Spotlight

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As Gloria Steinem said, "Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning." We plan to use this space to scheme and dream, to give voice to our thoughts, and to share new ideas. We welcome your voice, too. Please let us know what you think. (A comments section will be added soon.)
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Clyde V. L. Pearson, FCSI

This is a reprise of an article originally posted on February 1, 2011, and updated in February 2014. My father, Clyde V. L. Pearson, would have been 100 years old in 2012. He was born on February 1, 1912, and unfortunately, he passed away in 1977, at the age of 65. His mother Maude was part of a large family headed by her father Walter John (W.J.) Lindsay. Her mother Adelaide had five children but
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Full Circle on Catalina

Yesterday, I noticed a new feature on the Gensler website — Cabin Class. Then a name caught my eye: Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting. And then the location: Southern California. I clicked through to the next page of the Gensler article, and sure enough, the project — EcoCabin —is "the initial step of a comprehensive master plan for Camp Emerald Bay, an 85-year-old campground on Catalina Island, 22 miles southwest of Los Angeles." EcoCabin
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Weld and Me

September 7, 2011 On March 20, 2011, I published my own tribute to Weld Coxe, shortly after I learned of his death. A few months later, I was honored to curate a special tribute to Weld Coxe for the August issue of Marketer — the journal of the Society for Marketing Professional Services. But I thought that I should tell one more story about how Weld changed my life. I first met Weld when I
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A Tribute to Weld Coxe

September 7, 2011 On March 20, 2011, I published my own tribute to Weld Coxe, shortly after I learned of his death. A few months later, I was honored when Randy Pollock, the Managing Editor of Marketer — the journal of the Society for Marketing Professional Services — asked me to curate a very special tribute to Weld Coxe for the August issue. It was truly a labor of love from so many people who
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The Learning Lab

My consulting partner and friend, Nancy Egan, has written a wonderful article on our experience teaching at Harvard this year. Over the last several weeks, I've been letting my thoughts percolate as I dealt with more technology glitches than I would wish on my worst enemy. But that's another story…. Like Nancy, Harvard wasn't on my radar when I was growing up in San Francisco. I think one or two of my high-school classmates went
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Bookshelf Review: The Art of Managing Professional Services by Maureen Broderick

From the February 2011 issue of Marketer — the journal of the Society for Marketing Professional Services The Art of Managing Professional Services: Insights from Leaders of the World’s Top Firms by Maureen Broderick REVIEWED BY MARJANNE PEARSON Maureen Broderick’s new book provides a comprehensive look at the world of professional services firms (PSFs) from the point of view of its own top leadership.The author and her consulting team interviewed 130 individual leaders in 86
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International Women’s Day – A Tribute to Margo Grant Walsh and Olive Chadeayne, AIA

When I first started working in the office of the Joint Venture Architects for the Bank of America Headquarters Building in San Francisco, I found myself in the midst of 50 architects and interior designers, located in an office on the 20th Floor of the still-under-construction high-rise. The Joint Venture was between Wurster Bernardi + Emmons and Skidmore Owings & Merrill, and the employees came from the two firms. (I was employed by WB+E.) I
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