Research & Development
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 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.
|More profitability||Less meetings|
|More well-being||Less email|
|More time||Less stress|
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.
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 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.
Ability to develop real estate as a socially oriented enterprise Ability to develop real estate in disinvested areas Positive community support for development projects
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.
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 is a project-based worker focused on systems change, productivity improvement, and organizational development. He works as an independent researcher and project developer and manager under the Lush Production moniker.
Tim engages in discovery, development, and facilitation processes to support organizations and workers as they adapt to the shifting nature of our technological society. He believes there exists a golden opportunity to reimagine the role of work in society and community and economic development practices for the better.
Tim’s core interests are collaborative systems and methods that improve organizational operation, heighten worker productivity and wellness, and expand community and economic development. He has three of years experience running a collaborative space in Milwaukee, WI, has worked on both local and national level grants, and currently works with both for-profit and nonprofit organizations as a consultant.
Previous clients have included the Knight Foundation, the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Alliance for Regional Development, and the Greater Milwaukee Committee. Tim has also done thought leadership work with the Institute for the Future, National Arts Strategies, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to Tim relocating 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 and Nora (his companion) are key to his production and well-being.