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An Argument for the Future Tense

May 29, 2014


In his excellent book, Thank You for Arguing, author Jay Heinrichs provides a thorough and entertaining view of rhetoric, the art of argument and influencing the future behavior of others.  One of Heinrichs’ key points is:  the most influential arguments are done in the future tense.  Past tense rhetoric is known as forensic; it focuses […]

Ditch Bullet Points and Go Long

April 22, 2014


Television content is not a topic in which I am typically well-versed.  Yet, a couple weekends ago I had time and access to the full season of HBO’s “True Detective”.  I stop short of the word addictive, but I found myself driven to see the first five episodes in rapid succession.  I was drawn to […]

New Outlook: How Will You Find Yours?

January 6, 2014


January 1 is just another day, for the most part. Somehow it gets weighed down more than other days with expectations we call Resolutions.  I am a firm believer in resolutions though, because well, you have to choose to make a change sometime—even if the failure rate of New Year’s Resolutions is >85%, or so […]

Summer Interns: Thank You and Good Luck

August 28, 2013


The Doors are known for some classic rock songs; however, some of their portfolio’s relatively unknown tunes can hit just the right emotional note. One of those is a moody little lament called “Summer’s Almost Gone”—very appropriate now. Even for those in the working world, summer has meaning outside of vacations.  A few more social […]

Wellness Guru Getting A/E/C Attention

August 12, 2013


Dr. Richard Jackson, a UCLA School of Public Health Chair, author, professor, physician and all-around policy expert and health advocate, is about to trend. He caught my attention when he co-authored a book called “Urban Sprawl and Public Health”, which I read and attempted to push on my architect friends like a pied piper.  Reading […]

PDC Summit Rant Retrospective

March 21, 2013


I have been out of the blog loop for a little while for various reasons.  One of those reasons was to attend the annual ASHE Planning Design and Construction (PDC) Summit for Healthcare last month.  The last six years I have attended the PDC Summit, arguably the best conference for bringing healthcare providers and designers […]

Futurists and a Map to the Future

September 18, 2012


As an AIA Florida Convention Planning Committee member for the past several years, I have had the opportunity to work with some very talented Florida design practitioners.  The Committee works diligently over six or eight months to shape the annual convention’s theme, determine the content, secure speakers, and help facilitate the actual event on site […]