Lush Production


Research & Development


  • Research

    Research projects test and refine new ideas or explore compelling questions. Projects are typically six months to two years in length and how we explore, define, and develop our Fields of Practice. Research outcomes are best practices, tools, and “shovel-ready” models that can then be scaled and more broadly applied by other organizations. Projects are led and developed by Lush Production. Think of our research services as an on-demand problem-solving, question-answering department.

  • Development

    Development is the application of our Research in the real world. Development projects are undertaken directly by Lush Production or by clients of Lush Production. Great-fit clients for our consulting services are looking to improve the effectiveness of their organizations, to develop real estate or business projects as social enterprises, or participate in the project-based economy.

Fields of Practice


Effectiveness is doing the right thing at the right time. Efficiency is doing something in the best possible way. Notice the difference? You can very efficiently go in the wrong direction. Our perspective is it is better to look at the whole of any situation to determine the best way forward. This often can take the shape of process improvement. But it also can mean taking a step back and slowing down. Ultimately, Effectiveness is about facilitating organizations and people be the best versions of themselves. This in turn results in more productivity and profitability. Effectiveness is achieved by integrating goals, skills, and tools into an elegant system that is tuned the values of the organization. Incorporate values-driven design, social impact, and the Primary Skills into your practice. Do well while doing good.

Example Outcomes:

More profitability Less meetings
More well-being Less email
More time Less stress
  • Work Future

    Work Future embraces the perspective that the social institution of work is fundamentally changing. This change is driven by the forces of globalization, automation, and connectivity. The idea of a long-term job has become a foreign concept for most. Many people around the globe are feeling the instability and uncertainty of our high-velocity and dynamic economy. We are stepping further into a post-job world, and this means both organizations and individuals must adapt.

    Example Outcomes:

    Take advantage of the independent worker talent pool
    Make the employment experience more effective
    Learn about the work practices and skills of tomorrow
  • Integrated Development

    Integrated development approaches community development, real estate development, and economic development as one system. Systems thinking is applied at the neighborhood level to simultaneously promote people, place, profit, and purpose. Impact investment is the primary funding mechanism.

    Example Outcomes:

    Ability to develop real estate as a socially oriented enterprise
    Ability to develop real estate in disinvested areas
    Positive community support for development projects
  • Collaborative Workspace

    Our increasingly networked society demands that we create functional environments for working together. Learn best practices for how to set up and manage Collaborative Workspace, including real estate development and design, financial modeling, and space programming.

    Example Outcomes:

    Viable business model
    Space programming plan



These lenses are the guiding framework for all actions taken by Lush Production.

  • Well-being:  prioritization of a positive human condition.
  • Effectiveness:  doing the right work at the right time.
  • Systems:  integration into the larger context.
  • Authenticity:  cultivation of transparency, integrity, and cultural representation.
  • Practice:  commitment to a disciplined approach on a daily basis.

Tim Syth

Tim Syth is self-employed, independent entrepreneur focusing on the future of work. There are two facets to his production: applied socioeconomic research and organizational effectiveness consulting.

Using systems thinking and productivity best practices, Tim supports organizations and workers as they adapt to the shifting nature of work. He believes the social institution of work is evolving rapidly in response to globalization and technology, and there exists a golden opportunity to reconsider the socioeconomics of work to better serve humans.

Tim’s primary interests are collaborative systems that improve organizational operation, heighten worker productivity and well-being, and increase healthy socioeconomic development. He has five of years experience running collaborative spaces in Milwaukee, WI, has worked on both local and national grants, and currently works with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations as a consultant.

His clients have included the Knight Foundation, the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Alliance for Regional Development, the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and numerous private businesses. Tim has also done thought leadership work with the Institute for the Future, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and National Arts Strategies.

Prior to Tim moving to Milwaukee, he lived and worked as a photographer in Berlin, Germany, while completing his Master’s degree in the the field of Media & Communications. Tim studied Art Photography at the University Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has lived abroad extensively, grew up the rural farming community of Greenwood, WI, and is handy with a chainsaw.

An integrated work-life practice and Nora (his companion) are key to his production and well-being.


Phone: 414.301.1414