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A meeting to help us all make stone soup!

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Marc Petock, Vice President, Marketing, Lynxspring
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Please come to a meeting to help us all make stone soup in New York. I have just confirmed a room for our meeting with AHRExpo - The Connected Communities Collaboration meeting with various industry speakers will be Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 1:30 at

Room Location TBA

Help guide us to find the best recipe for stone soup for the industry, see John and Marc's comments below.

We also have started a Linkedin group to help shape the meeting.  Please provide your comments and suggestions as to what we need to talk about to get the recipe right.

 Welcome to your Online Connection Communities Collaboration
The first "Why we need to be part of several Connection Communities" education session on Tuesday, January 29, 2012, 2-3:30 PM NP&T Theater C AHRExpo Dallas on the exhibition floor was our best ever.

I promise a quiet room in NY for a follow up session. A special thanks to the industry leaders and their support of this event. I've committed to keeping the concept alive and will invite other connection communities to join us in New York at next year's event. I have set up a LinkedIn group so these communities can guide me in an ongoing virtual meeting until then.

For insight on the roots and direction of this group please read this and follow links to identified connection communities.

A Collection of Connection Communities

For a quick review of progress todate review the PDF of Dallas presentations

Why we need to be part of several Connection Communities - PDF
Ken Sinclair, Moderator with Various Industry Leaders
January 29th, from 2:00 - 3:30 pm.
Note Location Change - New Product & Technology Theater on Tuesday afternoon. Over the last several years organizations and groups have been extremely successful in connecting our industry with standards. The name “Connection Communities” has been attached to the purpose and function these organizations provide. I invite you to join us to learn about existing connection communities, and educate yourself to the advantage of being part of various communities.

Representatives from the traditional connection communities like BACnet, Lonmark, EnOcean, Niagara, etc., will each provide a 10 minute presentation with time for a few questions.

John Petze of SkyFoundry and Marc Petock of Lynxspring Comment on Connected Communities

Working together as a connected community reminds us of an old fable entitled,

The Story of Stone Soup. The Stone Soup story goes like this:

Once upon a time, somewhere in post-war Eastern Europe, there was a great famine in which people jealously hoarded whatever food they could find, hiding it even from their friends and neighbors. One day a wandering soldier came into a village and began asking questions as if he planned to stay for the night.

"There's not a bite to eat in the whole province," he was told. "Better keep moving on."

"Oh, I have everything I need," he said. "In fact, I was thinking of making some stone soup to share with all of you." He pulled an iron cauldron from his wagon, filled it with water, and built a fire under it. Then, with great ceremony, he drew an ordinary-looking stone from a velvet bag and dropped it into the water.

By now, hearing the rumor of food, most of the villagers had come to the square or watched from their windows. As the soldier sniffed the "broth" and licked his lips in anticipation, hunger began to overcome their skepticism.

"Ahh," the soldier said to himself rather loudly, "I do like a tasty stone soup. Of course, stone soup with cabbage -- that's hard to beat."

Soon a villager approached hesitantly, holding a cabbage he'd retrieved from its hiding place, and added it to the pot. "Capital!" cried the soldier. "You know, I once had stone soup with cabbage and a bit of salt beef as well, and it was fit for a king."

The village butcher managed to find some salt beef . . . and so it went, through potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, and so on, until there was indeed a delicious meal for all. The villagers offered the soldier a great deal of money for the magic stone, but he refused to sell and traveled on the next day.

The moral is that by working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good is achieved.

Our industry is moving toward the ability of companies and organizations to connect and work with each other as a connected community. Smart Buildings, Smart Devices, Smart Business have come together because of a connected community. Let’s keep marching forward.



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