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Bob Berkebile

Failure

PRESENTED ON MAY 01, 2009
IN SAN FRANCISCO @ VOL 33

How could a man witness the fatal failure of a bridge in the Hyatt Regency Hotel, which killed 114 people, designed by his own firm, and then become one of the founders of the US Green Building Council, and have a profound impact on how our buildings impact the entire planet? The theme for this presentation is "failure."

In April 2009, this was a theme everyone was confronting in one way or another. Bob Berkebile came to this event fully aware of how failures -- some his own, others he merely witnessed -- have the potential to shape lives for the better. During the course of his 20 slides, he expresses in a very uniquely personal way the mindset and imagination necessary to see failures as the opportunities for insight that they can be.

"Presentation of the Day" on February 19, 2013.

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Heroic Failure

BY TOM LLOYD
@ VOL 4 ON SEP 23, 2011

Tom Lloyd is a designer, but also a thinker. In his presentation, Tom thinks about how objects, architecture, and stories are constructed; how we get from point A to point B. He speaks on the concept of "heroic failures", and asks why certain failures are looked back on with an air of love and wistfulness -- failures like the AMC DeLorean, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the rickety bridge trope -- when other failures are simply abject.

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Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

BY KATE GARMEY
@ OCTOBER TABLE TALKS: MY WORST IDEA ON OCT 14, 2013

Kate Garmey is a self-proclaimed expert in the area of "bad ideas." She goes through a laundry list of her trials and triumphs, and discusses how she came to work at Table XI. 

"Presentation of the Day" on October 22, 2013.

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Fail Forward

BY ASHLEY GOOD
@ VOL 25 ON SEP 20, 2013

Failure is sticky. It’s well known that people learn better from stories of failure than stories of success, yet failure is rarely discussed. Instead of treating projects and ideas that previously failed as a massive repository of R&D knowledge, these invaluable stories are often never told or actively swept under the rug.

But change is afoot! Failure, or rather, failing intelligently is becoming an essential skill in the rapidly changing world we live in. Organizations and individuals are increasingly relying on methods of transforming failures into new and effective ways of solving our most important and complex challenges – catalyzing overdue, or otherwise needed change.

Ashley Good will take her 20x20 to get the audience thinking about what’s possible if we reframe our failures, what holds us back from maximizing our learning, and what it means to fail intelligently.  

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Kevin Byrd's Failures

BY KEVIN BYRD
@ VOL 20 ON OCT 04, 2013

In this hilarious presentation, Kevin Byrd, shows us some of his ideas that did not work out. One was a photo-sticker art project, another was a new T-shirt design. He also tried his luck as a DJ and a dancer. Watch to see what happened with these and more.

"Presentation of the Day" on February 25, 2014.

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Materials Innovation through Failure

BY MIKE MOORE
@ VOL 19 ON SEP 20, 2013

Mike Moore of Tres Bird Workshop, talks about his approach to architecture and design through "making": a process that allows him to fail and continually improve on his work. He shows this process in action through his past and recent projects and how it has transfromed his work into innovative and environmentally conscious architectural design. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 15, 2014.

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Teaching Kids to Fail

BY MAURYA COUVARES
@ VOL 2 ON OCT 16, 2014

Maurya Couvares tackles the difficult task of teaching kids to fail, and helping them to learn from their mistakes. 

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A Writers Journey: From Abject Failure to Marginal Success at Inside of Knoxville.com

BY ALAN SIMS
@ VOL 13 ON NOV 11, 2014

Alan Sims focuses on his blog about the culture and life of downtown Knoxville after his failed attempt in pursing song and short story writing. His blog centers around the development, events, business, and issues of his city.

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My First...

BY ANITA STEINSTAD
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 21, 2014

Creative Director Anita Steinstad speaks on failure, success, awkward moments, life-altering decisions. A short story of my firsts.

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Journey of Risks

BY LOUISE LAMMERS
@ VOL 10 ON NOV 21, 2014

Louise Lammers - Head of Studies, Enmore Design Centre, TAFE. Louise tells us of her personal and career journey, mapped out through the risks she took along the way.

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