Making a broken industry whole and healthy
In March 2007, a group of 15 respected industry leaders – some of them natural adversaries in a highly competitive field – convened to discuss the state of commercial real estate development. The group included representatives from the fields of architecture, brokerage, construction, furnishings, tax, engineering, and sub-trades. There was universal consensus among the members that the current system is fundamentally broken, and, instead of continuing with the dysfunctional model of distrust and fragmentation, the industry needs to make a “mindshift” toward a system founded on trust-based, collaborative operations.
A number of case studies were researched to examine the necessary elements for this new paradigm – like transparency, co-location, collaborative design and lean construction – and to see what these ideals might yield in the built environment. From those success stories, the principles of mindshift were born and continue to be nurtured. This mission, simply, focuses on two action items:
• To deliver high quality, sustainable buildings that are made to adapt to future change quickly, with minimum effort and expense and well-suited to the human beings who occupy them
• To create a tipping point for change in the minds and convictions of leaders within the building community, business leaders and policy makers
||To advance the cause, some of mindshift's partners collaborated on The Commercial Real Estate Revolution: Nine Transforming Keys to Lowering Costs, Cutting Waste and Driving Change in a Broken Industry. The book was published in July 2009 and authored by Rex Miller, Dean Strombom, Mark Iammarino and Bill Black.
Video: The Consortium
“The true benefits of mindshift are in the collaboration – which is truly bringing the best ideas to the table and innovating beyond the way it’s always been done before to create a smarter solution – a better solution – that delivers a higher level of sustainability, a lower cost, and a more optimized solution for the client.” -- Len Pilon, Haworth
The members of the mindshift roundtable:
For more information on mindshift, contact Lydia Knowles (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bill Black (email@example.com).