While waiting in the lobby of the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix, which is a the only existing hotel in the world with a Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced design, serendipity introduced me to Rob Barros, a film maker. He was filming the glass art design in the lobby and I was waiting for a business contact for dinner. The Social Product Development and Cocreation Conference sponsored by Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) brought me to Phoenix to learn more about this hot topic.
It was a brilliant stroke of luck since Rob hails from the Twin Cities of Minnesota and is in the process of filming an independent film on John Howe, one of the architects who did over 50% of the Frank Lloyd Wright drawings. Turns out he used Kickstarter to solicit funding for the project so he could keep it an independent film. In 2 months on Kickstarter, he raised the 100% of the capital he needed for traveling to sites, filming, production and editing the project. [Read more...]