The more I explore the concept of leadership, the more nuanced it becomes. I hope to dive into its many facets and elements over time in this weekly blog. For today, let’s celebrate what 14 current high school students came up with when asked: What does leadership even mean?Read More
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Oberlin Diaries 1*: Forging Adjacencies
I’m living on an island. Surrounded by fields instead of water, the small Ohio town of some 8000 residents to which I’ve temporarily relocated is still an island. It’s quiet, pastoral, isolated, and yet connected to the other islands, and eventually the Cleveland-area mainland, by causeways extending in several directions across the fertile moat.
Astute oversight is everything. Every member of the Foresight Design Initiative Board of Directors is a strategic addition to the larger whole. Most recently, David Leopold, Director of Project Management at the City Digital division of UI Labs signed on. Connecting with smart, enthusiastic, constructively critical colleagues has been essential to my professional development.
In a few days, I will have the honor of leading a passionate group of high schools students through a two-week change making seminar. One of the key lessons I hope to impart is the need for systems thinking when tackling society’s most complex challenges. To guide our discussion on systems thinking, we will turn to the iceberg model. What does the iceberg model even mean?Read More
June 14 is a special day in the history of computing: Charles Babbage proposed his difference engine to the Royal Astronomical Society in 1822, and UNIVAC 1 was dedicated for service to the US Census Bureau in 1951. While we probably take their importance for granted today, the development of these devices was indispensable to better understanding and managing complexity.
Urban Loops and Wonder
The streetlights go on. The coffeemaker percolates. Potable water flows from the tap. The toilet flushes. The city works. Through Foresight’s various projects, I’ve been fortunate to gain an insider's perspective on many of these urban systems.
Last week, Jenny shared some of the nicest words about our working relationship. I sincerely value Jenny for her innate sense of responsibility and eagerness to be a “genuine source of help.” The hidden key to an effective organization is a staff that can manage up. But what does that even mean?Read More
Lyndon is out of office this week, but as one of my cherished mentors I want to make sure she is not left out of this week's issue. What does Lyndon mean to me?Read More