Welcome to the New Rules of Engagement

A nagging problem of contemporary life is that we are all over scheduled. New demands for our time and attention seem to appear at every turn.  Often it feels as if we are playing catch-up with our own lives and in this complex web of professional and personal obligations something’s got to be given up.

Consider this blog to be the map for your new rules of APLD engagement. Like any journey that requires a map, each person has to choose their own route and decide which sights (sites?) they want to see along the way.  Using Social Media tools, including this blog, some APLDNJ will events will be publicized and offered in a variety of virtual formats.  There will also be news, tools and ideas only shared here.  Anyone can join in and you will be able to attend on your own time– before, during and after the event based on what tools you use to participate.  These virtual events will not be a substitute for being there in person–nothing can take the place of that one on one, real life experience.  What this portal will do is it will show provide you with alternative ways to be involved and participate in what’s happening in APLDNJ.

Beginning  with the March 3rd CAD for Landscape Designers meeting, you can participate using social media tools and you will find everything you need to try it out below.  Click on links, try out some of the ideas, or just read along here. The APLDNJ blog will be there live via the @apld  Twitter stream or can be  a resource for you check back on or subscribe to in your own reader to keep up with what’s going on in your NJ chapter!

Have fun, learn and give us your feedback by leaving comments, entering in discussions with other designers, posting pictures and videos.  Remember, this is first and foremost YOUR chapter!

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5 responses to “Welcome to the New Rules of Engagement

  1. Great idea! I will be “watching” from a distance…

  2. I am very excited about this project and the potential it has to engage APLD members in a new way. It also offers, in the new spirit of transparency, a window into what APLD is all about for those who may become future members.

  3. Great idea! I’ve been blogging since last summer and started one for the APLD California chapter, but to date it has only been a place to park articles and contains no active content, so it hasn’t been publicized. Is your intent to create a blog geared towards the general public as well?

    I’ll be interested to see how you develop your new platforms.

  4. Our intent is for it to be a companion to the website as well as a place for people, members or not, to experience what APLD is about. It will not be a substitute for the actual in-person events although it might in the future have its own events. As we’ve clearly said, this is one big experiment.

  5. If you’ve yet to read Susan Cohan’s blog re how the planning for “socializing” the CAD for Landscape Designers event has been unfolding, check it out here: http://is.gd/lsha As one deeply involved in this specific process, I just love how she’s summed it up.

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