What motivates designers to share knowledge? Fed Negro on Crowdsourcing Design at KA Connect 2010

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We’ve all heard of Wikipedia. People come together from all over the world with a common goal of creating knowledge. For free.

But could crowdsourcing work in the AEC industry? And if so, what would motivate designers to help each other, answer questions, and share knowledge, all for free?

Watch CASE Design co-founder Federico Negro’s 7-minute KA Connect 2010 talk to find out.

Posted: September 24th, 2010 | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments Off on What motivates designers to share knowledge? Fed Negro on Crowdsourcing Design at KA Connect 2010

“There are 4 P’s in Practice.” Bob Batcheler at KA Connect 2010

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                                                                 Bob Batcheler, Co-Founder, Newforma

According to Bob Batcheler of Newforma there are 4 P’s in Practice – People, Process, Projects, and pTechnology.

(He explains in his talk that engineers can’t spell.)

Batch’s 18-minute KA Connect 2010 talk is full of case studies, observations, and wisdom gleaned over a career of helping AEC firms leverage technology to work more efficiently.

Watch “There are 4 P’s in Practice” to walk away with proven strategies for turning information into knowledge. You’ll also get some excellent book recommendations along the way.

Posted: August 20th, 2010 | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | Comments Off on “There are 4 P’s in Practice.” Bob Batcheler at KA Connect 2010

“Knowing how to tell stories is where it’s at.” Anne Scarlett at KA Connect 2010

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                                                 Anne Scarlett, President of Scarlett Consulting

Anne Scarlett believes that stories are powerful tools for marketing your firms’ knowledge because stories sell and they teach.

“Stories sell externally because they keep you top of mind with your clients and prospects. But stories can also sell internally, because they can sell company policies or a new direction you are taking your firm. Knowing how to tell stories is where it’s at.”

Watch or download “Storytelling: The Key to Marketing Knowledge” to learn a four-step process your firm can apply to develop more effective stories.

Posted: August 12th, 2010 | Filed under: All Posts | Tags: | Comments Off on “Knowing how to tell stories is where it’s at.” Anne Scarlett at KA Connect 2010

“In augmented reality, the architect becomes a true media architect.” Lira Luis at KA Connect 2010

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                                                               “The Unifying Force,” © Lira Luis 2010

What would Frank Lloyd Wright say about the way we collaborate today? Would he use Skype? GoToMeeting? BIM?

Could he have imagined a future where his clients would interact with buildings through Twitter and iPads?

Lira Luis thinks that we are on the cusp of the next wave of disruptive collaboration technology. She thinks augmented reality is about to hit us in a big way.

Watch Lira’s seven-minute KA Connect 2010 talk for a brisk journey through the last century of evolving collaboration models.

Posted: August 6th, 2010 | Filed under: All Posts | Tags: | Comments Off on “In augmented reality, the architect becomes a true media architect.” Lira Luis at KA Connect 2010

“We’re spending so much time becoming architects that we don’t spend enough time remaining them.” Randy Deutsch at KA Connect 2010

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                                                                    30 Fillings, 2010 © Randy Deutsch

Randy Deutsch is many things — An architect. An author. A frequent contributor on the industry’s leading social networks. A blogger. (With three blogs.)

Randy is also a midcareer professional. He believes we disproportionately focus on the beginning and the end of our careers and overlook the middle.

Watch “The Reemerging Midcareer Professional’s Companion” for Randy’s take on what it means to be a midcareerist and his strategies for reengaging the profession in a time of technological and economic upheaval. You’ll also learn what an overstuffed Oreo and your career have in common.

Posted: July 30th, 2010 | Filed under: All Posts | Tags: | Comments Off on “We’re spending so much time becoming architects that we don’t spend enough time remaining them.” Randy Deutsch at KA Connect 2010

“You should really think about how you talk about what you do.” Josh Lobel at KA Connect 2010

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                                                                    Josh Lobel, The Josh Lobel Initiative

Josh Lobel thinks that we have fallen into an infinite recursive loop — we are seduced by well-worn promises of technology, for example, “let designers get back to designing,” and then we leap to new tools while failing to capture the benefit from the latest round of tools we invested in.

“The use of the tools has gotten well ahead of our ability to conceptualize and talk about them and we need to catch up.”

In “CAD Metaphors,” Josh sprints through half a century of the most influential writing about technology and the process of making.

Watch Josh Lobel’s KA Connect 2010 talk for his passionate critique of “how we talk about what we do.”

Posted: July 23rd, 2010 | Filed under: All Posts | Tags: | Comments Off on “You should really think about how you talk about what you do.” Josh Lobel at KA Connect 2010

“All organizations are learning organizations, but not all learning is good learning.” John Soter at KA Connect 2010

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                                                                         John Soter, Principal, ZweigWhite

John Soter believes that creating a culture of learning is the most important role of the leader. Absent the active engagement of the leadership, investments in knowledge and learning programs, systems, and tools are doomed to fail.

“In demonstrating commitment with a strong personal endorsement, leaders of organizations signal the importance and shape of the new environment…Once “the why” is established, and not before, the tools, systems, structures and other “how” elements can follow. “ (9:44)

John’s measured, and serious talk at KA Connect 2010 hit on a critical issue without pulling any punches.

Watch “A 12-Step Program for a Learning Organization” to see how John entertained conference attendees by reading from the “Holy Book of Knowledge Management and Learning,” sharing a parable about apes, and suggesting a 12-step recovery program for leaders of learning organizations.

Posted: July 15th, 2010 | Filed under: All Posts | Tags: | 1 Comment »

“5 years ago in the UK, all architects were peasants.” Pete Walsham at KA Connect 2010

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                                                                 Pete Walsham, Co-Founder of Axomic 

Pete Walsham of Axomic has seen tyranny firsthand.

The tyranny of file-based image management.

In “The Three Ages of DAM,” Pete shares his experiences helping architects escape from “file-system feudalism” and embrace the liberties of web-based image management.

Watch Pete’s 7-minute KA Connect 2010 talk for a fast-paced history of image management in architecture, an assessment of today’s best practices, and a glimpse into the future of image management.

Posted: July 9th, 2010 | Filed under: All Posts | Tags: | Comments Off on “5 years ago in the UK, all architects were peasants.” Pete Walsham at KA Connect 2010

Leveraging Learning: Pam Britton at KA Connect 2010

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                                                       Pam Britton, The Knowledge Environment

Pam Britton thinks that it is wonderful that most firms invest in training and development programs for their teams.

But are they getting their money’s worth?

In “Leveraging Learning” Pam Britton, Principal of The Knowledge Environment, shares her 5-step strategy for getting the most out of your organizational learning programs.

Our favorite is Step 1 – “Do less and do it better.”

Watch Pam’s KA Connect 2010 talk for the rest of the story.

Posted: July 1st, 2010 | Filed under: All Posts | Tags: | Comments Off on Leveraging Learning: Pam Britton at KA Connect 2010

Engaging the Tools: Dave Fano at KA Connect 2010

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                                             Dave Fano, Founding Partner Case Design, Inc.

Dave Fano wanted his students to learn how to design and build using the latest digital tools. He wanted his students to understand that it takes more than tools to make a “master builder.” He also wanted them to keep all of their fingers.

In “Engaging the Tools,“ Dave tells the story of a course he designed for his architecture students at Columbia University. Dave took his students beyond the walls of the design studio and out to the shops of local fabricators, the folks who his students will be collaborating with once they graduate.

Watch Dave’s 7-minute talk to find out about what they learned.

Posted: June 25th, 2010 | Filed under: All Posts | Tags: | Comments Off on Engaging the Tools: Dave Fano at KA Connect 2010