Join us! You are invited to participate in the public launch of the DesignShare Blog. Conversations are in progress now!
Be Audacious! The heart and soul of the DesignShare Blog is best expressed in Shakespeare's call: "Arm me with Audacity." While it will continue to be a forum for sharing best practices, the purpose of the blog is to challenge the language of school planning we all use, create provocation and debate, and increase the range of voices and new ideas in critical areas of discourse and design.
Put In Your Two Cents (Euros, Pesos, Riyals, etc.)! Please consider contributing an original post or two! While the blog conversation will evolve into many topics over time, we are asking everyone to consider the "language of school design" as a jumping-off point in these early days. At the same time, if you have a topic or idea that extends beyond this, please feel free to trust your instincts. Even feel free to revisit a past article or interview (of yours or others) and give it a fresh look by "continuing the story" or idea.
Add More Voices to the Blog: While many of us are architects, planners, and designers, we are looking forward to following in the footsteps of the 2005 "Great Schools by Design" Summit by bringing many more stakeholders to the table. We hope you'll invite others from different professions and backgrounds to participate as well. This includes students and parents, teachers and administrators, business and nonprofit partners, philanthropic funders and community activists, policy makers and politicians, researchers and academics, friends and foes and those happily in-between.
Funny what can come your way when you least expect it...
On a side note, I was humbled to be called by Randy Fielding, the founder of DesignShare, 2 1/2 weeks ago to see if I'd be interested in helping his nonprofit team create a blog that would seek to push the school design conversation on a national and international level. It has been a whirlwind experience late at night and on the weekends working with a virtual team spread around the U.S. and the world, building an open-source blog-site, and beginning to work with professionals and stakeholders passionate about the future evolution of educational facility planning and design.
While I am officially described as the "Blog Administrator and Champion," the most invigorating thing of all is that over time more and more people will be publishing original material on their own, thus once we get beyond the start-up phase this should truly become a multi-authored blog that lives up to the very best of conversation. Any of you who have patiently read/listened to me discuss my desire for "think:lab" to become a more vibrant conversation (rather than just me posting) will understand how terrifically ironic that the very same day that I considered closing "think:lab" was the very same day that Randy gave me a call.
Irony? Serendipity? Web2.0 wonder?
Can you say all of the above?!!