Confessions of a #BIMChimp#1 – Why I am a #feminist and a subversive diversivist inclusivist and digital generationalist……:o)

Well that’s a mouthful.

Time to get up close and personal.

Whatever you think has been achieved in digital transformation over the last 5 years….(and that depends where you sit, glass half full and all that), then all that was an appetiser, the starter, the precursor.

My personal journey over the last 7 years has moved from disinterested observer to enthusiast to whatever hat I’m wearing today.

It seems to me that this is about much more than just BIM. This is is about transformation, change, improvement of our industry on a whole number of different levels. BIM and associated ideas might be a catalyst but we can drive this bus where we want to now, and include a number of things we’ve been trying to fix for decades. Those of us that know the reports, Latham, Egan and those before and after – we’ve been talking about this for donkeys ages, but now we have a chance to make this stick.

But now for the biggest transformation of our industry since the industrial revolution, this will happen within a generation, and probably a lot less than that. As the forces of economics and darwinian survival conspire to create a perfect storm where individuals and organisations have to change just to keep or face no career or go out of business. Those days are not very far away now at all, and in some jobs has already started.

Changing our industry to be….more professional, respected, sustainable, diverse, inclusive, collaborative, skilled, educated, aspired to, appreciated….and much more.

I include below the BIM Regions statement on diversity and inclusion. Just so you know where we stand and why this is important. I’m a digital generationalist too because I believe the Gen Ys, the Gen Zs, the Millenials and all who come after them, live and breathe this stuff in a way that I never will, but I don’t mind because I know they’ll see this through and take our industry to places I haven’t dreamt of yet. I know they’ll do it because they will not accept anything less. And I’m going to do all I can to help them do their stuff.

Our industry can be whatever it wants to be when it grows up. It’s time. It’s coming, what do you want to be? Want our industry to be? Time to get up and DO something!

Cheers! :o)


Diverse Digital Built Britain

Inclusion and Diversity statement – BIM Regions

Our vision for the Regions is way beyond BIM. It is for a world-class industry, digitally enabled, with UK PLC taking a leading position in the global information economy.

What will / could this be like?

  • Respected, valued, something to aspire to, great careers and opportunities, inclusive and diverse, sustainable in every sense of the word.
  • A diverse digital industry provides opportunities for all, and enables people to have flexible work and lifestyle patterns, that enable them to fulfill their potential, and complete their life and family commitments too. Remote working, and virtual environments, complete with mobile access to BIM data makes all this possible and more. What needs to change is our approach to working practices and culture.

Are we really ready to collaborate?

Working towards a common goal and objectives, but with none of the traditional barriers that are holding us back. So that we can contribute with all our ingenuity and skill, as true human beings, using all of our humanity to make life and work better for all.

Equality and diversity, true respect and appreciation are part of this mix. The Regions need to take a thought leadership position on what the industry should be like. That includes collaboration, communication, innovation and integration, but it also must include sustainability, safety, respect and….diversity/inclusion.

Constructing Equality are our diversity partner, branded with our other partners, with access to our network, opportunities to speak at our meetings across the whole UK, and articles/press releases to follow.

BIM Regions diversity

Our vision 

  • Our approach to equality is more than just adhering to legislation or a ‘nice to have’. Instead it is a vital part of ensuring that our industry is innovative, effective and inspirational
  • We believe that the closer we move towards an inclusive and diverse workforce the nearer we are to a collective and inclusive culture; and it is these cultures that will allow us to achieve our ambitions for the sector
  • We see equality as a tool for improvement, not a problem to overcome which is why we are taking a bold stance by using positive action to ensure diverse representation at all levels of our network
  • We believe that we have a responsibility within our work to design for everyone, not just a dominant group and that means we need to appeal to everyone
  • We know that we can’t assume work done in the name of equality will be “good”, which is why we are measuring our work on a number of levels to ensure positive impact
  • Quality of work is paramount but if the people coming through do not offer a representation that reflects society we need to assess why that is and open up avenues for the best talent to be able to make their way, no matter who they are or where they are from
  • In making this stand, we know we won’t get it right first time, and we think that is ok as long as we are willing to learn – which we are
  • Our industry diversity partners Constructing Equality Limited are helping us out where they can but we would welcome you to help us too
  • Just get in touch to find out more about the Regions and how you can help us shape a more diverse, inclusive and rewarding industry. 

SARAH ROCK   Inclusion/Diversity Champ    @sarahrocklaw

PAM BHANDAL             Media/Press Champ       @pambhandal







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