The "E" of Real Estate

The "E" of Real Estate

By Rene Stevens
An exploration odyssey about REAL ESTATE and the (real) STATE of HUMANS.

This podcast about user experience on university campuses will help you to create a positive impact by raising awareness and providing best practice examples about rethinking the learning environment to maximize human potential.
I talk with experts to explore new perspectives and their practical implementation on cutting-edge topics. State of learn/work environment (physical, digital, social) and of people's health (body, mind, heart, spirit).

Meaning of the "E":
- Effectiveness.
- Efficiency.
- Evidence.
- Engagement.
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FENG SHUI, the Psychology of Place = Energy + Intention + Ritual - Jan Cisek
EVIDENCE BASED FENG SHUI Feng Shui, the Psychology of Place = Energy + Intention + Ritual. A big part of feng shui is based on common sense and good design. In this podcast we will explore the application of evidence-based Feng Shui in the learn/work environment. To boost user experience and maybe even study outcome? How can a learning environment (physical/digital/social) be used as a tool to enhance not only organisational goals but also user experience, health, well-being and consciousness? Effects of electro-smog and radiation (Wi-Fi, mobile masts, 5G, etc.) on the wellness as well as productivity, creativity, job satisfaction and job retention and reducing stress in workplaces. There are over 3300 papers on the health benefits of spirituality, and some of them are environmentally, feng shui related. Over the last ten years, the values of people have shifted from having stuff (human values) to being and health (spiritual/transpersonal values) and people are seeking environmental solutions to reflect and align their homes with these new values. Jan Cisek MSc Environmental Psychology and Feng Shui Society Accredited is working on his PhD in feng shui, which will relate to key feng shui principles that can be used in workplaces to boost productivity, innovation and general wellness. Spiritual and transpersonal dimension is an integral part of this approach. He has 35+ years of experience in feng shui and a background in interior design, design and branding, electromagnetics and geopathics as well as a master degree in environmental psychology which taught him the science behind feng shui, how it works, what it does and the intrinsic nature of feng shui principles. He specialised in Holistic and Integral Feng Shui which works in many domains: environmental or physical, emotional, intellectual or psychological, social, cultural, virtual and spiritual. Jan is one of the very few feng shui consultants in the world with a master’s degree in Environmental Psychology, thereby combining the scientific rigour of the West to the ancient Eastern art of feng shui. Most of his advice is evidence-based so you can trust and have confidence that it will work because it’s based on the latest research. Jan has a UK government Ofqual accredited diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness, which is an evidence-based discipline and also works as a Spiritual Health Mentor. Jan’s feng shui approach is integral, holistic, transpersonal and encompassing classical feng shui and modern feng shui with a host of related disciplines such as geopathics, electromagnetics, environmental psychology, cognitive ergonomics, transpersonal psychology, wellness and so on. More on his website: http://www.fengshuilondon.net/about-jan-cisek-feng-shui-consultant Apart from feng shui and environmental psychology expertise, Jan is also an accelerated learning expert and speed-reading coach. Optimising learning, and work environments is his passion.
55:47
January 19, 2020
Radionics – Radiesthesia, how can it possibly work? - Nick Franks
RADIONICS: SPOOKY ACTION AT A DISTANCE. Nick Franks made an attempt to answer the central question 'but how could it possibly work?' Radionics is a controversial therapeutic modality which combines Radiesthesia (pendulum dowsing and related sensory skills) with the use of psycho-activated codes, symbols and instruments. Radionics has developed such that it may be used to treat not only humans but also animals, crops and soils, and, potentially, the ecosphere itself. The basis therefore, is the contention that human consciousness can be projected in a manner that can influence the action of Nature to positive effect. Nick Franks made an attempt to answer the central question 'but how could it possibly work?' The attempt to answer this question forces a rethink of fundamental ideas about man, Nature, and the origins of what we perceive to be reality. In response to critiques of Radionics which claim it is some form of magic, Nick suggests that Radionic techniques arise from the inner structure of Nature itself. “Radionics is certainly the strangest of all vibrational-medicine approaches, but is one that may ultimately teach us the most about the vibrational nature of healing and human consciousness itself.”- Richard Gerber M.D. Nick Franks was born in Manchester (UK) and educated at Manchester University where he received an Honours degree in Economics. In 1973 he co-founded AMEK SYSTEMS & CONTROLS LTD (later AMEK TECHNOLOGY GROUP Plc. AMEK manufactured professional audio mixing consoles and its large customer base included many of the world's leading broadcast, recording, and sound reinforcement companies and also numerous multi-platinum recording artists. In 1997 Nick departed the professional audio industry and began to develop an existing interest in Radionics and Homoeopathy. Almost entirely self-taught in both Radionics and Homeopathy, his current main line of work is the development of Radionic instruments and codes. Radionics – Radiesthesia – the pendulum – vibrational medicine For further information about Radionics/Radiesthesia see his book: 21st CENTURY RADIONICS (2012) ISBN 978-0-9573111-0-7 Or the website: www.radionics.co.uk The "E" of real estate podcast is about user experience on university campuses and will help you to create a positive impact by raising awareness and providing best practice examples about rethinking the learning environment to maximize human potential. A kind of GPS, to tell you where you are on the way to your desired targets. A GPS with objective measurable coordinates of: Effectiveness, Efficiency, Evidence and Engagement. That is the meaning of the "E" in the name of this podcast. An exploration odyssey about REAL ESTATE and the (real) STATE of Humans. The interface and interaction between the state of the built environment (physical, digital, social) and of the health (body, mind, heart, spirit) of people using the built environment.
48:35
January 8, 2020
Thoughts on Architecture, Myths & Management – Thomas Saunder
An interview about architecture, myths & management that will give you plenty of food for your own thought and reflection. Thomas Saunders has devoted much of his professional life exploring the bonds linking architecture, nature’s geometry and the authentic Tarot’s archetypes with the human experience, our health and the world about us. He is chartered architect and Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (FRIBA). He was a visiting lecturer on Professional Practice and Business Management at the school of architecture now known as The University of East London. His presentations and seminars express the perennial esoteric wisdom of the arts and sciences that have been taught throughout the ages. Goethe’s quote Architecture is frozen music—inspired him to research the fundamental principles of design, geometry and the structure of a building based on harmonic ratios, musical intervals and proportional volumes. These will resonate with the same harmonic ratios in our body. Such vibrational sounds and colours create a life-enhancing environment. He was the founder and CEO of the architectural firm The Thomas Saunders Partnership (TTSP) with about 130 staff. After 21 years as the senior partner he was prompted by Joseph Campbell’s remark, “The real killer in life is when you are at the top of the ladder and realise it is leaning against the wrong wall.” At that point, he knew he had to move on to explore wider horizons. TTSP continues to be a well-regarded international practice. Since his ‘retirement’ from TTSP in 1984, he has acted as an independent consultant architect (Thomas Saunders Consultants Ltd.) and writing and presenting seminars. The authentic Tarot’s profound symbolic language and encoded arcane teachings can give us insights to enhance our daily lives and understand our own human psyche and the full spectrum of human nature. Perennial, mystery school teachings as a modern management tool and ethical guide in business activities and politics He is a practicing dowser, was a long-term member of the National Federation of Healers and an Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts London. Not the average architect you can say. A free-thinking person with a rigorous brain exploring the spiritual world, and being open to experiences. For further information see his books/publications: · The Boiled Frog Syndrome – Your Health and the Built Environment (2001) ISBN-10: 0470845538 ISBN-13: 978-0470845530. · Health Hazards and Electromagnetic Fields in hospital design and equipment (2003): a commission paper published by Elsevier Science Limited. · The Authentic Tarot – Discovering Your Inner Self (2007) ISBN-10: 1905857152 ISBN-13: 978-1905857159 · Getting A Life, (2014) Autobiography. ASIN: B01K0S1E0G · Thoughts on Architecture, Myths & Management (To be released in 2020) Or the website: www.authentictarot.com The "E" of real estate podcast is about user experience on university campuses and will help you to create a positive impact by raising awareness and providing best practice examples about rethinking the learning environment to maximize human potential. A kind of GPS, to tell you where you are on the way to your desired targets. A GPS with objective measurable coordinates of: Effectiveness, Efficiency, Evidence and Engagement. That is the meaning of the "E" in the name of this podcast. An exploration odyssey about REAL ESTATE and the (real) STATE of Humans. The interface and interaction between the state of the built environment (physical, digital, social) and of the health (body, mind, heart, spirit) of people using the built environment.
1:38:11
January 6, 2020
BioGeometry: Solutions to Harmonize Environment Distortions - Ibrahim Karim
In architecture we have the adage: “Form follows Function.” (Walter Gropius, Bauhaus). Dr Ibrahim Karim, professor, architect, scientist, author and creator of BioGeometry has a more holistic viewpoint. “Energy and Shape create Function.” Dr Karim is a truly Renaissance Man, who combines science and spirituality in a practical and applicable way for daily life situations. His unified harmonious worldview is based on a new multidimensional ‘PHYSICS OF QUALITY'. The practicality of his worldview has been demonstrated in the environmental solutions that BioGeometry provides in many areas of life. Dr. Karim helps us understand how we can live richer, more 'connected' lives by learning the 'language' of Nature -- the essence of BioGeometry. It's a language that was known in the ancient traditions, including the Egyptian temple sciences, but got lost. If we could relearn it... if we could again communicate with Nature in its own language... we would then be able to examine our homes, learn/work environment, our health, our food, and our devices (such as cell phones), and determine whether they are supportive of life or not for ourselves, our pets, our environment. If they are not, the science of BioGeometry gives us, as verified by numerous studies, a way to directly adjust them so they become beneficial. ENERGY is ‘the ability of something to produce an effect.’ Energy is defined through its qualities, its effect on other things. Angels are qualities in a prism. Angels are components of FORM. Angles and shapes are ‘frozen’ Qualities. They effect the environment (Physical, Digital, Social). With the science of QUALITYwe can bring harmony into the environment. Every SHAPE has QUALITIESwhich affect everything in the environment. BioGeometry focuses on reproducing the harmonizing quality (found in sacred power spots) that supports life. ANY SHAPE COULD BE CALLED SACRED/SPIRITUAL. This design principal exists in all natural shapes. It is the way that nature designs. Spirituality means living in full harmony with the forces in nature. A certain order that bring order in the universe. Spirituality is actually acknowledging that nature has a certain energy on a certain level that can balance all the visible and invisible energies. For further information about BioGeometry see his books: · Back to a Future for Mankind (2010) Translated and published in Chinese and Italian. And 5 language versions are underway. (ISBN 978-1449963958 · BioGeometry Signatures, Harmonizing the Body’s Subtle Energy Exchange with the Environment. (2016) ISBN 9781537783888 Or the website: www.biogeometry.com
1:47:02
December 16, 2019
Academic use of dowsing to re-balance subtle energies in places - Tony Scofield
“If you think that the world is only material, than you are missing a huge part of human experience.” Dr. Peter Fenwick An interview with Tony Scofield about the symbiosis of intellectual rigour with open mindedness to empower people’s health, well-being and potential. A transmodern shift into a new paradigm and state of mind that enhances mainstream science to include consciousness and spirituality. Reconciling science with man’s spiritual essence for a better quality of life and problem solving, both for the individual and organisations. An open mind and a clear intent gives the opportunity to incorporate the intangible spiritual subtle energies in reshaping and enhancing an university campus environment (physical, digital, social). Such an intervention can be used to cure and also as a prevention by balancing and harmonising the subtle energies. Radionics: is a healing technique in which our natural extra sensory perception (ESP) faculties are used both to discover the energetic disturbance underlying illness and to encourage the return of a normal energetic field that supports health. It is independent of the distance between practitioner and patient. Dowsing: The ability to use a natural sensitivity which enable us to KNOW (by some means that we do not understand) things that we cannot know by the use of the day to day brain, by learning, by experience or by the five senses. (J. Scott-Elliot, 1975) If a place is treated we act as healers of the environment and that will include those within it, as people are part of the place. Healing places is similar as what a healer does for a human patient. Correcting the energy and harmonise the situation in a holistic approach. Seeing the environment as an eco-system consisting of 3 interconnected areas: Physical environment, Digital environment and the Social environment. The environment is a catalyst for human performance and therefore has a strategic impact on the core business of any organisation. But also on the health, well-being and consciousness of people, on a body, mind, heart and spirit level. Learn from every case and modify your ‘model’ accordingly. There is not only one right way. Tony Scofield MSc has a PhD in Animal Psychology from the University of Nottingham and worked for many years as a lecturer in the University of London. He has conducted research and published in a number of areas including physiology, homeopathy and healing. He developed an interest in dowsing for, and re-balancing of, land energies for which he designed ‘The Harmonizer’, now commercially available. Tony was chairman of the council of the Radionic Association (Established in 1943) and is editor of its journal. He edited the book Horizons in Radionics, energy medicine for the 21st century,.2003. (ISBN 0 9545786 0 0).
46:43
October 1, 2019
How to manage and measure adding value by FM & CREM - Per Anker Jensen
Our environment (physical, digital, social) is an integrated system. Approaching it in a holistic way creates (more) value. Prof. Dr. Per Anker Jensen MSc/MBA shares his viewpoints and learning how to manage and measure adding value with and through Facilities Management (FM) and Corporate Real Estate Management (CREM). FM and CREM have had a strong focus on controlling and reducing costs. In recent years there has been a shift towards putting more focus on how they can direct and indirect impact on value parameters of an organisation. Per Anker Jensen is a professor in Facilities Management at Denmark Technical University (DTU) and head of the externally funded Centre for Facilities Management – Realdania Research. He is currently project manager on a joint EuroFM research project on The Added Value of FM, which started January 2009. He is an author of many books and scientific publications. One of the latest books is ‘Facilities Management and Corporate Real Estate Management as Value Drivers’ (2017), co-edited with Theo van der Voordt. (ISBN 978-1-138-90718-8)
1:05:17
September 24, 2019
Improving University Rankings by Applying Spirituality - Reini Beverdam-Knaven
Reini Beverdam-Knaven is the guest of this episode of 'The “E” of real estate'.  She was for many years a schoolteacher; she became a businesswoman and a medical astrologer. Together with her husband Rob Knaven she owns the Training centre and Wellness hotel Felsengrund Alcyone in BAD SUDERODE, Germany. In this podcast we focus more on the holistic human aspect, the social environment. Is spirituality in business a must or a hype? Spirituality in general, is the physics we haven’t understood yet. Self-actualization and workplace spirituality lead to a holistic work-life balance. “Business spirituality is a model in which realism and idealism have a business interaction. Successful companies have both corporate expertise and corporate spirituality”. –Prof. Dr. Paul de Blot SJ How can humans function optimal in their outer environment and how their own inner environment is a key factor in that. A balanced and tuned learning environment (physical/digital/social) is an empowering learning and working space. It sparks curiosity in students. As above so below. As without so within. The macro cosmos mirrors the micro cosmos. Not Newtonian law based on cause and effect, but the new insights in Quantum Physics and Epigenetics. Our experiences of Inner and Outer environment are more based upon reflection and synchronicity. The outside mirrors the inside in us humans (sub conscious unconscious self). A Multi-disciplinary approach. “Architects are trained to take all kinds of different needs and requirements and design structures that will accommodate them all (lift human spirit, sensible efficient plan and economically feasible).” John Portman, Architect/ developer/ investor.
51:30
September 4, 2019
Attention for Soft Human Factors creates Hard Benefits - Wietske Eveleens
Guest of this episode of 'The “E” of real estate' is Wietske Eveleens MSc Industrial Design, CEO of Eveleens Workstyles & Eveleens DeWerkOntwerper. She shares her vision and insights about: The value of the difficult-to-measure human factor. The environment (physical, digital and social) is influencing how you think and feel. The human mind and body are not separate and distinct from their environment. How to assist individuals and organisations to adapt to 21e century working & learning competences and skills. How can the environment support this? Techno Optimism versus Techno stress. Merging of physical, digital and social environment, an interconnected and integrated system, to facilitate flexible working (place, time and device independent). The growing importance of (lifelong) learning. Approaching learning as part of the daily work task. Upgrading work/study by developing ideal work systems (structure) and workstyles (behaviour). Becoming the architect of your own work and learning environment, to create an empowering environment to thrive in. Places and systems that work instead of workplaces and work systems. To contribute to the core business of education and research plus to the health and well-being of students and staff. Websites of Wietske Eveleens: Workstyles https://workstyles.nl/ DeWerkOntwerper (in Dutch) https://dewerkontwerper.nl/ (in Dutch) The "E" of real estate podcast is about user experience on university campuses will help you to create a positive impact by raising awareness and providing best practice examples about rethinking the learning environment to maximize human potential. A kind of GPS, to tell you where you are on the way to your desired targets. A GPS with objective measurable coordinates of: Effectiveness, Efficiency, Ease of use, Engagement, and Experience of users. All in an Evidence based way. That is the deeper meaning of the "E" in the name of this podcast: The "E" of Real Estate'. REAL ESTATE and the (real) STATE of Humans. The interaction between the state of the building and of the people using the building. Subscribe for a 15 minutes exchange and intake at no cost and no obligation, to get new perspectives on how to create (more) added value with the learning environment. The "E" of real estate
54:29
August 24, 2019
Guiding Design Principles Learning Environment - James Boekbinder
Exploring the big picture of a learning environment as an integrated system of physical, digital and social environments. Breaking it down to small low risk actionable steps for improvement. An interview with James Boekbinder, expert in User Behaviour & Interaction Design.  He is an advocate that the shape of a successful product is hiding inside human behaviour. James advices organisations preparing for innovation of their product and service systems. Besides being an self employed consultant, he teaches about these subjects at a couple of universities for about 12 years now. Experiencing himself how it feels to work in an (sub)optimal learning environment. He shares with us his professional insights. As could be expected the main area of improvement is in the social domain of human behaviour. About ambitions, politics, willingness to change, leadership in balancing quality of education and financial constrains. James gives us an insider view behind the curtains of the daily reality at an university. He translates this into guiding design principles that can strengthen the learning environment. Some of the take aways: - Find the initiatives/programs that work and enhance them. - Find the hacks that people created to make the system work for them, and adjust the bugs in the system. -Start low risk prototyping projects to improve the system and test if they add value. This creates evidence to go to the next level. - Less is more. Focus on removing not optimal working components of the learning environment, rather than adding more. Monitor the effects on education, research and health and well-being of students and staff. The "E" of real estate podcast is about user experience on university campuses will help you to create a positive impact by raising awareness and providing best practice examples about rethinking the learning environment to maximize human potential. A kind of GPS, to tell you where you are on the way to your desired targets. A GPS with objective measurable coordinates of: Effectiveness, Efficiency, Ease of use, Engagement, and Experience of users. All in an Evidence based way. That is the deeper meaning of the "E" in the name of this podcast: The "E" of Real Estate'. REAL ESTATE and the (real) STATE of Humans. The interaction between the state of the building and of the people using the building. Subscribe for a 15 minutes exchange and intake at no cost and no obligation, to get new perspectives on how to create (more) added value with the learning environment. The "E" of real estate
1:07:35
August 10, 2019
How VGZ Health Insurance thrives by an integral facilitated work environment - Richard Helmus
This episode (in Dutch) addresses the potential of an integral facilitated work environment to make an organisation and the employees thrive. Richard Helmus, Real Estate & Facility Manager (per 01-09-2019 Expert/Product owner RE&FM) at Health Insurance organisation Cooperation VGZ (Arnhem, The Netherlands), shares insights how they use the work environment (Physical, Digitaal, Social) as a tool to be not only the healthiest employer of the Netherlands but also as tool to support their core business. The "E" of real estate podcast is about user experience on university campuses will help you to create a positive impact by raising awareness and providing best practice examples about rethinking the learning environment to maximize human potential. A kind of GPS, to tell you where you are on the way to your desired targets. A GPS with objective measurable coordinates of: Effectiveness, Efficiency, Ease of use, Engagement, and Experience of users. All in an Evidence based way. That is the deeper meaning of the "E" in the name of this podcast: The "E" of Real Estate'. REAL ESTATE and the (real) STATE of Humans. The interaction between the state of the building and of the people using the building. Subscribe for a 15 minutes exchange and intake at no cost and no obligation, to get new perspectives on how to create (more) added value with the learning environment. The "E" of real estate
59:04
August 8, 2019
Understanding educational process and user behaviour are key - Niels de Vries
Learning environments for minus 9 months to 20 years of age. In this episode 002 of The E of real estate, we had Niels de Vries as our guest. A school building and the area around it have an impact on students and staff using the building. I explored Niels's perspective on how an educational environment can be used as a management tool to enhance not only organisational goals but also user experience. Niels is a real estate advisor for over 25 years. He was a course leader and trainer for a successful real estate management course that lasted for 7 years. Niels specialised in the management of school buildings. How they can contribute to organisational targets. At the moment he is Policy advisor for educational buildings for a municipality in the Netherlands. For more information: http://bit.ly/TheEofRealEstate
51:00
July 25, 2019
Introduction to The "E" of real estate podcast - René Stevens
Welcome to this first episode: The introduction of User experience on university campuses of my new podcast: The "E" of real estate. The purpose of this podcast is to create a positive impact through raising awareness and providing best practice examples about rethinking university campuses to maximize human potential. REAL ESTATE and the REAL STATE of HUMANS. I will talk with experts to explore new perspectives and their practical implementation on cutting-edge topics. What gets measured and managed gets done! How can a campus inspire and motivate people? How can it support the educational process to an even higher degree? How can a university campus stay adaptive over time? I’m doing this for Facilities and Real Estate managers of university campuses. Who focus, besides functional and technical aspects also on the experiences of students and employees. I will elaborate on how the learning environment can be used as a management tool. A tool to support achieving strategic goals and for the well-being of people. And first steps towards realization that are practical and at low risk. One of the main questions that will be addressed is: How to measure quality/performance of a campus in a SMART way? A GPS with coordinates of Effectiveness, Efficiency, Ease to use and also of Engagement and Experience of users of the building. All based on Evidence. Finding solutions by integrating best practices and give new perspectives. By doing so create enriched insights about possibilities with a campus environment. - To raise awareness about the opportunities to add more value with the learning environment than just providing space with the right inner climate. By doing so creating stepping stones for facility and real estate managers to build further on. - To create more effective learning environments with a higher degree of satisfaction of students and staff. - To contribute to better education and research for helping to solve the major issues we people and the planet Earth are facing now. It is time for action to create the future we want. More information: http://bit.ly/TheEofRealEstate
08:47
July 13, 2019