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INSIGHT: What's That Sound?

Peter Nicholson

Dialogue With Mountains III
The rumble was disconcerting. It began just as we arrived at the peak-encircled lake. I gazed at the steep cliffs, wanting to connect the sound with the sight of rocks tumbling, but saw nothing. It stopped. We walked on, pleased with what seemed to us like rare evidence of the inherent instability of the snow-highlighted, static-seeming landscape. Over lunch last week, I tried to answer a question from a former staff member who recently returned from two years abroad: “So what’s new?” It took a minute to conjure an answer, one that ended up consisting primarily of inconsequential changes. An innovation agency, Foresight exists to transform. As much as we’d like to witness the evolution, we can’t always do so, or even know with certainty that our efforts were directly responsible. This is a faith game in so many ways, which can be challenging. I’ve had to learn to love and trust the process, and not posit ultimate satisfaction in creating a lineage of tangibles. At our best, we are strategic inflectors, attempting to leverage the right shift to initiate or accelerate a landslide toward a more vibrant future, whether or not we will ever see it, or know that it happened because of us.