This workshop presented by Thought Warrior, Inc. at the 2014 Design Matters Conference in Washington, DC (November 12-15) focused on the challenges facing leaders of architectural organizations to explain the value and impact of design to lay audiences. Professional story coaches from Thought Warrior, Inc. worked with one AAO participant over a series of weeks; "before" and "after" pitches were presented as part of this general workshop on effective storytelling.
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This workshop at the 2014 Design Matters Conference in Washington, DC (November 12-15) provided small group discussion on the topic of diversifying boards of directors of nonprofit design organizations. Session facilitator Mary Case, a principal at Qm2 Consulting, has provided a series of resource materials and additional readings that accompany her workshop, including topics currently trending in the area of board governance. Interesting reading, should you be looking for more resources on this issue.
For her keynote address delivered at the 2014 Design Matters Conference in Washington, DC (November 12-15), Mary Rowe shared an insider look at the strategies and organizing principles driving The Municipal Art Society of New York and its efforts to take up a strong local leadership position in post-Sandy New York City and throughout the Tri-State region, in addition to developing an international partnership network that help sharpen the thinking of MAS staff members. For any organization wondering how it might better mobilize its constituents, this is a fine presentation stocked with clear learning points.
Presented during the 2014 Design Matters Conference in Washington, DC (November 12-15), National Building Museum curator Chrysanthe Broikos shared an overview of the museum recent exhibition on climate change and disaster preparedness, "Designing for Disaster." This presentations offers highlights of the exhibition, as well as the context driving its development (i.e., learning goals, target audiences). This is a helpful resource for understanding the planning and delivery of a large-scale architecture exhibition.
Presented during an AAO members breakfast round table at the 2014 Design Matters Conference, Berit Hoff and Cynthia Kracauer (AIA NY / Center for Architecture) share notes on the opportunities and challenges in stewarding an unusual exhibition format carried out each year by their organization. This novel exhibition format is hosted inside a NYC subway terminal; the format may serve as inspiration to those seeking new programming ideas, while the fundraising challenges addressed in the presentation can be applied to most any public program.
This presentation by Mark Levin, BAI Leadership, offers a number of practical insights on the challenges of developing and sustaining an effective membership program for AAO member organizations. A veteran presenter, Levin also has the unique perspective of running a member-based association, so he literally practices what he preaches. This is a great primer for newcomers to our field and veterans alike, packed with information on membership trends and communications strategies to help you get the most out of your own membership cultivation efforts.
This compendium of 10 presentations by AAO members was delivered during the 2014 Design Matters Conference in Washington, DC (November 12-15). The group came together to share speculative ideas each had for the development of future design exhibitions and public programs; all sought the chance to gain feedback from the group, identify potential program collaborators, and generally see what new thinking was catching on with their peers. It's a great sampling of the ideas and talents at work across the AAO Network.