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The Private Side of Public Work | Exploring How to Make Cities Happier, Government More Productive, and Companies More Profitab

Ingrid Heilke: Urban planner and federal government decision scientist turned financial and business strategist ninja for the city planning and design sector

Urban planning, government, public policy, art, architecture, design. These are all things that exist in the public realm. They impact the way our cities look, the way we live our lives. We are used to hearing about the public side of public work. We hear about "best practices" that showcase the most successful programs or policies. We see finished products, polished and shined. We're not doing that here. On this show we pull back the curtain and delve into the Private Side of Public Work. We ask the questions that people may be afraid to answer, but that need to be brought into the open to make our cities, our companies, buildings, our governments, and ultimately our lives, run better.

Episodes

13- Environmental Planning 1974-Today with Brian Mooney of Rick Engineering
46:50
2017-09-27 10:22:25 UTC 46:50
13- Environmental Planning 1974-Today with Brian Mooney of Rick Engineering

The impact of the big environmental acts passed in the 1970's is enormous…and almost invisible to the average person because we tend to take things like clean air and clean water and forests and beaches for granted. But if it weren’t for those four pieces of legislation passed in the early seventies, we would be living in a very different world. Brian Mooney Rick Engineering provides a fascinating retrospective on environmental planning in California.

Go to profitside.work to find the Profit Side Challenge or to work with Ingrid.

11- The Neighborhood Playbook with Joe Nickol and Kevin Wright
50:53
2017-09-27 10:22:25 UTC 50:53
11- The Neighborhood Playbook with Joe Nickol and Kevin Wright

What if there was a book that you could hand to a developer that would help them understand how to activate community spaces before dropping millions or billions of dollars into a project? And what if there were a book that you could hand to community leaders that could help them infuse vibrancy into their neighborhoods to attract resources and capital investment? And, what if those two books were one in the same? Kevin Wright and Joe Nickol have created The Neighborhood Playbook to speak to both developers and community leaders, and bring them together to work on a singular goal.

10 - Closet Entrepreneurialism + Planning Career = Blood Sweat and Delicious Tea: Tamika Gauvin of Looen Teas
40:10
2017-09-27 10:22:25 UTC 40:10
10 - Closet Entrepreneurialism + Planning Career = Blood Sweat and Delicious Tea: Tamika Gauvin of Looen Teas

What does a bitter refreshing drink from Barbados have in common with the field of urban planning? The answer is Tamika Gauvin and a vision for social justice.  She is part planner and part founder for Looen Teas. But trust me when I say that those parts add up to more than the whole.

10 - Closet Entrepreneurialism + Planning Career = Blood Sweat and Delicious Tea: Tamika Gauvin of Looen Teas
2017-09-27 10:22:25 UTC
10 - Closet Entrepreneurialism + Planning Career = Blood Sweat and Delicious Tea: Tamika Gauvin of Looen Teas

What does a bitter refreshing drink from Barbados have in common with the field of urban planning? The answer is Tamika Gauvin and a vision for social justice.  She is part planner and part founder for Looen Teas. But trust me when I say that those parts add up to more than the whole.

9 - Fueling the Wild Horse of Design - Conor MacDonald of DESIGNxRI
28:42
2017-09-27 10:22:25 UTC 28:42
9 - Fueling the Wild Horse of Design - Conor MacDonald of DESIGNxRI

Rhode Island is a hot bed of creativity. DESIGNxRI fuels that creativity through and drives economic development in the process of Rhode Island. This requires persistent collaboration and partnerships between the public and private sector.

 Today’s Profit Side Challenge: Communicating Value

8 - Food + Entrepreneurialism + Good Design = Great Public Space with Nicolia Robinson from Cooper Carry
49:47
2017-09-27 10:22:25 UTC 49:47
8 - Food + Entrepreneurialism + Good Design = Great Public Space with Nicolia Robinson from Cooper Carry

What do you think of when you hear the words “food hall?” Does it bring up memories of college dorm food? Or do you imagine an inspiring array of local cuisine, edgy entrepreneurship, and innovative urban planning? Today we are going to talk about the latter (though you are free to reminisce about college days after the show). And I dig into the private and personal side of food hall design and development with my guest Nicolia Robinson from Cooper Carry. 

7 – Designing Radical Hospitality: Changing the Experience of Homelessness with Pop-Up Care Villages – Guneet Anand and Eri Susuki from Site Lab Urban Studio
32:48
2017-09-27 10:22:25 UTC 32:48
7 – Designing Radical Hospitality: Changing the Experience of Homelessness with Pop-Up Care Villages – Guneet Anand and Eri Susuki from Site Lab Urban Studio

Homelessness is one of those problems that can feel hopelessly intractable at times.  Those of us that live in cities see it on a daily basis, but feel at a loss for what to do beyond spare change.

Site Lab Urban Studio Guneet Anand and Eri Suzuki of Site Lab Studio were inspired to offer good design, rather than just spare change, when they crossed paths with Lavae Mae.

Lavae Mae is a nonprofit organization promoting dignity and opportunity among the homeless community. SITELAB collaborated with Lava Mae to design spaces that contain what they call "radical hospitality." They call these spaces Pop Up Care Villages.

Today, we will dig into the personal connections and new perspectives that Guneet and Eri developed over the course of the project, and how these have shifted their approach to design across other Site Lab projects.

6 - CoUrbanize and Make Friends with Real Estate Developers for Better City Planning - Karin Brandt
45:20
2017-09-27 10:22:25 UTC 45:20
6 - CoUrbanize and Make Friends with Real Estate Developers for Better City Planning - Karin Brandt

Continuing the conversation on online citizen engagement, but this time with a twist.

Karin Brandt of CoUrbanize has a soft spot in her heart for the folks that everyone loves to hate at public meetings – real estate developers. She has developed a platform for bringing broad audiences of community members together with developers to envision successful projects.

In today's Profit Side Challenge I talk about how to make competition irrelevant by developing a blue ocean strategy.

 

5 - Bang the Table to Motivate Citizen Engagement - Matt Crozier
37:17
2017-09-27 10:22:25 UTC 37:17
5 - Bang the Table to Motivate Citizen Engagement - Matt Crozier

What does citizen engagement look like in your city or town? Is it people yelling at each other in a 6 pm meeting when most of the sane people are at home having dinner? Why does it seem like only the angriest people show up? My guest today has a solution that makes public participation more palatable, more accessible, and more enjoyable for the average person. That means valuable information from a wider swath of the population. And for those of you thinking that means more angry responses, you may be surprised to hear what happens when you take engagement online.

4 – Part 3 - Why You Must Make a Profit to Make an Impact and Why Profit is Not a Dirty Word: 7 Ways to Jumpstart Profitability and Impact
32:05
2017-09-27 10:22:25 UTC 32:05
4 – Part 3 - Why You Must Make a Profit to Make an Impact and Why Profit is Not a Dirty Word: 7 Ways to Jumpstart Profitability and Impact

This episode is all focused on forward motion – 7 ways to jumpstart profitability and impact.

1. Grasp the relationship between profit and impact 2. Identify your money demons and get rid of your head junk 3. Don’t mix business and pleasure 4. Set up a solid accounting system and don’t let the pretty software fool you 5. Get help when you need it 6. Read and implement Profit First 7. Set up an impact account

And the Takeaway: Those who do good and those who make money should be one and the same. Money isn’t evil, it’s just something that we use to keep track of how much we work and how much we consume. We all need it because we all need food and security. 

Not making money is not an option for most people. How we make money, however, can be a choice. Do you just bring home a paycheck, or do you labor to make a positive difference in the world? 

Whether we make enough money to sustain our impact can also be a choice. This one is trickier. This one can involve some self-imposed voodoo mind control and rewriting the myths that hold you back.

3 – Part 2 - Why You Must Make a Profit to Make an Impact and Why Profit is Not a Dirty Word: More Money Myths
23:41
2017-09-27 10:22:25 UTC 23:41
3 – Part 2 - Why You Must Make a Profit to Make an Impact and Why Profit is Not a Dirty Word: More Money Myths

I continue digging into the money myths that undermine our profitability and impact. I also define the concepts of true impact and true profit and explore the difference between daydreaming and doing. 

2 - Part 1 - Why You Must Make a Profit To Make and Impact and Why Profit Is Not a Dirty Word
21:10
2017-09-27 10:22:25 UTC 21:10
2 - Part 1 - Why You Must Make a Profit To Make and Impact and Why Profit Is Not a Dirty Word

I was raised on the idea that the world is divided into two camps: those who do good, and those who make money.  This idea causes great harm.

Why do we, as a society, ask people that dedicate their lives to doing some of the most noble work, to do it at a severe discount? How can you be expected to make an impact in the world when you are struggling to support yourself and your family?

1- Love Where You Live - Peter Kageyama
39:58
2017-09-27 10:22:25 UTC 39:58
1- Love Where You Live - Peter Kageyama

There is an important role for unsanctioned city-building.  Pillow fights, illegal signs, anti-establishment restaurants -- Peter Kageyama argues that the silly, nonsensical, and weird are what make cities not only livable, but lovable. He even advocates for a little rule-breaking to get the job done.

Peter is the author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow up, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places. He is an internationally sought-after speaker and consultant with expertise in community development and grassroots engagement strategy.

14 - Science is More Than Labcoats: Clearing Plant Bottlenecks to Feed the World with Katherine Meacham
38:10
2017-10-12 12:55:30 UTC 38:10
14 - Science is More Than Labcoats: Clearing Plant Bottlenecks to Feed the World with Katherine Meacham

You may be aware of bottlenecks in your work environment, but did you know that even plants have bottlenecks? What if there was a productivity coach for plants? Someone who could give them all of the secrets to being faster, greener and more productive? Someone who could whisper secrets into plant DNA so that they could transform sunlight into a bigger, better plant self…to be eaten by humans of course. Katherine Meacham is the real deal, boots-in-the-mud scientist, heck-bent on changing the world. She seeks to resolve bottlenecks in photosynthesis to increase crop yields…

Go to profitside.work to find the Profit Side Challenge or to work with Ingrid.

13- Environmental Planning 1974-Today with Brian Mooney of Rick Engineering
46:50
2017-10-12 12:55:30 UTC 46:50
13- Environmental Planning 1974-Today with Brian Mooney of Rick Engineering

The impact of the big environmental acts passed in the 1970's is enormous…and almost invisible to the average person because we tend to take things like clean air and clean water and forests and beaches for granted. But if it weren’t for those four pieces of legislation passed in the early seventies, we would be living in a very different world. Brian Mooney Rick Engineering provides a fascinating retrospective on environmental planning in California.

Go to profitside.work to find the Profit Side Challenge or to work with Ingrid.

11- The Neighborhood Playbook with Joe Nickol and Kevin Wright
50:53
2017-10-12 12:55:30 UTC 50:53
11- The Neighborhood Playbook with Joe Nickol and Kevin Wright

What if there was a book that you could hand to a developer that would help them understand how to activate community spaces before dropping millions or billions of dollars into a project? And what if there were a book that you could hand to community leaders that could help them infuse vibrancy into their neighborhoods to attract resources and capital investment? And, what if those two books were one in the same? Kevin Wright and Joe Nickol have created The Neighborhood Playbook to speak to both developers and community leaders, and bring them together to work on a singular goal.

10 - Closet Entrepreneurialism + Planning Career = Blood Sweat and Delicious Tea: Tamika Gauvin of Looen Teas
40:10
2017-10-12 12:55:30 UTC 40:10
10 - Closet Entrepreneurialism + Planning Career = Blood Sweat and Delicious Tea: Tamika Gauvin of Looen Teas

What does a bitter refreshing drink from Barbados have in common with the field of urban planning? The answer is Tamika Gauvin and a vision for social justice.  She is part planner and part founder for Looen Teas. But trust me when I say that those parts add up to more than the whole.

10 - Closet Entrepreneurialism + Planning Career = Blood Sweat and Delicious Tea: Tamika Gauvin of Looen Teas
2017-10-12 12:55:30 UTC
10 - Closet Entrepreneurialism + Planning Career = Blood Sweat and Delicious Tea: Tamika Gauvin of Looen Teas

What does a bitter refreshing drink from Barbados have in common with the field of urban planning? The answer is Tamika Gauvin and a vision for social justice.  She is part planner and part founder for Looen Teas. But trust me when I say that those parts add up to more than the whole.

9 - Fueling the Wild Horse of Design - Conor MacDonald of DESIGNxRI
28:42
2017-10-12 12:55:30 UTC 28:42
9 - Fueling the Wild Horse of Design - Conor MacDonald of DESIGNxRI

Rhode Island is a hot bed of creativity. DESIGNxRI fuels that creativity through and drives economic development in the process of Rhode Island. This requires persistent collaboration and partnerships between the public and private sector.

 Today’s Profit Side Challenge: Communicating Value

8 - Food + Entrepreneurialism + Good Design = Great Public Space with Nicolia Robinson from Cooper Carry
49:47
2017-10-12 12:55:30 UTC 49:47
8 - Food + Entrepreneurialism + Good Design = Great Public Space with Nicolia Robinson from Cooper Carry

What do you think of when you hear the words “food hall?” Does it bring up memories of college dorm food? Or do you imagine an inspiring array of local cuisine, edgy entrepreneurship, and innovative urban planning? Today we are going to talk about the latter (though you are free to reminisce about college days after the show). And I dig into the private and personal side of food hall design and development with my guest Nicolia Robinson from Cooper Carry. 

7 – Designing Radical Hospitality: Changing the Experience of Homelessness with Pop-Up Care Villages – Guneet Anand and Eri Susuki from Site Lab Urban Studio
32:48
2017-10-12 12:55:30 UTC 32:48
7 – Designing Radical Hospitality: Changing the Experience of Homelessness with Pop-Up Care Villages – Guneet Anand and Eri Susuki from Site Lab Urban Studio

Homelessness is one of those problems that can feel hopelessly intractable at times.  Those of us that live in cities see it on a daily basis, but feel at a loss for what to do beyond spare change.

Site Lab Urban Studio Guneet Anand and Eri Suzuki of Site Lab Studio were inspired to offer good design, rather than just spare change, when they crossed paths with Lavae Mae.

Lavae Mae is a nonprofit organization promoting dignity and opportunity among the homeless community. SITELAB collaborated with Lava Mae to design spaces that contain what they call "radical hospitality." They call these spaces Pop Up Care Villages.

Today, we will dig into the personal connections and new perspectives that Guneet and Eri developed over the course of the project, and how these have shifted their approach to design across other Site Lab projects.

6 - CoUrbanize and Make Friends with Real Estate Developers for Better City Planning - Karin Brandt
45:20
2017-10-12 12:55:30 UTC 45:20
6 - CoUrbanize and Make Friends with Real Estate Developers for Better City Planning - Karin Brandt

Continuing the conversation on online citizen engagement, but this time with a twist.

Karin Brandt of CoUrbanize has a soft spot in her heart for the folks that everyone loves to hate at public meetings – real estate developers. She has developed a platform for bringing broad audiences of community members together with developers to envision successful projects.

In today's Profit Side Challenge I talk about how to make competition irrelevant by developing a blue ocean strategy.

 

5 - Bang the Table to Motivate Citizen Engagement - Matt Crozier
37:17
2017-10-12 12:55:30 UTC 37:17
5 - Bang the Table to Motivate Citizen Engagement - Matt Crozier

What does citizen engagement look like in your city or town? Is it people yelling at each other in a 6 pm meeting when most of the sane people are at home having dinner? Why does it seem like only the angriest people show up? My guest today has a solution that makes public participation more palatable, more accessible, and more enjoyable for the average person. That means valuable information from a wider swath of the population. And for those of you thinking that means more angry responses, you may be surprised to hear what happens when you take engagement online.

4 – Part 3 - Why You Must Make a Profit to Make an Impact and Why Profit is Not a Dirty Word: 7 Ways to Jumpstart Profitability and Impact
32:05
2017-10-12 12:55:30 UTC 32:05
4 – Part 3 - Why You Must Make a Profit to Make an Impact and Why Profit is Not a Dirty Word: 7 Ways to Jumpstart Profitability and Impact

This episode is all focused on forward motion – 7 ways to jumpstart profitability and impact.

1. Grasp the relationship between profit and impact 2. Identify your money demons and get rid of your head junk 3. Don’t mix business and pleasure 4. Set up a solid accounting system and don’t let the pretty software fool you 5. Get help when you need it 6. Read and implement Profit First 7. Set up an impact account

And the Takeaway: Those who do good and those who make money should be one and the same. Money isn’t evil, it’s just something that we use to keep track of how much we work and how much we consume. We all need it because we all need food and security. 

Not making money is not an option for most people. How we make money, however, can be a choice. Do you just bring home a paycheck, or do you labor to make a positive difference in the world? 

Whether we make enough money to sustain our impact can also be a choice. This one is trickier. This one can involve some self-imposed voodoo mind control and rewriting the myths that hold you back.

3 – Part 2 - Why You Must Make a Profit to Make an Impact and Why Profit is Not a Dirty Word: More Money Myths
23:41
2017-10-12 12:55:30 UTC 23:41
3 – Part 2 - Why You Must Make a Profit to Make an Impact and Why Profit is Not a Dirty Word: More Money Myths

I continue digging into the money myths that undermine our profitability and impact. I also define the concepts of true impact and true profit and explore the difference between daydreaming and doing. 

2 - Part 1 - Why You Must Make a Profit To Make and Impact and Why Profit Is Not a Dirty Word
21:10
2017-10-12 12:55:30 UTC 21:10
2 - Part 1 - Why You Must Make a Profit To Make and Impact and Why Profit Is Not a Dirty Word

I was raised on the idea that the world is divided into two camps: those who do good, and those who make money.  This idea causes great harm.

Why do we, as a society, ask people that dedicate their lives to doing some of the most noble work, to do it at a severe discount? How can you be expected to make an impact in the world when you are struggling to support yourself and your family?

1- Love Where You Live - Peter Kageyama
39:58
2017-10-12 12:55:30 UTC 39:58
1- Love Where You Live - Peter Kageyama

There is an important role for unsanctioned city-building.  Pillow fights, illegal signs, anti-establishment restaurants -- Peter Kageyama argues that the silly, nonsensical, and weird are what make cities not only livable, but lovable. He even advocates for a little rule-breaking to get the job done.

Peter is the author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow up, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places. He is an internationally sought-after speaker and consultant with expertise in community development and grassroots engagement strategy.