What I’ve Been Up To

Just an update on my recent work… My writings here have been sparse at best lately but it’s mainly because I’m doing so much research and consulting elsewhere. Some of it is now available online so here’s the overview:

My 6-month fellowship at the Deloitte Center for the Edge has been fantastic. It’s been a great opportunity to hone my research, dive into some meaty topics, and work to refine my communication skills so that I can make some pretty complex stuff meaningful to a broader audience. It’s also been a tremendous opportunity to work directly with John Hagel and John Seely Brown – two verifiable wizards, each in their own right.

The fellowship is wrapping up at the end of December so I’m starting to whip up my next gig. Give me a shout if you’ve got any interesting collaborations…

Here’s the first Center paper I’ve contributed to for the 2013 Shift Index From Exponential Technologies to Exponential Innovation. I wrote a fair bit of this, including the stuff on Autodesk Project Cyborg. I’ve also contributed peripherally to The Burdens of the Past – an overview of Shift Index metrics for 2013, as well as Success or Struggle: ROA as a true measure of business performance.

My own paper will be published in the next month, focusing on how we can re-frame seeming contradictions into mutual opportunities. I address complexity as a defining characteristic of contemporary social, organizational, and economic systems and then explore some of the ways we can evolve and adapt to reach greater performance and, ultimately, overcome some of the inherited biases we have about the world.

So that’s my day job. On the side I’ve been consulting with the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry to help them design and articulate an upcoming exhibit for the future home of 2050. When they first reached out to me I was worried about the old trope of “the housewife of the future – she’s so bored, the kitchen does all the work!” but I was quickly disabused of this notion. The team is exceptionally smart and considerate and deeply committed to a realistic yet aspirational vision. This has been a lot of fun and they’re all really great folks with tremendous reach into the lives of many people.

The main partner with Chicago MSI is Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, the prestigious architectural firm notable for designing the Burj Khalifa and One World Trade Center, among many, many others. It’s been great to collaborate with them and now I’m doing some direct work for their firm. I’ll be back in Chicago presenting on three main points: architecture as a dialog with time, the likely shape of the world in 10 years, and how SOM can articulate its practice and firm to meet the challenges ahead and grow their reach and impact in the world. I’m truly honored to be able to offer my thoughts to such an exemplary organization!

Also, just in passing, I’ve had the distinct pleasure to do a bit of work recently with Intel’s Futurist and Principle Engineer, Brian David Johnson. Looks like we’ll be collaborating more in the, uh, future. ;)

Finally(!), I’m in the studio as much as possible working on a full-length album under the Harry Selassie moniker. This work will build on my recent Inner Space EP as well as the dubbier work of Man Crab but with a much richer and unique sound, matching atmospherics, FM synthesis, and the thunderous power of MOOG. I think I’m finally finding my sound! Eventually all this stuff is going to merge and I’ll develop Concrete Dub as a full-time gig writing music for architecture. :) [BTW, those who’ve been following my efforts, I’m working Sathorn Unique and Torre de David into that SOM talk.]

Anyway, thanks for your time and support as always. Cheers!

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