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Insights, inspiration and opportunities to create a more vibrant and resilient future.

INSIGHT: Course Corrections?

Peter Nicholson

Foresight Prep Diary 6*: Knowing When To Step In . . . and Out
My way is the best way. Too often bosses aspire to be more essential, rather than less. If my staff is empowered and capable, I should be largely irrelevant. Sustainability professionals who relish becoming indispensable, as I’ve often observed, will get us nowhere in the long run. Nor will butting in and prematurely solving problems.

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RADAR: Pledge for the Planet

Peter Toth

On Monday, 13 of the country's largest companies signed on for the launch of the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, a White House initiative intended to spur the private sector towards ambitious goals on carbon reduction and resource management. I'm pleased to see that these businesses are embracing their leading role, and am optimistic that their influence will compel others to do the same. 

INSIGHT: The Power of 1?

Peter Nicholson

Foresight Prep Diary 5*: Daunted/Undaunted
"I’m just one teenager.” My smart, well-informed student was flummoxed. Overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem, he hit the same wall we all do. I paused for a moment before responding, taking in his pained expression. “It’s never going to be any different,” I responded. 

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INSIGHT: Fleeing Versus Enduring?

Peter Nicholson

Foresight Prep Diary 4*: Resiliency Lessons
I wanted to go home. I first learned about personal resilience in Alaska. I was 14 and had never been backpacking. After six days of an 8 week trip, I was miserable. By the end, however, I had acquired the ability to excel in the sometimes difficult conditions. Resiliency is a quickly emerging sustainability focus, but few address it on a personal level.

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RADAR: Networks of Stewardship

Peter Toth

Though Pope Francis's recent encyclical on climate change has gotten well-deserved attention, grassroots faith-based coalitions have also taken a leading role on this issue across the region, including Illinois' own Faith in Place. I'm impressed by the diversity of these networks, and by their mobilization in the face of challenges that affect not only their communities, but also the world at large.