Designing Spaces for Positive Impact

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This program is part 3 of our OD & Sustainability series.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, ODNNY, in partnership with Milano The New School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy, will host a unique program focusing on the design of space as an element of sustainability and on the impact of that space on organizational behavior and culture.

This is the third installment of our ongoing series exploring the role of Organization Development in Sustainability, and adds to the OD practitioner’s toolkit in a way that is often overlooked.

Topics to be explored include how to design space to:

  • support sustainable well-being
  • support environmental intiatives
  • support sustainable technology infrastructure

Panelists include:

  • Pete Bacevice, Senior Strategy Consultant with the Strategy Plus Practice at AECOM in New York (formerly known as DEGW).  Email address:  bacevice@umich.edu
  • Ryan Whisnant, Founder of Coalescent Services and former Director, Sustainability and Corporate Citizenship at SunGard in New York.  Email address:  ryan.whisnant@coalescentservices.com
  • Rick Perkins, with the Ideation Group at Haworth where he directs a variety of R&D projects around the future of the workplace and sustainable workplace design.  Email address:  rick.perkins@haworth.com
  • Scott Francisco, the Founder and Director of Pilot Projects, an infrastructure, culture and innovation design laboratory working to strengthen the connection between built infrastructures and cultural systems.  Email adddress:  Scott@Pilot-Projects.org

Program Location: Milano The New School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy.  65 W. 11th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Aves. Fifth floor, enter on 11th Street.

Panelist Bios:

Pete Bacevice is a practitioner-scholar – trained in the social sciences – who works with organizations to develop strategies that enable people to thrive.  As technology and new tools rapidly reshape the way that people learn and work, he is driven to help organizations and institutions create environments that support people and their pursuits as creators of knowledge and ideas.  Pete works as a Senior Consultant in the New York office of the Strategy Plus practice at AECOM (formerly known as DEGW) - which is an interdisciplinary mix of designers, architects, and researchers who work with corporate, academic, government, and other public sector clients.

In addition to consulting projects, Pete is a part-time lecturer at Parsons, the New School for Design in New York and collaborates on workplace research projects with the Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship at the University of Michigan.  His recent writings and ideas on the concept of "Slow Work" have been featured in a variety of publications including TIME.com, Workforce.com, and CFO.com.

Pete is an interdisciplinary boundary spanner, which is reflected in his educational background.  He earned a PhD in Education from the University of Michigan, where he focused on organizational innovation and the enterprising nature of universities and academic scientists.  He also holds a BA in American Studies and History, as well as an MBA, both from Case Western Reserve University.

Ryan Whisnant specializes in sustainability and organization development, working with corporate and private equity clients to define and implement effective Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategy. He founded Coalescent Services, a strategic advisory and communications consultancy delivering practical solutions for building long-term value through sustainability. Prior to Coalescent Services, Ryan served as Director of Sustainability for SunGard, a $4.5 billion global Fortune 500 company with over 17,000 employees in 30 countries, where he worked closely with executives and leaders across the company to implement a number of efficiency, waste reduction, and employee engagement programs saving millions of dollars annually. Ryan has consulted with businesses and non-profits across a variety of sectors including software & technology, energy & utilities, food & agriculture, and environmental education.

Ryan holds a BS in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, an MS in Natural Resources & Environment, and an MBA from the University of Michigan, where he focused on sustainable systems and organization development. In addition to regular speaking engagements, Ryan has contributed to industry publications including GreenBiz, Triple Pundit, CIO.com, and Bloomberg Markets, and he has published scholarly articles covering organizational culture & sustainability and environmental information systems. He is accredited as a LEED Green Associate by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Rick Perkins is an entrepreneur and Senior Emerging Market Strategist with the Ideation Group at Haworth Inc., of Holland, Mich., where he directs a variety of R&D projects around the future of the workplace and sustainable workplace design. In his work with the Ideation Group, he has been a key member of teams that have developed product platforms leading the business to a new corporate strategy of Adaptable Workspace Solutions. Perkins’ team also developed a process to lead clients via virtual design exercise leveraging the latest technology tools. Previously, at ProLight, he and a partner developed a patented light that became 30% of the company’s sales.

Perkins has an MBA in Management and Finance from Western Michigan University.

Scott Francisco is the Founder and Director of Pilot Projects, an infrastructure, culture and innovation design laboratory.  His design approach and research aim to strengthen the connection between built infrastructures and cultural systems. This approach comes from a lifelong interest in how people use the built environment to communicate with each other and between generations. Years of experience in wilderness camping, corporate workplace strategy, and design-build architecture have also contributed to his participatory problem-solving approach, as has his fascination with lightsabers.

His past clients include Princeton University, Fordham University,  Smithsonian Institute, Open Society Institute, CBC, GSK, GSA, ABC News, Time Warner, Sesame Street, Disney and Google. He holds a Master of Science in Architecture from MIT and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto and currently teaches at Parsons The New School for Design. 

February 5th, 2013 5:30 PM   through   8:00 PM
The New School
65 West 11th Street
Wollman Hall, between 5th & 6th Avenues
5th Floor of the Eugene Building, enter on 11th St.
New York, NY
Registration Fee
Member $ 0.00
Non-Member (Pre-registered) $ 25.00
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