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

INSIGHT: What Did You Miss?

Peter Nicholson

Singing the Unsung: Karen Weigert
Navigating bureaucracies requires fortitude. It’s not an activity to which I’m well suited. But I have an abiding respect for those who are. It can be a challenging, low-gratitude, high-impact vocation. Last week, my friend and former board member Karen Weigert announced her resignation as the City of Chicago’s Chief Sustainability Officer after 4.5 years in the role. Having managed a diversity of projects through the corridors of City Hall, she deserves our gratitude. 

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INSIGHT: Great Expectations?

Peter Nicholson

A More Comprehensive Growth
Experience is essential. I’ve been sharing this lesson with a group of college students who for the past month have been in residence at Foresight. The value of a good internship should be greater insight and judgment about the issues at hand, as well as about oneself. These lessons often catch younger folks off guard. Becoming an effective leader is about more than mastering a particular subject.

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INSIGHT: This Way?

Peter Nicholson

Benefitting From Twists and Turns
Experience is crucial. That’s the lesson I’ve been sharing with the small group of college students I’ve been working with this month. I don’t know how else one learns to navigate the unexpected challenges of a new undertaking. As carefully as I might think through a project, some issues only surface in the doing. Innovating for greater sustainability has yet to develop a codified methodology, which is one of the reasons I’m drawn to it. 

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INSIGHT: Am I Being Heard?

Peter Nicholson

Unintended Consequences
Teaching is a gamble. Circumstances recently brought me into contact with some students I taught several years ago. One is a high school English teacher, and another works in real estate. Both shared how they still use elements learned in our course in their work, such as systems thinking, design strategy and a triple bottom line perspective. This is how the world will shift. My influence as a “sustainability professional” is only as potent as my ability to inform, inflect and motivate others, especially those whose careers seem outside my immediate sphere of focus.

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