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INSIGHT: With Whom Will We Work?

Peter Nicholson

Realizing Collective Potential
Innovation begins at home. But it can't stop there. A fellow sustainability organization recently invited me to contribute to their strategic planning process. Not one of their questions referenced collaboration. The future success of entities of any size will require aligning one's expertise and resources with those of others. The magnitude of challenges before us demand nothing less. Little that Foresight has accomplished has happened any other way. That said, sometimes working together seems to be encouraged for its own sake, divorced from the ends to which it is the means. Foresight has had its collaboration failures. Effective partnerships require prerequisites we often don't have the mechanisms to develop, a well-defined common cause among them. The creation of a diverse, well-coordinated effort among sectors pursuing bigger, better and more expedient sustainability-focused change would establish Chicago as a leader. However, multiple barriers exist, including competition for funding, personality conflicts, and differing visions of success. Our collective hunger for change is not yet at a level to compel a significant evolution, although there are some promising signs. I don't know how it will happen, but I do know that the only way we will realize our full potential for a more vibrant and resilient future is by more closely working together.