And a quote from the Talking Heads…
“This isn’t my beautiful house, this isn’t my beautiful wife, my god what have i done?
so…………….. what have we done?”
For the last five years we’ve banged on about BIM, collaboration, a changed industry, and yada yada yada.
A lot of good people whose hearts are in the right place have put in a great long shift, and we’re not done yet, by a very long stretch.
We have Hubs, BIM4s , the communities and other groups, all doing great work.
But…….. then haven’t we created a mirror image of the very industry we’re trying to change for the better?
As various groups and organisations promoting the BIM agenda, we are fragmented, we don’t collaborate enough, and we don’t speak with one voice. We have created BIM silos and tribes. Wait! Hold on….wasn’t that what we’re supposed to change?
Time to change this I think! Right now!!
A call to unity often leads to further schism; political parties, churches and other merged organisations bear the scars, but this has to be said, and we now need to step up as the movement for change in the UK AECO industry.
We may haggle on the details, and some will always want to dance on the head of a pin,(because they can!) but deep down, surely we all agree on one main overriding aim, transforming our recalcitrant laggard industry for the better. And this isn’t just about BIM. Social responsibility, sustainability , diversity, respect, aspiration, skills, education spring to mind, just to name a few.
None of the above
As members of the UK BIM movement we have tremendous influence and power. Our total network extends to the leaders of the industry and across all disciplines and sectors. Sadly we are not capitalising on this. The levers are there to be used. We just need to learn to work together – you know! It’s just like this stuff we’re talking about all the time! :o)
We don’t need another group, another institute or whatever you might think. We just need to learn to work together where we are. To unite in making the change we need to see.
Collaborate and converge with determination to work together, to see it through, for the better and greater good of the industry – isn’t it really that simple?
Find a way
Seth Godin talks about giving yourself permission. Pick yourself.
To make a difference. Do something. Make a start. Reach out.
Seth also talks about making a ruckus.
Time for love…
Barry White plays in the background….
Time for some #BIMlove …
The Regional Hubs offer a truly national network, a platform for change and connection, perhaps underused and under supported, certainly under-resourced. But we have persevered and rumours of our demise are somewhat premature. In fact they couldn’t be further from the truth! As you will all see very soon. However even the Hubs are duplicated by every institute and major organisation we have with their own regional membership structures. Which is fine. As expected. But why we can’t we just work together and support each other? What are we really afraid of?
So one of my messages is give the Hubs some love. Love your local Hub.
But more importantly…
Connect + Collaborate + Converge
Whatever our banner, tribe or group, we need to reach out, and find ways to work together – I think this is now a mission imperative – we have to.
Don’t wait! Be first. Make the move. Take the initiative. Right where you are. Accentuate the positive. Reach out.
I honestly believe we can do this. A revolutionary change is within our grasp, but to achieve #criticalmass4UKBIM , the tipping point, we need to reach and influence at least 600,000 people in our industry. Clearly no one grouping will do that alone. We need each other. Just think about it.
As for the Hubs we’re going to be making a ruckus soon. But more about that another time. You’ll hear the noise anyway…..