Building the World: The American Institute of Architects

If you have ever admired a building or a house, then chances are your life has been indirectly influenced by an architect. Every skyscraper, every house, and even a lot of interior designs have an architect’s fingerprint on them. Architects change the world by their unique designs, and the American Institute of Architects is there to give them all of the necessary support so they can continue to fill America and the rest of the world with immense beauty.

A cursory look at their website shows a whole host of professional development opportunities for their member architects, including a list of the latest professional events that all architects can participate in. For example, a current look at AIA’s calendar reveals that they are going to host an in-person ACD5 online training session in New York City on October 9; an ACD5 Basics training webinar that is ongoing; an an educational event entitled “Scene through the lens: Guadalupe street” on October 14th in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The professionals at the American Institute of Architects also realize that the field of architecture touches on many different subjects. They have a list of topics that they often touch on, and this would include Art, History and Religion; Building science and technology; Design and health; Design specialty; Energy; Firm Management; Resilience; Social Impact; Career and Profession; and Materials.https://www.aiacontracts.org/

Literally volumes could be written about their contributions to these topics. Under the social impact category alone they discuss a variety of programs, including their “disaster assistance” program and their Regional/Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT).

The disaster assistance program consists of a nationwide network of architects who stand ready to help any community before and after a natural disaster occurs. Their most recent task has been to help families and businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma in Houston and Florida. Moreover, they also coordinate with local agencies to assist in the rebuilding process in each of these areas.

The R/UDAT program is also helpful for many. It helps communities by providing a citizen-led directive to help urban areas become more self-sustainable.

As you can see, there is much that the up-and-coming architect can do to improve their neighborhood, community and world. The American Institute of Architects stands ready to help every architect, whether they are in the twilight of their careers, the middle or even just at the beginning.

UC Davis In Hot Water Over Reputation Scandal

When footage of students at the University of California, Davis, being assaulted by campus police appeared online, the school enlisted the help of online reputation management consultants to erase any evidence. As a result, the chancellor of the University was placed on leave.

The article on marketingland.com gives a rundown of the events leading up to the chancellor’s suspension. In November 2011, video footage showed students who were protestors in an Occupy Wall Street movement being maced by UC Davis police. The officers subsequently left the university or were terminated. Chancellor Linda Katehi issued an apology for the harsh treatment of the students, but in April 2016, The Sacramento Bee reported that the University had spent over $175,000 on online reputation management consultants who were hired to clean up their online image and erase any damaging information relating to the events.

The article goes on to explore why people found the university’s choice to hire ORM consultants shady and presents an argument in support of UC Davis’s decision. An overview of what online reputation management entails is given, and you can find more on them starting with this Reputation.com Review. and Marketing Land calls the media’s perspective on the situation “the most disappointing area” of the entire ordeal.

Online reputation management is not a black market approach to the Internet. The basics of ORM are to identify how a company or person is being perceived on the Web in order to make positive adjustments to marketing and public relations strategies. The article states, “It would have been terrible if the administrators and staff did not do something about the university’s reputation.”

The article also emphasizes the importance for the public to recognize that the actions of the police involved in the incident are isolated and not reflective of UC Davis as a whole. The author summarizes their argument with the following: “But I think it’s important to recognize that the actions of those police, and perhaps the administrators above them, were the guilty parties, and smearing the reputation of the entire university has direct and indirect damaging effects upon many more individuals who were not responsible for the unjustified pepper-spraying of the protestors.”

The article concludes with a breakdown of ORM and a brief exploration of its most common strategies, most of which are widely practiced throughout the digital marketing industry, such as SEO and keyword analysis. The author concludes the piece by attributing the scale of the UC Davis scandal to the public’s misconception and states that the real moral of the story is that ORM needs to begin working on improving its own reputation in order to avoid such negative retaliation in the future.

Source: http://onlinereputationreviews.com/

Skout: A Humanitarian and Innocent Dating App

Get ready for yet another social media platform for teens and adults. Skout first made news for its PG approach to meeting people and finding things to do. The app puts a lot of effort into moderation while panning down the seedy elements of online matching. However, nothing is perfect, and it is still risky to allow teens onto dating sites. Parents can do their fair share by information their teens that not all is safe in the land of online dating, and not everyone will pan out to be the online representation of themselves. With Skouts new humanitarian efforts aimed at feeding the world’s hungry, it seemed like a worthwhile endeavor to see what Skout is all about.

The developer’s behind Skout are adamant in implementation of better safety measures in 2012. Skout sets themselves a step above the rest by catering to a specific type of community: posts are rarely lascivious or harsh, but very tame though maybe flirtatious at times. This isn’t your late nineties chat room at all. This seems to be even safer than the type of dates that one would find on myspace. Although, parents beware. Adults cannot see what kids are posting, and do not have the ability to follow their children.

There are over 100 million downloads worldwide, and it is easy to see why. Skout possesses an easy user interface and and a vibrant community. It is one of the most active mobile devices available on Google Play. Chatting and flirting through this app could conceivably be an all day affair. There are millions of people on this service, and all are able to connect with others through shared interests and other “datable” criteria.

Is there anything to improve with this app? It is quite addictive, so if you’re the type of spend four hours on facebook from a 15 minute perusal plan, you might benefit from Skout. Communication tends to be short and sweet, reminiscent of dating twitter for teens and adults. This is not only good news for people who love abbreviated communication, but you’ll save loads of your free time from those sometimes encyclopedic facebook status updates.

However, much like facebook, users will be able to interact with other users via likes, comments, and other virtual gifts. Photos and in earnable app credits are also ways in which users are encouraged to interact. These are great icebreakers for pro-daters and those just venturing into the field.