Strategy matters. This summer marks the 13th year since Foresight set out to change the world. Of course, in so doing, the world changed us. With a staff reliant on regular paychecks, financial stability matters more than when we had a smaller crew. I’d like to think that becoming “established” has meant that we’ve become more intentional rather than more conservative.
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An engaging new article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review examines the unique role of the "plural sector" in our society, which falls between the public and private spheres and empowers community action. I appreciated the author's analysis of the role that each of these entities plays, and agree with his call for balance among them.
Thinking in Experiences
Events have changed me. It’s an obvious yet important observation to keep in mind as I design the curriculum for the two sustainability-related courses I’ll be teaching this summer to high school students from around the country. When I was 14, I remember returning from an eight-week backpacking and canoeing trip in Alaska with a shifted vision. That and subsequent trips taught me important lessons that inform me to this day.
Impact Engine, Chicago's accelerator program for startup social enterprises, begins accepting applications next week for its fourth class of entrepreneurs, and is celebrating with a launch party. In a sector that is known for its competitiveness, I'm impressed with Impact Engine's commitment to fostering collaboration among its participants, and look forward to seeing its portfolio grow.
Fictions We Live By
My accountant set me straight. Once upon a time, I had the notion that I was going to try and secure a job with a large company. When I shared this ambition during a meeting about my taxes, it provoked an immediate response: "But you’re not employable!” Seeing the look of confusion on my face, she explained, "You’ve been your own boss for too long.”
The Illinois Department of Transportation has launched a statewide listening tour about the future of our infrastructure, coming to Chicago next week, which will culminate in a package of recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly. This campaign could be the first step in large-scale innovations to our transportation system, and I hope that it will lead to meaningful, coordinated action.