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Getting to Be Better

  • 1.  Getting to Be Better

    Posted 12-09-2019 18:47
    I wrote an article that I think is salient in these times and provides some food for thought:

    The Earl Weaver Story;

    For those who are baseball aficionados, Earl Weaver is probably well known to you. For those who are not, let me share with you who he was and a lesson we can learn from him. Earl was a manager of the Baltimore Orioles in the 60's, 70's and 80's. Over his 17 year managerial career, he became known for his antics in confronting umpires. He seemed to feel that the officials wanted him to comment upon all of their calls on the field and he felt obligated to leave the dugout to offer the criticism they sought. Most of his on field interactions ended with dirt kicking, throwing a base or the rule book as he felt appropriate for the situation. However, in every one of his tirades, he left the field with one closing remark to the umpire. "Can we expect better or is this as good as it gets"?

    From his example, we can also learn something that teaches us a valuable lesson. Can we do better or is this as good as it gets for us? Every day and with every opportunity, we should consider how we can do better. This is what we aspire to as AIA Fellows. We are the examples of how we can do better and inspire greater good. We recognize and celebrate the good work we have accomplished and promote the service we can provide for the future of our profession, the Institute and our communities.  With this in mind, we serve the profession through:

    1. Leadership
    2. Mentorship
    3. Advocacy
    4. Camaraderie

    Let's aspire to be the best we can be for our peers, our mentees, our profession and our community. Every day we need to do something valuable and meaningful.

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    Judson Kline, FAIA
    President
    CIVITAD Services, LLC
    Cleveland, Ohio
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  • 2.  RE: Getting to Be Better

    Posted 12-10-2019 18:02
    Fellows

    Here is a way to connect fellowship to the 2030 goals:

  • Leadership - teach, support, and practice sustainability.
  • Mentorship - helps anyone, no matter how young, to see the big picture of life and sustainability.
  • Advocacy - write, testify, and support other people and organizations who are part of the sustainability movement.
  • Camaraderie - share your successes, both in and out of the AIA

My mentor often said, "The 21st century is when we find out if the human race is a failed experiment."  And, "We don't have a political problem - that's an oxymoron: we have a design problem - we have designed a world where most people fail."

Do what you can to lead this effort.

Nick

Nick Peckham, FAIA
Peckham Architecture, LLC
2009 North Country Club Drive
Columbia, MO 65201

573-777-4444 (o)
573-489-0901 (m)
nick@peckhamarchitecture.com








  • 3.  RE: Getting to Be Better

    Posted 12-11-2019 17:24
    Good post, Nick
    (Long time, no see!)
    The 21st Century IS the biggest test ever for humanity.
    Climate change is unprecedented, global, and coming quickly.
    No time to waste.
    Doug

    Doug Kelbaugh FAIA FCNU 2016 Topaz Medallion
    Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning
    and Dean Emeritus
    Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning
    University of Michigan
    2000 Bonisteel Blvd., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2069
    Mobile: 734 358-9587 Home: 734 827-2259
    kelbaugh@umich.edu



  • Leadership - teach, support, and practice sustainability.
  • Mentorship - helps anyone, no matter how young, to see the big picture of life and sustainability.
  • Advocacy - write, testify, and support other people and organizations who are part of the sustainability movement.
  • Camaraderie - share your successes, both in and out of the AIA

  • My mentor often said, "The 21st century is when we find out if the human race is a failed experiment."  And, "We don't have a political problem - that's an oxymoron: we have a design problem - we have designed a world where most people fail."

    Do what you can to lead this effort.

    Nick

    Nick Peckham, FAIA
    Peckham Architecture, LLC
    2009 North Country Club Drive
    Columbia, MO 65201

    573-777-4444 (o)
    573-489-0901 (m)
    nick@peckhamarchitecture.com