The Colosseum was built for a crowd, but not for crowdsourcing. Building and public space designers face a gauntlet of challenges to meet the lightning-quick development of new technologies. Relationships and engagement are no longer restricted by physical boundaries, but how do we continue to collaborate and communicate?
Craig Janssen has been working with the owners and designers of the venues where we gather for the past 25 years. A sought-after facility strategist, Craig’s expertise is at the intersection of architecture and technology when it comes to group experiences. He has led over 1,000 projects in 12 countries as the Managing Director for Idibri – a team of technology designers, theatre consultants and acousticians. Craig is the 2016 president of InfoComm – the international Audio Visual association – and holds two patents, one in audio engineering and another in facility planning.
Janssen has had a front-row seat to the way culture change has outpaced the design of the venues where people gather to connect with each other. This experience has honed deep insight into the changing expectations of users and how we can navigate an accelerating culture shift.
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Thx Craig, great speech12/06/2016
Interesting perspective, and most thought provoking....the whole sphere of communication from technical and technological perspectives. Thanks Craig. Look forward to next episodes.15/04/2016
Hey Craig, good talk. We agree about technology and partly about human nature. But partly not. So far, my experience says that "face", even in USA, is very very strong as a force in decision-making and in the relationships between people. In some cultures, it is almost totally dominant. So are the related factors of peer-recognition and peer-pressure. Somehow, to actually change the world for the better, there will have to be listening, thinking, changing our minds and agreeing together about how to make things work together for good. My recent attempts to generate dialogue and debate with some of my friends and family in the US about political developments in our two countries of US and UK has been discouraging. Superficial "sound-bite" style communications are believed without any foundation, it if fits your world view. Your experience in South Africa may increase your understanding of the means to move change forward and how modern technologies might speed that up. It would be great to work with you on anything, but particularly on those issues. Sam Wise14/04/2016