Bob Berkebile

Today's presentation -- recorded during PechaKucha Night in San Francisco Vol. 33 at the Autodesk Gallery -- is a powerful one, as Bob Berkebile talks about how failure can lead to profound changes.

How could a man witness the fatal failure of a bridge the Hyatt Regency Hotel designed by his own firm in Kansas City in 1981 lead him to transform his firm, BNIM, into one of founders of the US Green Building Council and have a profound impact on how our buildings impact the entire planet?

The theme for this PechaKucha was "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 and others he merely witnessed, have the potential to shape lives -- for the better. During the course of his 20 slides, he expressed in a very uniquely personal way the mindset and imagination necessary to see failures as the opportunities for insight that they can be.