Expediency vs Perfection
Resisting fear is difficult. Several of Foresight's recent projects have involved facilitating a diverse group, working under a tight deadline, on an ambitious goal. Having a trusted methodology to achieve the outcome is crucial. Knowing when to compromise process for deadline has required a mix of intuitive and intellectual judgement.
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Expediency vs Perfection
We take the future for granted. As my income has increased, I’ve been striving to support more enterprises whose output I value. Having worked in various parts of the nonprofit sector, I know the importance of the regular monthly donation, or annual season subscription to an organization’s stability. There are experiences and services that are just as worth paying for as nice homes, clothes, and furniture, whether it be an engaging public television show, dynamic dance performance, or deftly constructed news article.
A new public-private initiative called the Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP) has launched a portal to visualize geographic data on various climate change impacts, including projected droughts, rainfall, and hot days. Though it's still in the beta stage, the interactive map has the potential to be a useful tool for understanding how these impacts will affect our environment.
Holding on to the vision reveals the path, and there’s no need to judge the vision by whether the path is apparent.
Donella Meadows (1994)
I’m bracing myself. For the next two days I’m attending a conference on the economic implications of climate change. My enthusiasm for such gatherings has waned. There is a profound difference between espousing and holding a vision. Too often sustainability events are dominated by professional thinkers more concerned with the former.Read More
The finalists have been announced for the 5th Annual BOOST funding night on November 16, a live, crowd-funded pitch fest for promising sustainability startups. As a member of the Delta Emerging Leaders, the group organizing the event, I'm looking forward to meeting these entrepreneurs and hearing them present their ideas. You can too: early bird tickets are available until October 1!
Provoking Questions (Part III)*
I’m currently eyebrow deep in several challenging but rewarding, sustainability-focused consulting projects. Generating the best approach for these undertakings really depends on conjuring the right question, and at the right time! Herewith, the third in the series of my regular standbys.
A fascinating New York Times article from last week poses an interesting question: Is it possible to tap into teenage rebelliousness as a source for social good? The strategies outlined in the article hold important lessons for efforts like Foresight Prep @ Oberlin, which is designed to empower the next generation to tackle our most pressing challenges.
The plain fact is that the planet does not need more “successful” people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane. And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it. -David Orr, Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World