Field Notes
GeoEngineers Part of Seattle’s Innovative Engine
By – Feb 15, 2012
I was asked to participate in a video highlighting Seattle’s Innovators. It was a cool opportunity and an interesting idea by my friend Bryan Guy, co-founder of FrontRunner. The FrontRunners of Innovation video series was conceived to promote leading-edge organizations and people whose ideas,...

High-Performance Concrete
By – Jan 25, 2012
I found this article from AZoBuilding.com very innovative: "New Building Material to Improve Concrete Infrastructure." Why demo and replace infrastructure when a new concrete technique provides high performance and longevity at a lower cost, using less materials? Talk about innovation. And with...

New Approaches to Business for a New Year
By Lisa Berntsen, PWS – Jan 23, 2012
Every December when we are spending time being grateful for our families, friends and business associates, I also contemplate in what ways might I provide more meaningful value to our clients and associates. After diving into this question, I want to put forth three ideas that I have been working...

Facebook’s Farmville and a New Way to Plan and Fund Wetlands Restoration
By – Jan 19, 2012
What if Facebook games aren’t games at all? What if they are a mechanism for collaboration, design and funding restoration? GeekWire today posted an interesting, and potentially game-changing “game.”  University of Washington students have used the Facebook game Farmville to design...

Strategic Planning for a Changing World
By Lisa Berntsen, PWS – Jan 17, 2012
For a company, strategic planning refers to the mechanism by which the organization produces a plan for the future and an attempt to predict the desired outcomes of that plan. In short, it provides a pathway to direct a company to its ‘North Star,’ or guiding principles, and how to get there. If...