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

INSIGHT: Intractable?

Peter Nicholson

The Best Intentions
I made a token gesture. The homeless man had asked me for change in a coffee shop. Rather than give him cash, I bought him a breakfast sandwich and slice of cake. I thought he might enjoy some sustenance and then, satisfied, leave. He didn’t, but rather...

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RADAR: Keeping Communities above Water

Peter Toth

Last week, I attended a roundtable hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), where experts talked about their efforts to address urban flooding through community engagement, application of new stormwater models, and collaboration with other entities. My main takeaway was that communities most need capacity and funding to tackle this chronic issue, both of which MPC is seeking to provide with two new tools.

INSIGHT: Speak My Language?

Peter Nicholson

Designing Collaboration

Alignment doesn’t come easily. Foresight recently helped a diverse group of very smart and knowledgeable partners achieve a common vision around a multifaceted innovation challenge. We’ve done this before, but over a matter of months, not the 7 weeks this undertaking required. After all the listening, assimilating, questioning, editing, and reflecting back what we heard, what emerged was...

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INSIGHT: The Depths of Discontent?

Peter Nicholson

Conjuring Resilience
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Who Wouldn't Want to Play?

Peter Nicholson

Betraying Comfort Zones

Change becomes personal. Foresight's most valuable asset is trusted relationships. They assuage the fear of risk that accompanies trying something new. They are the lubrication that facilitates innovation. Trust, however, requires...

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RADAR: Lessons from Back Home

Peter Toth

I was proud to read a recent Fast Company article about efforts to make government services more user-friendly in my hometown of Gainesville, Florida. After conducting user research with support from IDEO, they developed innovations like a "Department of Doing" to guide residents through government processes. It's an inspiring story, and one that I will keep an eye on.

RADAR: No Taxation without Collaboration

Peter Toth

If there's one thing that I've learned from projects that depend on collaboration between organizations, it's that the process of getting and balancing input can be just as important as the outcome itself. This recent article from Vox, about a carbon tax initiative in Washington state, is an illustrative example of why strategic and deliberate collaboration is necessary to tackle complex issues.