Category: climate change

Social media lessons from the World Water Day ‘hybrid event’

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Today is Blog Action Day: “an annual event … that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day with the aim of sparking a global discussion and driving collective action”. Last year I blogged about climate change; this year’s topic is water – something I was discussing only yesterday …

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Corporate social responsibility, facilities management, Web 2.0 … and bikes

When working as an in-house PR professional, I regularly used to commute to work in central London on my bike. Now I work for myself, this pleasure is denied me, but I often have to travel into town to visit clients’ offices for meetings or meet up with contacts at convenient locations like the Building …

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Role for social media in promoting sustainability

Last Tuesday, I attended last Tuesday’s launch of CIMCIG’s report “The Commercial Value of Sustainability” (download, PDF) at the Building Centre in London. The first in a series of specially commissioned industry reports for construction marketers, this CIMCIG report looks at the opportunities sustainability represents for construction, and the opportunities low impact buildings represent, and …

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Open letter to the new Chief Construction Adviser

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First mooted in July 2008, the appointment of the UK government’s first Chief Construction Advisor was finally announced this week. Former Davis Langdon quantity surveyor Paul Morrell has taken up the three-days-a-week job at a critical time for the construction industry, and his new role has been extensively covered in the main construction weeklies. I …

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Schneider Electric builds climate change community

I have just been looking at the website of Schneider Electric, a Danish French manufacturer of electrical equipment, including building management systems and whole host of other products. It wasn’t the main corporate website, but a community website, ActiveBE.com. I have looked at a couple of businesses in the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry …

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Trends lend support to need for AEC Web 2.0 adoption

An excellent article in American journal Architectural Record, Future of the A/E/C Industry: 10 Trends, reports the remarks of US architect Raymond Kogan to a recent convention in San Francisco. Kogan outlines ten trends that he thinks will affect the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry, and while only the first one is headed ‘demographics’ …

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Talking PR, Web 2.0 and construction in Liverpool

I will be talking about PR, marketing, web 2.0 and how these can be combined to help construction industry organisations better weather the recession at Be2camp North at FACT in Liverpool on 15 May 2009. No surprise in me doing this, of course – I was one of the co-founders of Be2camp last year – …

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Making better use of office space

Last week, in Ten things to manage in a recession: 5 – cut power, I very briefly talked (point 5) about the energy-saving potential of enabling people to work from home. It needs to be emphasised that this should not be about cost-cutting, but about achieving a more efficient combination of ICT, buildings and human resources. …

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Ten things to manage in a recession: 5 – cut power

This is the fifth in a series expanding on my friend Ross Sturleys’ Ten Things to Cut in a Recession Before You Cut Your Marketing (presented at last month’s CIMCIG conference and in recent Construction News marketing e-newsletters). Number five: “Cut power” Ross makes the fairly simple plea: turn stuff off. Faced with escalating electricity …

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Ada Lovelace Day: a salute to Pam Broviak

“Ada Lovelace Day, 24 March, is an international day of blogging to draw attention to women excelling in technology. Women’s contributions often go unacknowledged, their innovations seldom mentioned, their faces rarely recognised. We want you to tell the world about these unsung heroines. Whatever she does, whether she is a sysadmin or a tech entrepreneur, …

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