The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a national association of volunteers, including specifiers, architects, engineers, contractors, facility managers, product representatives, manufacturers, owners and others who are dedicated to improving the communication of construction information through many methods including certification (have you looked into getting your CDT?), standards, education and more.
The mission of CSI is to advance building information management and education of project teams to improve facility performance. While this mission should be achieved by every party working towards a common goal, it cannot occur without clear, complete, correct and concise communication. Anyone that has gone through their CDT certification with CSI, knows that these are the Four C’s of construction specification writing. However, this is also how a successful project is attained. With the four C’s of communication, each party involved (see the above list of CSI volunteers for reference) does his or her part to satisfy their roll to the absolute best of their ability with the Project in mind.
While I was instructed early on in my membership (through a very intelligent individual who is about to become a Fellow) that CSI is “how it is supposed to be and not necessarily how it is”, I have learned that over 13,000 people who volunteer their time, energy and information truly believe how it is “supposed to be”.
Communication is key and one thing I have learned in my three years with CSI is you can count on clear, complete, correct and concise communication with another member. Whether you are discussing the latest standard , Code, Project or material or talking about the weather or your favorite sports team, what you hear from a fellow CSI member can be held in high regard.
CSI is nothing without these volunteers. In what sounds like the Boy Scout law, these thousands of people are trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, and most of all from my experience KIND. While having the opportunity to attend meetings with all seven CSI Chapter in PA (Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Central Penn, North Central Penn, Railroad and my home chapter of Allentown), I have never felt more welcome and at ease in a room, knowing that each person attending works with the mission in mind.
While I can go and on and on, I need to stop somewhere and present my call to action. CSI is once again offering a special membership discount that is based solely around Social Media channels. I implore you to take this opportunity and save 20% on the National Membership. Of course, I also recommend you join a local chapter, where you can attend local education sessions and networking opportunities. Additional chapter dues are not included in this promotional offer.
Please, take advantage and don’t miss this special offer! #joinCSI at www.csinet.org/join by Wednesday, June 20 and pay only $192 for national dues — a 20% savings.
My absolute love of Social Media does absolutely nothing to help my attention span, which at times reminds me of Reid, my 15 month old son.
Trying to keep on top of the latest and greatest in Social Media requires one to be on their toes and be willing to dapple in what fancies you. How do you know what to pay attention to if you don’t give it a try? The older I get, the less I can concentrate for longer than 5 minutes it seems. I haven’t investigated Adult ADHD, but I wouldn’t be overly surprised if I have at least some form of it. So, if I’m introduced to a new Social Media platform and see a value in it, I’m on it. The platforms that stick, at least with me, are the ones that are most user friendly. Facebook (although that is more personal than business, Twitter and Pinterest all come to mind. I do like the visual and text blend of all three.
I have started no less than 3 blogs now in 3 different locations. The first was on ericdlussier.com, the 2nd was here on WordPress and now I have just started a Tumblr page. Tumblr is (to quote Wiki), a service that allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. I think I can already see what appeals to me as the visual aspect is what is featured first and foremost (hence, my love of Pinterest).
One of these days I think I need to sit down and concentrate on one spot and one location, at least for my blog. Is there such thing as too much of a good thing when it comes to Social Media? I think so. But for the time being it is all about being found, if someone is looking. So, if you are looking, you have found me.
Take your pick. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, WordPress, Tumblr or on my own website
The miscellaneous ramblings of Eric D. Lussier, CSI, CDT