Tag Archive for: sustainability

Designing the Future: The Role of Deliberate Diversity

Cornell_logo2-1s7ocw0I’ve just returned from a Cornell University class reunion that reminded me of several very important principles that have guided most of my work and my life since I was an undergraduate there fifty years ago.

Today I want to share one of many important insights that emerged out of three days of lectures, conversations, meals, and other on-campus experiences that are better left unmentioned. I have a deep and renewed appreciation that I am who I am today because of my seven years as a Cornell undergraduate and graduate student.

Cornell University is an unusual – and remarkably diverse – institution.

Cornell was founded in 1865 (shortly after the end of the Civil War) when Ezra Cornell created the campus by donating his farmland on the hills above Ithaca, New York, and bringing to life his vision of “an institution where any person could find instruction in any study.” Read more

Future of Work Agenda Newsletter: June 2010

This is the June 2010 issue of our free monthly newsletter, Future of Work Agenda. We welcome comments on any of these articles. You can also access the newsletter directly on our website, at this link.

June has busted out all over, and sadly the month is almost over. But if you, like us, are based in the northern hemisphere, you are finally enjoying the beginning of summer. [continue reading...]

New Book on Cost-Efficient, Sustainable Facility Practices to Debut at World Workplace

We are very pleased to share the following special announcement from the IFMA Foundation (Charlie and I authored one chapter of the book and did much of the production and quality-control editing):


HOUSTON — (Sept. 11, 2009) — The IFMA Foundation is pleased to announce a new publication detailing how facility professionals can immediately cut operating costs, institute sustainable building practices and gain a voice in the strategic facility decisions made within their organizations.

Cut it Out: Save for Today, Build for Tomorrow is an 11-chapter quick-reference guide focused on efficiency and featuring distinguished authors from organizations such as Jones Lang LaSalle, SCAN Health Plan, iNPOINT Advisors and the Work Design Collaborative.

The new book will be formally unveiled during a press conference on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. during the International Facility Management Association’s World Workplace 2009 Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla. It has been produced in partnership with Steelcase, JohnsonDiversey, Acuity Brands and other industry-leading companies.

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Happy Earth Day

This is a day to celebrate our progress towards a sustainable future and think hard about how far we have yet to go. As I said here almost two years ago, “The Future of Work Will be Green.” I may be an eternal optimist, but I do believe we’re making progress.

There’s an intriguing story in today’s San Francisco Chronicle (“Net tool tracks carbon footprint by ZIP code“) describing a new web application developed by Cisco Systems. [continue reading...]

Work Design Collaborative and Realcomm Team Up for Realcomm Summit 2009

Prescott, Arizona – April 21, 2009 Work Design Collaborative, LLC, is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Realcomm Conference Group, LLC, a global leader in providing education, information and networking opportunities for the commercial real estate industry, to present a work design summit at Realcomm 2009.

“The Future of Work | Mobile Workforce Summit” will be held Monday, June 22, 2009, from 1:00 to 5:00pm at the Chicago Hyatt Regency. [continue reading...]

Thinking – and Acting – Globally

Yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle carried an encouraging public statement (“Thinking globally in the bay area“) from the mayors of San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland (Chuck Reed, Gavin Newsome, and Ronald Dellums), which of course are the three biggest cities in the Bay Area.

I hope I’m not just being naively optimistic; this is a strong statement about the critical importance for the Bay Area, and indeed all of California and the entire United States, to move to a radically different kind of economic base (they downplay the degree of change, but I think that’s pure politics coming through to make the concept more palatable).

The statement announces the mayors’ commitment to something called The Bay Area Climate Change Collaborative, or BACCC (the full charter is available online here)

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