contact us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right.

4619 N. Ravenswood Ave., Ste 305
Chicago, IL 60640
USA

773.271.1990

We are a multidisciplinary innovation studio working with diverse partners to understand sustainability challenges and identify holistic, resilient solutions, and we are committed to training the next generation of leaders.

Blog

Insights, inspiration and opportunities to create a more vibrant and resilient future.

This Week in History

Peter Toth

The League of Women Voters formed in Chicago on February 14, 1920, six months before the 19th Amendment legalized women’s suffrage. While it began as an effort to “help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters,” the League quickly began to advocate on a number of other important issues, ranging from voting rights to environmental protection.

The Nature of Resilience?

Peter Nicholson

Blown Apart
Sustainability crosses over. The intersection of the personal and the professional has been the focus of this column from the start. Last week, they collided in an unexpected way: a young family friend’s suicide coinciding with the end of a project exploring student mental health issues on a college campus like the one he would have attended in the fall. It’s not just T’s death that has jarred me, but also witnessing the repercussions for his friends and family, including mine.

Read More

What does "Day Zero" even mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

Like an unexpected slap in the face, news from Cape Town, South Africa about its severe water crisis both shocks and stings. In a few short months, the day will come when this major global city will have zero drinking water. But what does “Day Zero” really even mean? The Chicago Council on Global Affairs breaks it down for us this week. Click here to read their explainer.

Evolving Better?

Peter Nicholson

Along The Way
There are parallel realities. A single event can shift us from one to another, from denial to truth, ignorance to insight, normalcy to mourning. I am waiting for us to flip into the deeper authenticity of climate change from this surface lie in which we’re so immersed. The suicide of the 18yo son of close family friends last weekend has jarred me from my everyday existence into a pervasively grey mind space. With climate change, all kinds of indicators are highlighting that something isn’t right. But the truth has yet to become inconvenient enough to pursue the level of innovation required to adequately address it.

Read More

What does the global risk report even mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

At the World Economic Forum’s annual convening, the business member releases The Global Risk Report which identifies the most important risks and trends in shaping global development in the next 10 years. For the last 10 years, I have been fascinated to learn of the world’s 1,000 leading companies’ perspective on emerging threats to our global economy. Truthfully, I have been curious to watch the threat of climate change rise on their list—which originally popped up in their top five in 2011. But what does The Global Risk Report even mean?

Read More

State of the Union?

Peter Nicholson

The Reorganization of Intent
I'm constantly on edge. It’s a subtle anxiety. Foresight has navigated many challenges in its 15 years of existence. We’re as effective and empowered an entity as we’ve ever been. I’m not cocky enough, however, to take success for granted. Every new undertaking (and we’ve had several lately) is a fresh challenge requiring a balance between ego and humility. When that dynamic gets skewed one way or another, the organization will be in trouble.

Read More

What does transformational collaboration even mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

Through our project work and research, Foresight has been studying and practicing the mechanics of cross-sector collaboration for years now. Collaboration is by no means a novel concept, but working together on complex challenges requires new approaches, structures, and measures of success. Now is the time to ask, what does transformational collaboration even mean?

Read More