Gensler’s Irwin Miller Explains How Collaboration Leads to More Sustainable Solutions

Posted on 23. Sep, 2010 by in Design & Culture

Rethinking the way we approach innovation might be the most sustainable thing we can do.

That’s how OG2010 speaker Irwin Miller approaches design. Miller, an architectural designer and principal at Gensler, feels that working with and learning from others can lead to better, unexpected outcomes.

“It’s really about getting out of your comfort zone and learning things from other people that change your own way of thinking,” says Miller, who will be leading an OG workshop on Friday afternoon to teach us all how to take an idea and let others run with it.

But collaboration doesn’t necessarily mean crowdsourcing. “You need a clear driver throughout the process—whether it’s the film director, producer, architect or editor,” Miller explains. And your team of collaborators should be peers—people who know enough about the subject matter to provide productive input.

“Adding information from others along the way leads to a much more robust outcome than you would have if you just started yourself,” he says. “You want to see where you idea could go and how much better it could be.”

Written by AHA! for Opportunity Green.

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