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Team Research
Center for Balance by Design assembled a collaborative team that includes Tufts University, Colorado School of Mines, and Stanford University to submit a research proposal to the National Science Foundation. This proposal outlines a study that outlines a work plan to observe and record team dynamics to provide a better understanding of how gender balance of project-based engineering teams impacts creativity and cooperation.

Center for Balance by Design collaborated with Tufts University to submit a proposal to the NSF Partnerships for Innovation program. The project was designed to identify the barriers to success for women engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs.

Engagements
We work in partnership with organizations to build team-focused cultures. Our work to date has included programs for the Boston Consortium of Higher Education, the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, New England Women in Real Estate (NEWIRE), the Boston Society of Architects, the OD Learning Network, the Women at Work Museum, Tufts University and a variety of regional, national and international companies and consulting practices.

Cooperation Agreement with the U.S General Services Administration Workplace 20.20 Program
On September 23, 2003, Center for Balance by Design signed a Cooperation Agreement with the U.S. General Services Administration Workplace 20.20 Program. Our two organizations agreed to share knowledge and best practices in the areas of workplace performance and sustainable development.

Work Studio Project
Center for Balance by Design generated over 500K in donations from community partners including Service Point, Primary Group, MIT, GEI Consultants, Tufts University, Lyme Properties, HMFH Architects, Syska & Hennessy Group, Turner Construction, the LEGO Group, and Knoll, Inc. Our Work Studio “design incubator” will be a living-model of team-focused practices. Through an international RFP process, the Studio will house creators of ideas most consistent with our mission, and spawn an integrated system of team-focused organizations, products and processes. The project is on-hold until additional funding sources are identified.

Conferences

How Space Shapes Learning Outcomes
March 2, 2007
In partnership with Project Kaleidoscope, Center for Balance by Design hosted a one-day conference in the metro Boston area. The goal of the conference was to establish a leadership community and support for an action-oriented agenda that will build educational systems and facilities that will best prepare our youth for the challenges of global leadership.

Degrees of Connection
November 14, 2006
In association with the Boston Society of Architects and the Women In Design Network, Center principals co-chaired this one-day conference. Workshops explored work, life and family connections; inter-disciplinary connections; inter-generational connections; connections to the arts and natural world, and connections within the physical environment: both integrated design and sustainable building technology. If we put our heads, hearts and aspirations together, maybe the future can be more about finding out what we have in common, than in proving how we are different?

 

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