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We are a multidisciplinary innovation studio working with diverse partners to understand sustainability challenges and identify holistic, resilient solutions, and we are committed to training the next generation of leaders.


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

INSIGHT: So Now What?

Peter Nicholson

Island Diaries-Postscript: Find the Right Resolution
I tell stories. Returning from Caohagan Island wasn’t as surreal as I thought it might be. I’ve crossed enough culture chasms to know the drill. Only a small proportion of the full experience can ever be conveyed. Everyone to whom I show pictures and share anecdotes eventually asks the same question, What’s next?

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INSIGHT: What Do We Leave Behind?

Peter Nicholson

Island Diaries 5: Between Sea and Sky
We leave at night. Our friends use flashlights to wave goodbye as our boat slowly pulls away from Caohagan, the small Filipino island that has been our home for the last two weeks. There is a stack of small letters tucked away in my daypack. Each was individually composed and delivered by the children-sometimes rambunctiously, sometimes shyly-during our last frisbee session on the beach earlier this afternoon.

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RADAR: Broccoli or Cheeseburger?

Peter Toth

Though successful viral campaigns appear to have an almost magical quality, experts have found that there are a number of key factors that can affect the contagiousness of a message. Many important issues are seemingly trapped under the radar, and my takeaway from this insight is that we need to find ways to make our stories more palatable and digestible.

INSIGHT: The Necessity of Hair Gel?

Peter Nicholson

Island Diaries 3: Setting Free Our Stuff
I worry. I created my To Bring list with a mild sense of panic, concerned about what I might require during my two-week stay far from any retail outlets. Sunglasses, hair gel, hand lotion, and extra batteries all made their way into my suitcase, never to be used. Dwelling in an isolated, simpler environment quickly and starkly highlights the constant sense of need with which we live on our overdeveloped mainland.

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