This is the new TRB T2 Committee blog, which will replace the newsletter I usually send out several times a year. It will serve many of the same purposes – to inform the members and friends of the committee what TRB and the committee are doing, share news about members and friends, and share news of new T2 methods, technologies and best practices. Hopefully, it will also provoke some new thinking and allow members and friends to share their experiences doing technology transfer.
When preparing this (almost) first blog for the T2 Committee, I noticed that my first posting was in 2006. Then blogs weren’t as popular or sometimes as respected as they are now. There are now corporate, well funded, and even governmental blogs now, in addition to the same old blogs concerned with political rantings and pictures of people’s cats.
We have a great agenda for this year’s annual meeting - Monday, January 12, 2009, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Hilton, Caucus room. Co-chair Larry Orcutt will share his master’s degree paper on “Overcoming Roadblocks Facing the Implementation of Innovations: Three Case Studies at Caltrans.” We’ll also hear an update on the National Highway Institute technology transfer course, “Leap Not Creep: Accelerating Innovation Implementation,” from Kathleen Bergeron. And, we’ll discuss the committee’s future when Larry leads our session on strategic planning. And, there’s more! Several members and friends will share their “best practices” with us.
We’re also looking for some guest bloggers for this blog, so if you have a new idea, have used (successfully or not) a new technique, or just have something to get off your chest about technology transfer, let us know.
See you at TRB --- Lisa Haakon Pogue, co-chair