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


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.


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

INSIGHT: Tis the Season?

Peter Nicholson

Placing Bets, Forging Futures
I’ve lost track. Over the last two days I’ve received a plethora of year-end donation requests. Most of my contributions are given more out of emotional impulse than strategic consideration. I feel good about them, but the modest amounts will need to be pooled with others to achieve any influence. Currently, our primary charitably-funded undertaking is "Foresight Prep,” our summer high school sustainability and leadership program with a strong diversity emphasis. Our low- and middle-income students, which comprise a majority of the participants, can only attend through the generosity of others. Launching the two-week seminar last summer was a well-considered decision: what can a small organization do to begin to address large and urgent sustainability issues such as climate change? Empowering and equipping a diverse group of future leaders will potentially pay dividends far beyond most other projects we could undertake. Inflect the trajectory of these promising kids now, and their aggregated future influence can be enormous. I’ve already started to see it happen. And, if nothing else, the teens are fun, endearing and amazing reminders that a more vibrant and resilient future is feasible. Head and heart working in sync can move mountains and, in fact, may be the only thing that will.