Foresight Prep Diary 2*
I should know better. I started writing this in my head last night while jogging, the only free time I’ve had. This educational program is designed to be a fun, yet intensive experience. To think that it should be any less consuming for me is foolhardy. And yet… As we approach the end of the two weeks, I’ve lost any initial tug-of-war between teaching and my other undertakings.
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Foresight Prep Diary 2*
This week has been an interesting one so far in the environmental policy world: although the Supreme Court blocked the EPA's plan to regulate toxic coal plant emissions, New York became the second state to ban fracking. While it is too soon to say what the impact of these decisions will be, for better or worse, I can't help but be optimistic that climate issues will remain at the center of our political discourse.
Foresight Prep Diary 1*
I’m two days behind. It wasn’t obvious at first, but since arriving here on Friday, it’s become clear. Despite valiant attempts to get ahead, I could use a solid, 48hr period to get caught up on work. What I’ve also realized in my current bucolic, academic setting, is that I’ve been behind for awhile. I’m not sure I would have it any other way.
In a recent interview, political economist Gar Alperovitz discussed the big ideas behind Evergreen Cooperatives, which has established three worker-owned, sustainability-focused businesses in Cleveland. I was inspired by his systemic understanding of socioeconomic and environmental problems, as well as his strategies for dealing with them.
Getting Over Myself
I was warned. Somewhere early in my career, someone pointed out that managing people would be one of the most difficult jobs I would have. Working on highly collaborative projects, there are plenty of relationships to navigate. I’ve learned that if there is a misunderstanding with a staff member or peer, the first person to question is myself. This behavior doesn't come naturally.
Let’s end the jolts. I’m finding myself in increasingly and prematurely over-air conditioned environments. From grocery stores to coffee shops to movie theaters, sweaters shouldn’t be necessary to endure these inverse summer extremes. An over-cooling arms race has begun.
This weekend marked the opening of the 606, an elevated trail built on an abandoned freight line that serves as a corridor between several parks. Spanning multiple neighborhoods on Chicago's near west side, the 606 is meant to bring together culture and nature, and I look forward to exploring it this summer.