Chris Downey, an Architect based in San Francisco suddenly became blind in 2008 as a result of a brain haemorrhage.
He now believes he can make a difference in a way he failed to do previously. Becoming blind enables him to see things differently. Well, using his other senses has increased his understanding of his environment where previously he relied mainly on his ability to see. Now he can tell which suburb he’s in purely by smell.
He makes some interesting observations on the world of Architecture, identifying where improvements can be made to make life more worthwhile for its citizens blind or otherwise, and the need to collaborate with a more extensive range of people to deliver a much more community based integration of inner city buildings.
It’s clear that these insights come after losing his sight, but have a different perspective because we know he had a life as a practising architect long before this event.
In business today we strive for a point of difference where a new perspective can provide rewards we otherwise might fail to gain.
Unlike Chris, we are not forced into a world we know little about. The decision to look wider and deeper is only prevented by our own motivation. We can of course do nothing but where is our leadership if we fail to see the bigger picture and take steps to deliver it.
Some questions do come to mind and I thought I could share them with you.
How do we tend to view collaboration?
Do we collaborate out of fear?
Do we only use tried and trusted relationships?
Do we stretch our organisation to include areas and people new to us?
Have we an infrastructure that allows co-operation?
Are we, like Chris, reactive to our environment or do we want to fashion our environment?
View his video as it gives a perspective that enhances where and how we work and let me know some of your answers in the comments below.
Read our previous blog on how Why Architects need to use their ears.