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by scott pickard

I have recently discovered that to print-on-demand think2ool in color, it was a bit of a shocker. I doubt anyone would buy the book at that price. It got me to thinking. While I was traveling last week and had a lot of time to think about it, I came to the conclusion that think2ool has very little utility as a book. If it has any usefulness and appeal at all, it would be as a content app accessible on a mobile device. Whether or not it could ever be monetized in some way, I have no idea, but that’s not important right now.

Mind Wandering think2ool sp think2ool is a browse engine for wandering and connecting, one topic to another, at the speed of a click, along the edges of new ideas. think2ool is a dynamic book of content that is created and destroyed on a daily basis to maintain a zero-sum fixed size of 80,000 words (250 pages). One new idea is posted each day to make you think, to surprise you, and to give you a random starting place for browsing. The best way to search is to use Ctrl+F, but you can click here to bring up a search box. think2ool uses these questions to filter content: • Will this item still be relevant a year from now? • Will it make you think about things? • Will it challenge you? • Is it excellent or praiseworthy? • Does it address permanent and universal human concerns? • Is it a big idea, game changer, disruptor, breakthrough? • Will it influence other great works? • Is it respected by experts? • Is it cool and on the edge? • Does it reflect the spirit of the times? wordpress: scottpickard | twitter: spickard6 Ideas | Balance | Big Picture | Creativity | Issues | Lateral Thinking | Zeitgeist

think2ool needs to be an app

When I started compiling think2ool many years ago, it was certainly a book at that time. And I have had that vision in my head for so long, it was hard for me to come off of that. But for a variety of reasons – feedback from family and friends, high cost to print in color, the use of thousands of links to the web, the dynamic nature of the content, and the fact that everybody is spending more time reading on their smart phones rather than out of a book – I think I should drop the print-on-demand project for now.

So I’m going to transition think2ool to an app and I will need a logo

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Incubator hopes to help entrepreneurs

February 5, 1989

Four local business executives have left established forms to start their own management consulting network across firm the University of Illinois Beckman Institute.  Scott Pickard, Thomas Trone, Martin Widdowson, and Norman “Mac” MacGregor have joined forces in NorthCampus Ventures, a firm that provides services for start-up businesses.  Pickard, 39, was vice president of business development for Kuck & Associates, Inc., a Champaign supercomputer software firm, until November.

Left to right: Martin Widdowson, Scott Pickard, Mac MacGregor, Tom Trone

Left to right: Martin Widdowson, Scott Pickard, Mac MacGregor, Tom Trone

 

about think2ool

think2ool is a browse engine for the wandering mind, connecting one topic to another at the speed of a click, along the edges of new ideas.

think2ool is a dynamic book of content that is created and destroyed on a daily basis to maintain a zero-sum fixed size.  One new idea is posted each day to make you think, to surprise you, and to give you a random starting place for browsing.  think2ool is freely accessible on any mobile device with an internet connection.

think2ool uses these questions to filter content:

  • Will this item still be relevant a year from now?
  • Will it make you think about things?
  • Will it challenge you?
  • Is it excellent or praiseworthy?
  • Does it address permanent and universal human concerns?
  • Is it a big idea, game changer, disruptor, breakthrough?
  • Will it influence other great works?
  • Is it respected by experts?
  • Is it cool and on the edge?
  • Does it reflect the spirit of the times?

think2ool’s topic format has been carefully designed for the wandering mind to enable easy browsing.  It is packed with valuable content components: hierarchical position within a big picture context; in-a-nutshell quotes; good questions and (links to) good answers; big ideas; good books/authors; cross-references to the most relevant topics; grayed-out placeholders for future content; yellow-highlighted last post.

The library of world knowledge is like an accelerating train speeding at a pace beyond our grasp, so think2ool captures a curated sampling as the train flashes by. It is a dynamic, never-ending book that aims to sift and curate the best and most enduring of our shared global society.

Scott Pickard
2014

scott pickard

Scott Pickard is founder and principal of Boulevard Projects based in Champaign, IL.  Scott works in partnership with entrepreneurs, universities, corporations, and investors to achieve a specific project or program objective.  He is also available to provide interim operating management and board service as necessary.

Previous to Boulevard Projects, Scott served as UIUC’s Director of Research Park and its technology business incubator, EnterpriseWorks, from 2002-2009; and most recently as the Associate Director for the Information Trust Institute (ITI) from 2009-2013.

Scott has been involved in corporate governance and directorship for over twenty years.  He has served on numerous for-profit and non-profit boards and is currently Director on the Board of the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union, and Trustee with the Champaign Public Library.  He also served on the board of the Association of University Research Parks (2007-2009); Illinois Entrepreneurship Network (2007-2009); Aberdeen Group (1995-99; acquired by Hanley-Wood); Champaign County Community Development Fund (1991-94); Eres Consultants (1990-97; acquired by ARA); WhiteMoss (1990-94; now Ecothermics); Central States Communications (1989-96); and NorthCampus Ventures (1988-94).

Scott develops content on assignment and has published articles across a broad range of topics covering design, engineering, construction, new technology, entrepreneurship, startups, due diligence, and corporate governance and board service.  He is currently developing curated online content for think2ool which will also be published in book form in 2014.

Scott earned a Master of Science (M.S.), Civil Engineering, 1979 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He resides in Champaign, IL, with his wife Karen, married 42 years.  Karen and Scott have three children and three granddaughters.  Scott is an avid runner, tennis player, golfer, traveler, reader, writer, and tinkerer.

 News

Library board looking anew at cuts in staff, hours by Patrick Wade, News Gazette, September 12, 2014
Library officials have narrowed some of their options to save money as they stare down a projected $300,000 budget shortfall next year and a deficit that is only expected to grow larger in the future if they don’t do anything to correct it.  “Maybe at the front end of this, I thought we could piece a lot of things together, but it doesn’t look like that’s possible,” said library board trustee Scott Pickard…..more

Champaign library board again in search of a budget fix by Patrick Wade, News Gazette, March 21, 2014
Closing the library for several hours or a full day every week keeps being brought up, especially now as board members start to look toward future budget years without a safety net.  “No idea is a bad idea,” board member Scott Pickard reminded his colleagues as he went through how the board might go about avoiding millions of dollars in cumulative budget deficits if it does not act. Charging for parking in the library parking lot or maybe even squeezing more revenue out of the library cafe were among the options discussed Thurday night. Pickard even suggested potentially turning the library basement into some kind of creative space and generating money out of that area…..more

Celebrating 10 years of startup incubation at EnterpriseWorks by Jacqui Ogrodnik, The Daily Illini, October 10, 2013
EnterpriseWorks is a technology venture incubator. Its construction was funded by the state of Illinois in 2003 as part of an overall technology and economic development initiative the state was leading, said Scott Pickard, former director of Research Park.  “Its mission is to help start up and support technology-based companies and have them graduate and become viable, sustainable companies that are actually selling a product in the marketplace and making an impact,” Pickard said. “And in the process, those companies create high quality and technical management jobs.”…..more

Experimental Solar Array Gives Illinois Unique Research Opportunities by Katie Carr, Information Trust Institute, July 12, 2013
“As a country, we’ve set ambitious goals to have a certain percentage of energy sources be renewable, and the goals trickle down to states and municipalities,” said Scott Pickard, Information Trust Institute associate director for technology and business development and ICSEG solar array project manager. “Converting to renewable energy is going to happen and we want to make sure it’ll happen in a trustworthy manner.”…..more

Trust mechanisms for cloud computing by Jingwei Huang and David M Nicol, Journal of Cloud Computing, April, 2013
This material is based upon research sponsored by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFSOR).  We would like to thank Professor Roy Campbell, Professor Ravishankar K. Iyer, Scott Pickard, and many others in ACC-UCoE (Assured Cloud Computing University Center of Excellence, a joint effort of AFSOR, AFRL, and UIUC) for their valuable discussion…..more

With desire to adapt, some workers unretire by Mildred Culp, Las Vegas Review Journal, April 8, 2013
Scott Pickard, self-styled “unretiree” and owner of Boulevard Projects in Champaign, Ill., never planned to stop working altogether. He retired from the University of Illinois before lasting about six months.  “It wasn’t much of a retirement,” he says.  In less than 60 days he stopped drawing the university’s lifetime annuity. Today, he manages projects from the ground floor, both in early-stage entrepreneurial ventures and faculty grants needing a mini-organizer…..more

How Did You Come Up With Your Business Name?, by Ashley Poulter, CEO Blog Nation, February 14, 2013.
I (Scott Pickard) have lived on a classically beautiful boulevard block for thirty years, and it has turned out to be one of the best and luckiest decisions I have made in my life. The boulevard is a place made special by natural beauty and longtime, loyal neighbors that have enriched my life…..more

Tablets and Portals Prove a Hit in Boardrooms by Pamela Babcock, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), December 21, 2012.
The board of the University of Illinois Employees Credit Union (UIECU) in Champaign has been using iPads for board matters since 2009.  “It makes a lot of sense,” said Scott Pickard, director and secretary of the nine-member board, which meets monthly with a packet that’s often more than 100 pages.  “All that paper shuffling just got to be a lot,” Pickard said…..more

Park’s EnterpriseWorks helps make ‘tech transfer’ work by Stephanie Lulay, News Gazette, November 29, 2009.
“I’m sure we would all like all of them to stay here (in Champaign County),” said Scott Pickard, former manager of the research park. But companies tend to migrate to places where they can get financing, where the chief executive officer lives, or where employee or manufacturing needs take them…..more

Scott Pickard Named Associate Director of ITI, January 30, 2009.  The Information Trust Institute (ITI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has named Scott Pickard as its new Associate Director.  When asked about his new role, Pickard said, “I’m really pleased and honored to be a part of ITI, because its mission to improve information security is critical to our world. Everything runs on computer software and large networked systems, and we depend on these systems to operate smoothly and reliably every second of every day. I look forward to being part of the growth and success of ITI in the coming years.”…..more

Central Illinois Business with Alex Ruggieri, radio interview with Scott Pickard, August 23, 2008, starts at minute 1:30 and runs for 24 minutes.

TechTour gives residents chance to learn about new projects by Don Dodson, News Gazette, November 5, 2007.
Pickard points out site at Oak and St. Mary’s, where the Blue Waters “petascale” computer is to be housed. National Science Foundation gave UI $208 million to build “next fastest computer in the world,” he says…..more

Divesifying the Boardroom: It starts at the top by Renee Gotcher, Infoworld, February 22, 1999.
“IT must also face the fundamental disparity between men and women in the technology and science professions,” says Scott Pickard, an independent director and board consultant in Champaign, IL…..more

Random Walk by Jeff Borden, Crain’s Chicago Business, February 15, 1999.
Scott S. Pickard doesn’t have all the answers to being an effective board member, but he may have all the questions.  He’s the author of “The Director’s Handbook of Questions,” a 200-page, self-published book that he’s selling on his Internet site…..more

Hot Spots: America’s New Growth Regions, Business Week, October 19, 1992, pp. 83-84.
Scott Pickard, a former engineer who set up NorthCampus Ventures about five years ago, is often the conduit.  He acts as an intermediary between technology mavens with good ideas and local investors…..more

Incubator hopes to help entrepreneurs, News Gazette, February 5, 1989, pp. C-1.
Four local business executives have left established forms to start their own management consulting network across firm the University of Illinois Beckman Institute. Scott Pickard, Thomas Trone, Martin Widdowson, and Norman “Mac” MacGregor have joined forces in NorthCampus Ventures, a firm that provides services for start-up businesses. Pickard, 39, was vice president of business development for Kuck & Associates, Inc., a Champaign supercomputer software firm, until November.

 

Writing

          

          

On Unretiring, On the Boulevard, March 4, 2013.

On the Boulevard, blog, 2012 – present

Art of the Good Question, On the Boulevard, December 28, 2012.

I Am, On the Boulevard, December 27, 2012.

The Heilmeier Catechism Visits the University, On the Boulevard, December 21, 2012.

Starting a business IS my retirement, On the Boulevard, December 20, 2013.

Ryder Cup Diary 2012 (September, 2012)

think2ool.com (2011 – present)

Golf Rules Finder, iUniverse, July 7, 2006, 297 pages. Golf Rules Finder is designed to be an easy-navigation golf rules lookup book that golfers can carry with them in their bag. Each rule is broken down into keywords and phrases cross-referenced so that the golfer can find the relevant rule fast. Diagrams are included for common relief procedures.

Seven Excuses for Not Using a Board, Professional Services Management Journal (PSMJ), Vol. 32, No. 3, March, 2005, pp. 10-11. A 1095-word article debunking seven excuses for not creating a board of directors.

Olympic Fusion, 2004, iUniverse, novel, 116 pages, contemporary action, adventure, suspense.

Due Diligence List, iUniverse, December 12, 2002, 184 pages. Due Diligence List has over 2,000 good due diligence questions organized under fourteen major functional areas of the business.

Leaders Ask Good Questions, iUniverse, July 18, 2002, 263 pages. Leaders Ask Good Questions is a thinking, brainstorming, and preparation tool for executives and directors, with over 2,000 good corporate governance and due diligence questions to keep CEOs on their toes.

Director-CEO Relationship, Corporate Board Member (online), 2001. A 500-word article describing how the effective director manages his relationship with the CEO.

Morale Audit, Corporate Board Member (online), 2001. A 500-word article describing how boards can stay in touch with the morale of the organization.

Forecasting Cash Flow, Civil Engineering News, May, 1997, pp. 38-40. An 1800-word article on how to use an integrated spreadsheet to forecast cash flow.

Privatization of Pavement Infrastructures, Eye on ERES, Vol. 3, No. 4, 1996, pp. 1-3. A case history of a highway privatization project in Santiago, Chile.

Interim Operating Management: An Efficient Alternative to Managing Startups, NorthCampus, Vol. 2, No.2, February, 1991, pp 4-5.  The pros and cons of hiring an Interim Operating Management (IOM) firm to assist founders with overall management of a startup.

Central States Goes Corporate, Communications, November, 1990, pp. 44-48. Story of a company’s young president and new owner who shaped a new image for an old company.

Taking the Entrepreneurial Plunge: Look before you leap, NorthCampus, Vol. 1, No. 10, October 1990, pp. 4-5.  A feasibility checklist before you launch a new venture.

CEOs Out of Bounds, Chief Executive, Vol. 61, September, 1990, pp. 78-80. Profiling three NFL Referees who were also CEOs of their own businesses: banking, insurance, and construction.

Europe 1992 and High Technology: Preparing for a Single European Market, NorthCampus, Vol. 1, No. 9, September, 1990, pp. 1-5.  Planning to capitalize on the new unified European market.

Electronic Decisions, Inc.: Commercializing BreakthroughTechnology, NorthCampus, Vol. 1, No. 8, August, 1990, pp. 1-5. How a group of scientists took over an empty junior high school to pursue an entrepreneurial dream.

Welded Wire Sandwich Panels: an Alternative to Wood-Frame Construction, Concrete Construction, April, 1990.

Planning for Success Brings Success to an Indiana Contractor, Concrete Construction, January, 1990.

Sulfur Concrete at AMAX Nickel -A Project Case History, Concrete International, Vol. 6, Issue #10, October 1, 1984.

Desert Workshops Teach Construction Skills, Concrete International, Vol. 4, Issue 5, May 1, 1982.

Double-Curved Arch Dam for Denver, Concrete International, Vol. 4, Issue #4, April 1, 1982.

ACI and Contractors: The New Partnership, Daily Pacific Builder, Vol. 92, No. 44, March 5, 1982.

Your Next Job Overseas: Making the Right Decision, EXPATS International, Vol. 1, No. 1, March, 1982, pp. 2-3 (monthly column analyzing market trends and international job opportunities for expatriate Americans).

Contract Research — A Valuable Resource, Concrete International, Vol. 4, Issue 2, February 1, 1982.

Colored Precast Panels Brighten Chicago’s Chinatown, Concrete International, Volume 3, Issue 12, December 1, 1981.

Sulfur Concrete: Understanding/Application, Concrete International, Vol. 3, Issue #10, October 1, 1981.

Houston Ship Channel Bridge, Concrete International, Vol. 3, Issue 8, August 1, 1981.

Ruptured Composite Tube Design a for Houston’s Texas Commerce Tower, Concrete International, Vol. 3, Issue #7, July 1, 1981.

The Power Tower, Concrete International, Vol. 3, Issue #6, June 1, 1981.

Construction-Oriented Concrete Design, Concrete International, Vol. 3, Issue 5, May 1, 1981.

Passaic Valley STP Presents Panorama of Concrete Construction Practices, Concrete International, Vol. 3, Issue #4, April 1, 1981.

Confidence: The Prime Mover Behind Engineering Productivity, Civil Engineering, Vol. 51, No. 4, April, 1981, pp. 60-61.

Industrialized Building For an Energy-Efficient Future, Concrete International, Vol. 3, Issue 2, February 1, 1981.

Concrete Construction: Meeting the Challenge Means Progress, Concrete International, Vol. 2, No. 5, May, 1980, pp. 15-24.

Immersed-Tube Concrete Tunnel Sweeps Across Baltimore Harbor, Concrete International, Vol. 2, Issue 12, December 1, 1980.

Bingham Office Center Complex Wins the Race to Capture Their Share of Office Space Demand, Concrete International, Volume 2, Issue 06, June 1, 1980.

Europe Diary 1975-76

Unpublished

Non-fiction
Lost Swing in Paradise, 2003, slice-of-life article on golf

Fiction
Are You Certain?, 2012, 600 words, submitted to NPR’s 3-minute fiction
LeConte Hall, 2011, 600 words, submitted to NPR’s 3-minute fiction
Brush Stroke’s Song, 1980, 4,000 words, holiday short story
A Noble Spirit, 1978, 10,000 words, coming-of-age short story

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