Entries by Schmidt Associates

Dry Spells

Nature cranked up the heat and turned off the spigots this summer. Some of us experienced the drought personally, even profoundly, like farmers, nurserymen, and those who lay sod for a living. Others were less directly affected, but there was instruction for all. There’s nothing like a long dry spell, literally or figuratively, to make […]


It’s like seeing an Orca breach 50 yards off starboard, this sense of arrest that is apt to seize us at some point in the course of Olympic events. For a moment, the world stops as we witness the climax of a fellow human being’s real story of sustained striving for excellence. The event after […]

Featured Project: Hoosier Energy Operations Center

Schmidt Associates has been working with Hoosier Energy in Bloomington for approximately 18 months to create a well-defined, long-term plan that addresses their operational needs. The long range plan is focused on preserving the mission and vision of the organization, getting input from all impacted workforce, looking at upgrades to the facility to address current […]


The word ‘civilization’ draws predictable associations in most minds—Mayan, Greek, Egyptian—typically ancient—typically in less prestigious circumstances today than they once were. How does a people elevate their society to the level of civilization, and how do those gains slip away? Once a people reliably secures life’s sustenance and are sufficiently united to maintain relative peace […]

Bike to Workers

Some stats on the May 18, Bike to Work Day, from IndyCOG: Approximately 500-600 people attended the event downtown 744 bicyclists registered their commutes (529 was previous record from 2011) 142 were new or first-time commuters 395 commuters invited new riders with them (we’ll assume since the numbers don’t add up with the first-time -commuters […]

Free minds

The magnitude of information, misinformation, and disinformation that confronts an average citizen today is daunting. How does one sort, filter, and prioritize such quantities—let alone process the portion deemed worthy? Any foray into the information abyss can swallow unseemly stretches of time, often resulting in more questions than answers. And yet people find their way […]

Bike to Work Day

Friday, May 18 is National Bike to Work Day. So dust off that two-wheeler, get some exercise, and save the gas. The city and other organizations are sponsoring some organized activities. See the link below for details: http://www.theindycog.com/events/bike-to-work-day-2012.


Some ancient shepherd or goat herder is probably at fault, having first equated human and animal behavior. The act of following is not always the mindless mimicry of herd animals, however. It is often skillful—both essential and prerequisite to leadership. Language fails us here; there is no word in our vocabulary for skilled following. Yet […]

Urban Gardens

To celebrate Earth Day in 2012, Schmidt Associates’ workers started an urban garden located on the roof of the building. The garden is an expansion of the green roof area the office has had in place for the last seven years. For the urban garden, employees brought in their favorite fruits and vegetables to grow […]

Zero to 1,000

Legacies outstanding enough to capture our attention generally come from two kinds of people: those who have it good, and those who have it God. For the sake of our nation and those citizens that our culture must nourish for generations to come, let’s hope for more of both such kinds of people. Martin University—Indiana’s […]