coming back and participating with you through time."

Want to learn more?



Watch Stephen Hardy's full KA Connect 2014 Talk "No One Knows As Much As Everyone" and/or the full panel discussion on "Orchestrating Digital Communities".

Posted: August 20, 2014 | View this Post
 
Author: Christopher Parsons



The talks from KA Connect 2014 are now available online.

Enjoy.

Posted: July 28, 2014 | View this Post
 
Author: Christopher Parsons



Vanessa DiMauro gave a great talk at KA Connect 2014 called "Secrets of Great Communities and Community Managers." Vanessa is uniquely qualified to speak to this topic. Her company, Leader Networks, specializes in helping businesses build deeper relationships with key stakeholders like clients, members, and employees through digital B2B communities.

In her talk, Vanessa shared 5 things that great communities and community managers do well. Vanessa's talk will be up on the KA Connect website (along with all the other talks from the conference) in a few weeks. In the interim, here are Vanessa's five secrets:

#1: Great online communities are strategic.
#2: Great online communities develop a 90-day plan, every 90 days.
#3: People come for content and stay for community.
#4: When online communities become great, the members take control.
#5: Great online communities demonstrate tangible value over time.


You can find more detail in this blog post. Anything to add?

Posted: July 10, 2014 | View this Post
 
Author: Christopher Parsons

ARCHITECT R+D Awards

Many member firms of the KA Connect community are investing in R+D. If you haven't seen it, ARCHITECT Magazine has been running an annual R+D awards program for the last eight years. Here's a short summary of the program:

"To celebrate the building technologies that are revolutionizing the process and product of architecture, ARCHITECT magazine announces its eighth annual R+D Awards program. The awards honor innovative design and systems at every scalefrom entire buildings to building systems, discrete products and materials, and digital tools such as software, cloud-based platforms, and mobile apps. The R+D Awards welcome entries of all types to encourage the broadest possible dialogue among architects, engineers, manufacturers, researchers, students, and designers of all disciplines."


More information about the award program's rules and regulations and past award winners is available on the ARCHITECT site.

Good luck!

Posted: April 03, 2014 | View this Post
 
Author: Christopher Parsons

KA Connect Books

We talk about books quite a bit in the KA Connect community, both online and at our conferences. The team at Knowledge Architecture is constantly asked for book recommendations on a variety of topics---from knowledge management to research to thought leadership.

I have been wanting to put together a KA Connect book list for a while now. Last week, one of our clients posted a request for a list of knowledge management books in our client community, which was the final nudge I needed. I went through my bookshelf, my Kindle, old blog posts and presentations, as well as KA Connect talks and LinkedIn Group discussions to pull together version 1.0 of KA Connect Books, which you can find here:

http://www.ka-connect.com/books.php

Some of the books in this list are new. Some are old. Some are AEC-specific. Others are more general in nature. The unifying factor of the collection is that these are books we have read over and over. Books we use in our practice. Books we recommend again and again.

I hope you enjoy them.

Posted: February 13, 2014 | View this Post
 
Author: KA Connect

KA Connect 2014 Mosaic

The A/E Firm Website of 2015
Jason Mlicki, Principal, Rattleback

The 4x4 Model for Winning Knowledge Content
Bill Shander, Founder/CEO, Beehive Media

AEC-APPS: Community as a Competitive Advantage
Nick Holt, Technical Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Secrets of Great Communities & Community Managers
Vanessa DiMauro, CEO and Managing Partner, Leader Networks

Buildings: The Ultimate Smartphone Accessory
Alex Serriere, Director of Research, TEECOM

Future-Proofing your Design Technology Strategy
Steve Sanderson, Director of Implementation, CASE

What Transportation Can Be: Technology for the Next Generation
Bruce Haldors, President and CEO, Transpo Group

Connect your Future: Building the Connected Practice of Tomorrow
Christopher Parsons, Founder and CEO, Knowledge Architecture

Integrated Knowledge Flow: Enhancing Culture and Practice
Stefnee Trzpuc, Knowledge Management Specialist, BWBR

Change is the New Black: Building a Sharing Culture at
Mead & Hunt

Pat Peyton, Leader of Knowledge Management, Mead & Hunt
Kathy Schumann, Leader of Employee Communications, Mead & Hunt

Scenario Planning: A Creative Tool for Future Strategies
Ray Kogan, President, Kogan & Company

Successful Knowledge Transfer During Leadership Transition
Andy Fry, COO, Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Connecting People with Data
Nick Vlattas, COO, Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company

The Case for Thought Leadership in the AEC Industry
Bob Buday, Partner, Bloom Group LLC

Join us at KA Connect 2014


KA Connect 2014 will take place at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on June 3rd and 4th, 2014.

We'll be announcing additional speakers and program details over the next several months.

Take advantage of early registration pricing while we plan.

Before February 18th, 2014 $995.00
After February 18th, 2014 $1,195.00
After April 4th, 2014 $1,395.00

Register Now

Posted: January 28, 2014 | View this Post
 
Author: KA Connect



It's our fifth year! Over the past four years, more than 140 speakers have shared their stories from the KA Connect stage. We've attracted a growing audience of AEC industry professionals from all over the world, with 165 people joining us for KA Connect 2013.

We're building the program for KA Connect 2014 and seeking great stories about the following topics:

  • Websites + External Communications
  • Content Development + Reuse
  • Intranets + Internal Communications
  • Technology Best Practices
  • Data Visualization
  • Building Knowledge Teams
  • Leading a Connected Practice
A successful KA Connect talk will:

  • Tell a compelling story
  • Make an argument for an idea
  • Teach us something
For examples of talks from previous years, click here.
We will accept submissions for KA Connect 2014 talks on a rolling basis through February 4th, 2014. The sooner you submit your application, the better shot you have at being considered for the program.

Posted: December 09, 2013 | View this Post
 
Author: Christopher Parsons

Great article on the HBR blog this week about data visualization by KA Connect member Bill Shander. My takeaway from the article is that all companies could benefit from data visualization, but some need it more than others.

In Bill's words, "companies selling complex solutions to complex problems should embrace the power of data visualization."

What do you think? Could your firm benefit from data visualization? How so?

Join the conversation on the KA Connect LinkedIn Group.

Posted: November 21, 2013 | View this Post
 
Author: Christopher Parsons

KA Connect 2014

KA Connect 2014 will take place at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on June 3rd and 4th, 2014.

Senior and emerging leaders from top AEC firms will lead case studies, workshops, panel discussions, and breakout groups on the following topics:

Websites + External Communications
Content Development + Reuse
Intranets + Internal Communications
Technology Best Practices
Data Visualization
Building Knowledge Teams
Leading a Connected Practice

We'll be announcing speakers and program details over the next several months.

Take advantage of early registration pricing while we plan.

Posted: October 08, 2013 | View this Post
 
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