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Join us at KA Connect 2015

KA Connect 2015, our annual conference, will take place at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on May 5th and 6th, 2015.

We'll be pulling together the program for next year's conference over the next several months. Past topics have included:

  • 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

Take advance of Early Registration Pricing while we plan.


 
Author: Christopher Parsons



The talks from KA Connect 2014 are now available online.

Enjoy.

Posted: July 28, 2014 | View this Post
 
Author: Christopher Parsons



Vanessa DiMauro gave a great talk at KA Connect 2014 called "Secrets of Great Communities and Community Managers." Vanessa is uniquely qualified to speak to this topic. Her company, Leader Networks, specializes in helping businesses build deeper relationships with key stakeholders like clients, members, and employees through digital B2B communities.

In her talk, Vanessa shared 5 things that great communities and community managers do well. Vanessa's talk will be up on the KA Connect website (along with all the other talks from the conference) in a few weeks. In the interim, here are Vanessa's five secrets:

#1: Great online communities are strategic.
#2: Great online communities develop a 90-day plan, every 90 days.
#3: People come for content and stay for community.
#4: When online communities become great, the members take control.
#5: Great online communities demonstrate tangible value over time.


You can find more detail in this blog post. Anything to add?

Posted: July 10, 2014 | View this Post
 
Author: Christopher Parsons

ARCHITECT R+D Awards

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."


More information about the award program's rules and regulations and past award winners is available on the ARCHITECT site.

Good luck!

Posted: April 03, 2014 | View this Post
 
Author: Christopher Parsons

KA Connect Books

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:

http://www.ka-connect.com/books.php

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.

Posted: February 13, 2014 | View this Post
 
Author: KA Connect

KA Connect 2014 Mosaic

The A/E Firm Website of 2015
Jason Mlicki, Principal, Rattleback

The 4x4 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

Register Now

Posted: January 28, 2014 | View this Post
 
Author: KA Connect



It's our fifth year! Over the past four years, more than 140 speakers have shared their stories from the KA Connect stage. We've attracted a growing audience of AEC industry professionals from all over the world, with 165 people joining us for KA Connect 2013.

We're building the program for KA Connect 2014 and seeking great stories about the following topics:

  • Websites + External Communications
  • Content Development + Reuse
  • Intranets + Internal Communications
  • Technology Best Practices
  • Data Visualization
  • Building Knowledge Teams
  • Leading a Connected Practice
A successful KA Connect talk will:

  • Tell a compelling story
  • Make an argument for an idea
  • Teach us something
For examples of talks from previous years, click here.
We will accept submissions for KA Connect 2014 talks on a rolling basis through February 4th, 2014. The sooner you submit your application, the better shot you have at being considered for the program.

Posted: December 09, 2013 | View this Post
 
Author: Christopher Parsons

Great article on the HBR blog this week about data visualization by KA Connect member Bill Shander. My takeaway from the article is that all companies could benefit from data visualization, but some need it more than others.

In Bill's words, "companies selling complex solutions to complex problems should embrace the power of data visualization."

What do you think? Could your firm benefit from data visualization? How so?

Join the conversation on the KA Connect LinkedIn Group.

Posted: November 21, 2013 | View this Post
 
Author: Christopher Parsons

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.

Senior and emerging leaders from top AEC firms will lead case studies, workshops, panel discussions, and breakout groups on the following topics:

Websites + External Communications
Content Development + Reuse
Intranets + Internal Communications
Technology Best Practices
Data Visualization
Building Knowledge Teams
Leading a Connected Practice

We'll be announcing speakers and program details over the next several months.

Take advantage of early registration pricing while we plan.

Posted: October 08, 2013 | View this Post
 
Author: Christopher Parsons

KA Connect 2013 Speakers

We just posted the talks from KA Connect 2013. Watch them here.

Posted: June 20, 2013 | View this Post
 
Author: Christopher Parsons

This quote above comes from Z Smith, Director of Sustainability and Building Performance at Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (EDR).

I love it.

Amanda Walter recently profiled EDR's paid Research Fellow program on her blog. According to the post:



"Eskew+Dumez+Ripple invests 3% of its revenue in this research initiative. Smith spends half his time on the research program, 25% of his time on ‘applied research’ linked to particular projects, and the remainder is spent directing projects for which he has responsibility."




It's an interesting story. I encourage you to check it out.

This post is the opening salvo in a new study on Thought Leadership in the AEC industry which Walter Communications is running with the Cameron MacAllister Group. Amanda will be presenting their findings at KA Connect 2013 in a talk called "The Landscape of Thought Leadership in the Built Environment Professions."

I'm excited to learn what they find out. I bet they'll generate some surprises.

Posted: March 14, 2013 | View this Post
 
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