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

INSIGHT: Socrates Said What?

Peter Nicholson

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.

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INSIGHT: The Award Goes To...?

Peter Nicholson

Living Success
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

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RESOURCE: Guide to Responsible Tidying

Peter Nicholson

Books:
Open Books
Two locations; a nonprofit used book vendor supporting literacy programs; also takes CDs!
Uncharted Books 
A great used bookstore in Logan Square; purchases volumes in good condition during certain hours only.
Chicago Books to Women in Prison
Fulfills incarcerated women's direct requests for reading material; check website for some of their specific donation needs. 

Resale Store:
Brown Elephant
Three locations; proceeds support Howard Brown Health.

Computer & Household Chemicals:
City of Chicago Goose Island Recycling Center (1150 North Branch Street) 

Sheets/towels:
47th Ward Alderman’s Office
As a public service, collects and donates them to local animal shelters.

Random stuff:
Craigslist (Free Stuff section)
Assuming you don't want to sell it, items can be posted under the “free” link in the “for sale” section. I’ve used it to quickly recycle everything from moving boxes to filing cabinets and usually had multiple responses willing to come to me within minutes.

Chicago Freecycle Network 
The names says it all. I haven’t personally used this resource but one of my reader’s suggested it.

Want more information, or still don’t know where to turn?

City of Chicago Recycling Information
All the basics about the City's recycling policies and services, whether residential or commercial.
What exactly is accepted in Chicago’s Blue Carts? (Not #6 plastics!) Here’s the list.

Earth 911
One of North America’s most extensive recycling databases. Easily searchable by material and zip code.

Chicago Recycling Coalition
Advocates for more robust recycling, the organization’s website has local recycling news and some resources.
 

INSIGHT: The Next Step?

Peter Nicholson

Staging Success
I’m still not there. My tidying exercise that began over Labor Day continues. Organizing the last 10% of stuff is the most difficult. Last weekend, I scattered several piles around the living room and then stopped, overwhelmed. Viewing it all at once was paralyzing.

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INSIGHT: Lighting an Elated Fire?

Peter Nicholson

Forget the census. Every ten years, we should be required to spend as much time as it takes to touch and consider everything we own. I know more people who have read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up than have attempted to implement it. Until last Saturday, I was one of them. 

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OPPORTUNITY: Discover the Human Side of Energy on September 27!

Jenny Goldsmith

Foresight is excited to be collaborating with ISEIF to plan their 2016 Surge Summit, a conference focused on the human side of the smart grid. It will take place in downtown Chicago on September 27, and will be attended by guests from the nonprofit, utility, and technology sectors. Our forward-looking speakers will highlight the latest best practices for engaging diverse audiences with new energy offerings. You can learn more and register at surgesummit.org. For any further questions, please contact Peter Toth at petert@foresightdesign.org.

RADAR: Sowing a New Parable

Jenny Goldsmith

Last week California lawmakers passed SB 32 which, following Governor Brown's signature of approval, will mandate the state's greenhouse gas emissions be lowered 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. The new bill expands upon California's existing target of reaching 1990 emissions levels by 2020, which the state is on track to hit even as their population and economy continue to grow. It will be interesting to watch and learn from the strategies the state will employ to achieve its impressive goal.