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Articles, reader boards, podcasts, and workshops all provide quotable quotes and actionable ideas that I call “Seen Elsewhere.” Sometimes I keep these seen elsewhere items in my own files. Other times I am reminded of a client or a friend, so I copy the item to share. I’ve even been known to text custom license plate and reader board photos to people who would enjoy the messages.

Maker Quarterly’s 14th issue titled Lead, Serve highlights leaders in a variety of businesses doing work in ways that inspire others. Seen in this issue are three articles that echoed the messages co-author Ken Baker and I shared in our book Building Community in Buildings (available on Amazon).

Here are the standout Seen Elsewhere quotes from Maker Quarterly that remind me of Building Community in Buildings.

  • I’d love to see the public demand more of their built environment. Jordan Kushins
  • For an Advanced Technologies Center, designers were tasked with creating a new workplace where research and development in mapping, vehicle safety, and autonomous transportation would take place, espousing values like hard work, dedication, and creativity for a brand that prizes disruptive, original thinking. Jeff Jarl
  • Humans design their lives as they go. We’d do better to incorporate as much of this live-as-it’s-lived in our work as soon as we can. John Dugan

Building Community in Buildings speaks to human responsive design and human resource development in its seven chapters, grouped into three parts. Part 1: The Science of Healthy Buildings. Part 2: The Art of Creating Culture in Towers. Part 3: The Science and Art of Increased Productivity in Buildings. The book was born of my observations that building workplace community in towers is more challenging that in buildings with only two floors. Why? Because when people walk through other work areas they are more likely to collaborate and co-create than when they get onto elevators. Co-author Ken Baker’s subject matter expertise in green-building and in human responsive design brings to life real examples of buildings in which the building is energy efficient, people-centric, and aesthetically pleasing too. Share the news!

What have you seen elsewhere that has stuck with you? Inspired you? Redirected your work?

What have you seen elsewhere that you can share helpfully with others?

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