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"Tossing Transformation Torches"


Covid-19 has forced some amazing never before had conversations zooming us all online, lighting some blazing Transformation Torches that are igniting the sky far beyond our industry. It is not clear as to who will catch and hold these torches to lead our future crusades, but no one can ignore that transformation's fire is in the air.

Ken Sinclair
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Covid-19 has forced some amazing never before had conversations zooming us all online, lighting some blazing Transformation Torches that are igniting the sky far beyond our industry. It is not clear as to who will catch and hold these torches to lead our future crusades, but no one can ignore that transformation's fire is in the air.

Conversations like this on working and being remote evolved very quickly with our younger born connected mentors when we were all sent home for our safety,

How do you manage everything remotely?
Use effectively social media?
Be part of a remote community?
How do you learn? with You tubes, Blogs, video?
How do you gather and share information?
How do you document and share your connections and socialize....
Actually how do you live virtually, connected, anywhere you are with only a phone?

What is it like to be Born Again Connected?  Perception of our reality is everything. We need a method to disconnect from our perceptions and imagine ourselves "Born Again Connected.”

torch Once you start a conversation everything gets questioned? Which has these youngish mentors asking these questions... before I catch these burning torches.....

What is it that you older folks do in these centralized locations?...older? .....anyone over 30 with a job.

Why do you do that? How does that even work?
Why do people go to centralized buildings to do this?
Why is it so complicated? Why do you not share your work?
Why does everyone have their own ball? What game are you playing?

Good questions, Transformation bares our souls.

The flaming transformation torches of radical change of the what, why, and where when tossed as new concepts lit up the new remote controlled sky. Concepts were so new so changing everything that what was a past constant became new variables. The players shifted position on the field some moving to a new game. Some examples here in our last chapter Transformation.  We need to stop focusing on the digital part and refocus on the complete Transformation that is now occurring everywhere.

The Torch is of course tradition, wisdom, or knowledge likened to a torch as giving light or guidance pass the torch to the next generation.

The September 14 Zoom of mondaylive.org/past-shows had Peter Kelly-Detwiler  providing sparks, fire and flaming torches as a great example of how fast the electrical grid may transform.

Peter Kelly-Detwiler is the Co-Founder of NorthBridge Energy Partners LLC, an independent consulting organization with expertise and perspective on US energy markets. NorthBridge works with retail energy companies, institutional energy consumers, technologists and investors providing strategic business development, market research, and technology development service

The other thing that COVID did there was fascinating from a system planning perspective, was it fast forwarded us as grid planners and observers about five years into the future? And by that, I mean, there were a lot of questions about integration of renewables into the grid. Five years from now, when wind and solar are the cheapest resources in the world by far, even when you strip away the subsidies, when you integrate, you know, 20 or 30% of those, which we didn't expect we would get to for another five or more years. But when you reduce demand, and the renewables stay the same, and you back off the coal, suddenly the renewables are that percentage because you've changed the relationship of the numerator and the denominator.

Well worth listening to his thoughts on the evolving electrical grid.

Tossed torches versus Burning trees

We need to be able to distinguish the difference between tossed torches of transformation and the burning trees that have been created in the real estate industry which has been built on location, location, location but now in this new transformed world this may not be the advantage it once was.

When transformation torches fall on companies unable to move quickly rather than achieving successful transformation they simply turn into burning trees. We need to explore how to quickly re-purpose those assets with deep roots into more flexible assets with remoteness and agile quality.

A while back we wrote about getting out of your head, Open Your Mind, Get Out of Your Head  Step away from your hectic life. Open your mind, and to put it simply, get out of your head. This is certainly a time we need to be aware of be aware of the impact of tossed transformation torches.

The power and the importance of the major software companies has skyrocketed during the covid-19 crisis to scary levels. Their roots are remote. They are torches not trees.

We need to explore how to best work with, without and around their large transforming identities in this Controltalk Brian Turner and I chat about Google and our Industries Collaborations

Episode 378 ControlTalk NOW: Brian Turner, Buildings IOT and Ken Sinclair, Automated Buildings — Great Discussion on Defining Google’s Digital Buildings Project Digital Buildings' Mission: Support Google's urgent need to operate its very large, very heterogeneous portfolio in a scalable way. Brian Turner, CEO, Buildings IOT, and Ken Sinclair, Editor, Automated Buildings lead a brilliant discussion on what's next in the world of ontology, and the pressing need for a "semantically-expressive, easy-to-use configuration language -- complete with validation tools."

Here is one of Amazon's directions.

Semtech, Amazon Web Services and TensorIoT are joining forces on the kits which integrate Semtech’s LoRa devices and the LoRaWAN protocol to simplify IoT solutions development.

Systems Integrators and Enterprises are now able to use AWS IoT services to accelerate the pilot-to-production lifecycle for their digital transformation applications, while making use of key AWS native services, such as AWS IoT Core, Amazon API Gateway, AWS Lambda, Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), and Amazon DynamoDB.

These article tosses more torches,

The Smart Building Effect"  Forget about Smart from Start, antifragility, and classic business models that don't offer anything new. The future will be about buildings that stay relevant and get exponentially smarter over time. Nicolas Waern "The Building Whisperer" - Making buildings talk to people

If you want to read more about this and understand what the future will look like, head over to Beyond Buildings for the full article! The full article is an 82,6% intentional copy-paste of this fantastic article by Alex Voigt which is depicting the business model introduced by Tesla. The article intrigued me because it was eerily similar to what I believe is happening to the Smart Building industry.

COVID-19 is Accelerating Digital Transformation  within the Built Environment  The built environment has been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic  Marc Petock Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Lynxspring, Inc.

Like every industry and business, the built environment has been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 is the largest change agent to hit the built environment in the last 25 years. Decisions made now will have a huge impact on how we manage and operate buildings, the health and safety of occupants and even how well our businesses do.

COVID-19 has changed the way we think about buildings. It has brought into sharp focus the need to harness and leverage our buildings digital infrastructure, optimize data and real-time information—key building blocks of digital transformation. In addition, it has driven the increased control and visibility to make buildings safer, reduce risk, infection protection and create trust.

Building owners and operators have understood the need for smarter operations, and in recent years have begun to take steps towards the digital transformation of their buildings.

The pandemic hit—and with it, a newfound urgency or shall we say a “forced to adapt and to do so fast”. The results are having a significant impact on how facilities need to be managed and operated.

How COVID-19 created a new kind of consumer in just 90 days
After two decades of steady growth, the trajectory of digital consumerism went into hyperdrive when the pandemic changed everything—giving us ‘Generation N.’

Meet Generation Novel, a growing cross-generational psychographic of digital-first consumers galvanized by the disruptive effects of COVID-19. This emergent and significant customer segment isn’t just digital-centric. It’s also emotionally charged, as pandemic-fueled fear, anxiety, and worry take their toll. With the impact of the novel coronavirus likely to endure, companies must prioritize the study of Gen N. Doing so will help executives understand how consumers’ increased and accelerated use of technology affects their preferences, behaviors, and routines.

Seek out Tossed Transformation Torches and beware of burning trees and be careful not to get burned in the transformation fire. We can not avoid complete transformation of life as we know it.
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