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INSIGHT: OWNING THE MOMENTS?

Peter Nicholson

Toward Transformation III: Conjured
The change is compelling. The first significant snowfall of the year enthralls me like none that follow. The contrast between what has been commonplace since spring, and the suddenly altered landscape triggers a psychological pleasure center. I live for these moments of transformation. My hybrid vocation as an entrepreneur, designer, and teacher is focused on catalyzing them, be they at the scale of an individual student, or complex urban system. You can’t force such inflections, but rather can only create, and sometimes wait for, the conditions that enable them to occur. Their inherently fleeting nature amplifies their potency. However, more incremental changes, which are less noticeable, yet more feasible, comprise the majority of my sustainability-related pursuits. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. This time of year, with various environments adorned by an endless diversity of decorations and lights, I’m reminded of not just our potential for the extraordinary, but also our capacity to allow it to capture our imaginations, and propel us forward.