contact us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right.

4518 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
USA

773.271.1990

We are a multidisciplinary innovation studio working with diverse partners to understand sustainability challenges and identify holistic, resilient solutions, and we are committed to training the next generation of leaders.

Blog

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

INSIGHT: Will This Change You?

Peter Nicholson

All Sound and No Fury
I’m binging lately. I’ve participated in two conferences recently, and have two more to go. In 1998, I attended one of the best convenings I have ever experienced. It was pivotal for propelling me toward undertaking more sustainable innovation projects. I keep hoping to find one as good.

Read More

INSIGHT: What Do You Really Think?

Peter Nicholson

Progress and the Fear of Criticism
I was hoping for more. A recent survey of area sustainability-related blogs, particularly those that offer some type of analysis, criticism or reflection, turned up few. Of what exists, most are announcement focused. Critical analysis of sustainability related initiatives doesn't occur in a public sphere. 

Read More

INSIGHT: What Can You See From Here?

Peter Nicholson

Sleeping With Volcanoes
Everyone should watch this video. It brilliantly and hilariously contextualizes our efforts to “save the planet.” Last week, I trekked around two dormant volcanoes, one near Santa Fe, and the other Seattle. Physically dramatic, they are even more awesome when considering their historical impact.

Read More

INSIGHT: Part II: The Promise of Youth?

Peter Nicholson

The Revelation Equation
He looked concerned. More accustomed to addressing high-level leaders, my prominent environmentalist friend wasn't sure how to address a class of teenagers. "How much should I tell them?," he asked, taking me aside a few minutes before his presentation. His sincere, almost pained concern caught me off guard. 

Read More

INSIGHT: Part I: How to Temper the Future?

Peter Nicholson

Crashing the Party with Constraints
I lit a fire. It was simple: ask a group of teenagers gathered from across the country to design an "iPhone 8." The previously subdued group exploded, with rapid-fire ideas quickly filling the classroom's white board. Being given free reign to envision one's future can be a blast.

Read More

INSIGHT: What if I Didn't Know?

Peter Nicholson

Envy for the Unexamined World
I checked out. Earlier this month, for a few days at least, I was able to take a break...from caring. Though a short vacation, the diversion nonetheless provided the opportunity to suspend focusing on the various challenges (e.g. water, energy, climate change) that occupy most of my days. My work is predicated on fixing, in some (minor) way, a broken world.

Read More