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

INSIGHT: History's Trajectory?

Peter Nicholson

Forward and Back
I didn’t get it. When my great grandfather, then in his 90s, would visit, we would take him to construction sites so he could observe whether or not anyone was working. As if at church, we would sit in silence. Ever the impatient young companion, I would try to find ways to assuage my near instantaneous boredom. I didn’t know what he, a carpenter by profession, found so captivating. Sometimes it was difficult for me to...

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INSIGHT: Visible Revolutions?

Peter Nicholson

Cuba Diaries I: Revealed
Cuba changed me. I visited last week, wanting to experience it while its remarkable fissures between old and new are still so visible, and on so many levels. History and necessity have forged an ethos of resilience and sustainability that were apparent in both attitudes and practices, although...

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RADAR: "The Challenges of Diversity in Sustainability Leadership"

Jenny Goldsmith

I was excited to find this GreenBiz article (https://www.greenbiz.com/node/106582), which discusses tangible strategies for environmental non-profits to increase and support diversity at all levels of their organization. At Foresight Prep we prioritize recruiting a diverse cohort of high school students each year, and as I watch our talented alumni grow into young professionals, I am thrilled to see more organizations gearing up to welcome them into our sector. 

INSIGHT: From Inertia to Progress?

Peter Nicholson

View From a Ledge
Relationships change. I remember how in college, a close friend one semester could quickly become a casual acquaintance the next. Connections evolve as we grow, or should. Sometimes the choice to redefine is ours, other times not. Sometimes it happens gradually and organically, other times jarringly and unexpectedly. The new year inspires me to take stock of personal, professional and political evolutions and their potential implications. What do I need to redefine, shift?

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INSIGHT: What now?

Peter Nicholson

Ten Admonitions to Myself for 2017
In no particular order and for no particular reason, except that I can always use the reminders. All the best for the coming year!

1. Resist knee jerk impulses, because they rarely lead to adequate, productive solutions.
2. Understand systems by taking the time to comprehend the context in which an issue exists, in order to identify the best ways to approach it.

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INSIGHT: Up and Away?

Peter Nicholson

Alt Perspective

Alternatives emerge after takeoff. The evolution begins on the way to the airport. The urgency of a hundred details begins to fade. Despite my best intentions, some tasks just won’t get done. Being an executive director requires a split perspective, concurrently focusing on the long- and short-term.

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INSIGHT: Alarm Will Sound

Peter Nicholson

Overcoming

Sometimes, I just sit and contemplate. Faced with a blank screen and blinking cursor, I rummage for that kernel of thought-feeling with sufficient urgency to generate a paragraph of reflection-insight. At some point, I reach a tipping point of either thinking or frustration and start writing.

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INSIGHT: Intractable?

Peter Nicholson

The Best Intentions
I made a token gesture. The homeless man had asked me for change in a coffee shop. Rather than give him cash, I bought him a breakfast sandwich and slice of cake. I thought he might enjoy some sustenance and then, satisfied, leave. He didn’t, but rather...

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