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 scale—from 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.”
So says Fred Wilson, author of AVC, one of the most widely-read tech blogs. So why does he still blog?
That was topic of his post this morning. Here’s the short answer:
“So why have I continued to blog every day when plenty of people have moved to tweeting and get similar benefits? Well for one, I am a creature of habit and routine and hate breaking things that are working for me. And second, I like to work things out on the page. It’s a puzzle to me. 140 characters is a challenge but ten paragraphs is a bigger challenge. And finally, because you can express yourself more fully in a blog post than a tweet (or a tweet stream).”
His second point really resonated with me. Writing is a powerful way to discover what I really think about something, especially when I write first thing, before my mind has a chance to get cluttered with other people’s ideas.
In short, the idea of morning pages is to write in your journal at the beginning of each and every day, even if you have nothing to say, nothing to figure out. Just write. At least a page. Sometimes it will be worthless. That’s fine. You will just accept it. But more often than not something will emerge after a few pages—perhaps the solution to a problem you’ve been wrestling with, or perhaps even a solution to a problem you weren’t even conscious of. It works. It’s magical. You should try it.
As much as I love Twitter, and I do, I agree with Fred that while 140 characters is a challenge, writing blog posts is ultimately a more gratifying experience because I end up learning more about myself and the world around me.
That’s why I still blog. How about you?
A simple intranet idea. Pass it on.
KA Connect 2014, our annual conference, 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 gather to learn strategies and tactics for building highly connected practices. A wide range of experts will share their knowledge through case studies and panel discussions on the following topics:
- 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
Attendees will have ample time to network and collaborate with their peers in breakout groups.
We hope you’ll join us.
Synthesis Workshops combine short talks, working groups, and social networking (the old-fashioned kind).
Our clients share innovative digital and analog approaches to connecting their practices. We share our product roadmaps and sneak previews of new technology from the lab.
Our next workshop will be in San Francisco on June 5th from 8:30 AM – 5 PM, following KA Connect 2014.
View the full agenda.
This is the recording from today’s “Synthesis 4.5 Overview” client webinar. The webinar is about 30 minutes long and includes a demo of Synthesis 4.5 as well as a Q+A session about this release and beyond.
In addition to the webinar, we have produced the following resources to assist you with your Synthesis 4.5 upgrade:
We’re looking forward to getting all of you upgraded to Synthesis 4.5. Please feel free to send any questions or comments to email@example.com.
Synthesis 4.5 is the latest release of our social intranet for architects and engineers. Our main goal in designing this release was to improve readability by removing clutter and allowing users to focus on the most essential information.
It will be available on April 7th.
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:
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.
The A/E Firm Website of 2015
Jason Mlicki, Principal, Rattleback
The 4×4 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