Friday, March 11, 2011
Inspired by the genius professor from my alma mater, Sambo Mockbee, Emily Pilloton has taken a different route with Project H and Studio H. As high school educators, they are using design to make a difference in impoverished counties; teaching students to create for their OWN community. Their "Shop Class" cleverly integrates multiple disciplines into learning and challenges students' thinking through hands-on playful activities. This approach sounds similar to the principles of 21st Century Learning, something I've learned a lot about while exploring schools for our 4-year old. How wonderful that the same principles can be inspire all levels of education.
Check out their extraordinary work http://www.projecthdesign.org/
Posted by Lucy at 12:04 PM
Monday, March 7, 2011
HD Summit, produced by Hospitality Design magazine for over a decade, was held last week outside of Los Angeles, California. The Summit gathers manufacturers, owners, operators, purchasing agents, designers and architects for a series of lectures and networking events. This was ai3’s first attendance, at the invitation of our good friends at Loewenstein/OFS Brands, and we appreciated the look outside of the hospitality industry for ideas and inspiration.
What message did I leave with?
The path to innovation and understanding our future is:
Limited by Our Fear of Failure
Affected by Our Ability to Make Time to Think the Unthinkable
What do I want to do now, before it’s too late?
Be driven by My Emotions, NOT Rational Decisions.
Have a Heart-Storm, not a Brainstorm.
Cultivate Surprise & Learn to Embrace It.
Meet New People Nothing Like Me; Increase my Knowledge and thus, my Innovative Thinking
Be in a Relaxed State of Thinking
Act as my Child; Taking a chance because I don’t Know There is a Wrong Answer
Hilary Austen, co-author, Artistry Unleashed: A Guide to Pursuing Great Performances in Work and Life, asked an important question:
Aren’t our clients’ emotional responses important to our success?
We are marketing an Experience, not a Product. If we create something that connects, that is irresistible to a specific group, it will move faster than anything else.
Tom Savigar of The Future Laboratory simply summarized:
Be Crowd-Driven: Orchestrate new chaotic networks; Don’t be a sole Inventor.
Be Clean: Pick what you can make a difference with.
Be a Dreamer: Break down the Rules; Engage in Storytelling.
My selected "Networking Event" was Surfing Lessons with Doug Shapiro of OFS Brands. I hope this was my first step to following some of these principles!!!
Posted by Lucy at 1:59 PM