Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Hey Housebloggers!

Want to meet others like you in "REAL TIME?" The Friends of Historic Preservation will be having their annual meeting on Sunday, January 20, 2008 in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. Iowa City at 1:00 PM.

Featured speakers will be owners Aaron and Jeannie Olson. Besides speaking about starting one of Money Magazine's best real estate websites of 2006 they will be sharing on "Your Internet Toolbox" regarding using web resources to restore and maintain your home.

Aaron Olson lives in Chicago, where he and his wife, Jeannie, have spent the past five years restoring a neglected 1914 stucco bungalow. They document their renovation at the blog, House in Progress. They also own and manage the website, where over 550 writers from around the world document the renovation, restoration or construction of their own homes. Professionally, Aaron has over 10 years experience consulting with organizations about change management, leadership development and professional education. He is an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University where he teaches about corporate learning and organizational change. Personally, he has a soft spot for old houses and new technology.

Jeannie Olson has been working on old houses for over 20 years but has only blogged about it for the past 4 years. She has also picked up a hammer to benefit not-for-profits such as Cabrini Alive, Habitat for Humanity International and Rebuilding Together. She is an unapologetic house voyeur and enthusiastic old house geek. You can often find her salvaging old house parts out of the alleys in Chicago. Together with her husband, Aaron, she helped to launch, an online community of home improvement enthusiasts who are seeking to document their efforts and help to educate others. She specializes in social media community management and interpreting user experience related to social media. She is also a consultant with 15+ years of experience in the fields of organizational change, adult learning and knowledge management. Prior to becoming a blogger, she led the Chicago User Research Lab for Scient Corporation and helped to launch the knowledge management practice at Hewitt.

This meeting is FREE and open to the public. Contact me at if you have questions.

No comments: