ANLA, Management Clinic 2007, starts Tuesday

wci-chop-2.jpgThe Mike Lin 2 day workshop starts on Tuesday and ends on the afternoon on Wednesday-making it . . . . two days. Man my brilliance at explaining the obvious just scares me sometimes, it really does. Of course there is early-bird registration, and a welcoming reception Wednesday night.

A comment on the early-bird registration, almost everyone registers the day before and I mean almost everyone. This crowd is fired up and ready to go on the opening morning of the conference.

Back to Lin’s workshop, this is what I wrote in an earlier post on his workshop:

One other thing about the Mgmt. Clinic for 2007, Mike Lin is coming back and doing another of his (sure to be terrific) 2-day graphic workshops immediately preceding the festivities. Mike is the man when it comes to teaching graphics in the field of Landscape Design. I mean he is the man. If you want to pick up your game in rendering technique, coloring skills, or drawing speed these 2 days would be worth your time with philosopher Mike. (Do you think this plug will get me in the session???).

I guess the big plug didn’t get me a freebie into the workshop. I wouldn’t have minded a refresher. To top it all of if you Google the ANLA Mgmt. Clinic look who come in number 5, and the 4 above me are ANLA sites. I mean c’mon that’s big stuff . . . help a guy out!

Concerning my talk, I still do not have it nailed down. I would really like it to be about 90% interactive and only 10% on me. I have a few comments on this outdoor room phenomena and would like to go over it, see if the crowd shoots/shouts me down. Hopefully the latter. Heck, I’m going to take a chance and we’ll see what happens.

I’m very tired of watching bad lectures, I don’t want to be lectured I want to be challenged. For me . . . that is my goal Tuesday. To challenge my audience. I want them to actually work to identify whether or not there is any real truth to there being actual new trends in the Green Industry.

Specifically relating to the Landscape side; Design, Build, Maintain.

Is it new? Is it re-hash? Maybe none of this stuff is new at all. Maybe this is all made up by the boys and girls of madison Avenue. Oh sure the materials, and fabrics, and technologies are new . . . so what? What about the concept of design? The human desires? The family needs? The definition of space(s).

The more I study this, the less sure I become.

I am really hoping for some good dialogue, and if I have a large crowd this will be tough, very tough. I am hoping I can persuade the crowd to challenge me to continue on this dialogue the rest of the Clinic and beyond the end of the Clinic. There are many workshop ideas here and we can only hope there is follow through on those ideas.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

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