Off to the ANLA Mgmt. Clinic

wci-chop-2.jpgEarly tomorrow today I head off the Louisville for 3 good days, of learning, networking, and sharing. This is one of the best parts of the job.

The chance to hang out with like minded colleagues, and find out what the challenges are in other parts of the country. The chance to sit in on some great lectures and hear what the experts are saying. To prime the pump.

I’ve been at this a very long time and a lot of folks remark that there’s not much more that I could learn-this is where I say something along the lines of “if I ain’t learning then I’m done”.

There is so much more to know, to experience, to learn. One of the great things that baffles me is how some designers never go to educational stuff, never take a workshop, never read a good design book, and never travel. These are the things Designers must do to be at the best in their field. I put special emphasis here on travel.

Look at the great landscape designers in history, there are a lot of similar threads running between designers, but the most obvious is all Great Designers travel, they see the World. If you’re a beginner this is the best advice I can give . . . Travel.

Join associations that relate and some that don’t, get involved-go to meetings and learning opportunities. Expand yourself personally and professionally . . . you can thank me later.

I’ll do my best to post updates-this is a happening deal, so we’ll see where it fits in the schedule.

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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