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David Beach Goes Beyond the Web at Drury

For Immediate Release: February 23

Rebecca Denton
Theme Year Co-Director
Assistant Professor of Education
Phone: (417) 873-7377

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., February 23, 2009 — Professor of Architecture David Beach will present a lecture titled, “Collaboration Online by Design,” at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 27 in Lay Auditorium.

Collaboration is the new business model. The ability of Web 2.0 as a new collaborative medium is making radical changes in how we can define a corporate structure, a learning environment, a design process or any traditional organization. The paradigm shift of existing on-line is both empowering and destructive, and will require everyone to rethink the delivery of our interactions. Looking specifically at the relationship between an architect and a client, the opportunity exists to reinvent the process of socially collaborative design through an innovative online strategy.

The talk will cover the new business paradigm, a different understanding of what “the web” is, data collection/visualization/analysis and its collapse into design, how we can reshape our understanding and community guidance in a leaderless and anonymous environment.

Drury University's 2008-2009 convocation series Entrepreneurship & Innovation focuses on unique and innovative approaches to business, social and environmental issues. This series features the stories of individuals and organizations who apply energy and ingenuity to improve their world.

Events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Rebecca Denton at (417) 873-7377, or by e-mail at, or visit


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