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

INSIGHT: Tis the Season?

Peter Nicholson

Placing Bets, Forging Futures
I’ve lost track. Over the last two days I’ve received a plethora of year-end donation requests. Most of my contributions are given more out of emotional impulse than strategic consideration. I feel good about them, but the modest amounts will need to be pooled with others to achieve any influence.

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INSIGHT: How Do You (Re)Define Success?

Peter Nicholson

Sustainable Me
Stopping is difficult. The holidays generate two competing forces for me: the race to finish a perpetual list of work, the other to slow down and savor the pivotal season. Vacations don’t come easily for me, either psychologically or logistically. Anyone who is growing an enterprise, not to mention trying to birth an emerging professional discipline, knows that leaving the cockpit, even for a short period, can take focused determination.

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INSIGHT: Savoring the Present?

Peter Nicholson

Inflecting Forward
Fulfillment isn’t the point. The deliciousness of the holidays comes from anticipation. Unsatisfied desire is what makes us tick, whether the yearning is for a gift, person, or perfectly sustainable city. “I love the world as it is now,” my friend recently declared, in response to my compulsive habit to constantly reimagine. The sentiment wasn’t lost on me.

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RADAR: What Makes Leaders Great?

Peter Toth

Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2014

Stanford Social Innovation Review, Winter 2014

Humanity's biggest problems are so complex and entrenched that it often seems like superhuman qualities are required to overcome them. After reading this new article on systems leadership, I realize that while the heroes of yesterday and today are certainly exceptional, there are tools and capabilities that can help us to emulate their most transformative efforts.