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INSIGHT: The Power of 1?

Peter Nicholson

Foresight Prep Diary 5*: Daunted/Undaunted
"I’m just one teenager.” My smart, well-informed student was flummoxed. Overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem, he hit the same wall we all do. I paused for a moment before responding, taking in his pained expression. “It’s never going to be any different,” I responded. “Whether a teenager, college student or adult, you’re always going to just be one person being confronted by challenges way bigger than you. Make friends, identify allies, build an army.” As I've become older, more experienced, and more privileged, it has becomes easier to believe I have more agency than I do, that collaboration isn’t required. Increasingly, my work is focused on organizing and aligning the necessary coalition to inflect change, rather than directly doing it. Even in this, I rarely go it alone. If we’re going to climb Ray Anderson’s “Mt Sustainability,” we need to learn to rope ourselves together, navigate the slacks and tensions and, perhaps most importantly, resist the urge to constantly look up, lest the magnitude of the challenge diminish our collective resolve.