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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.


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INSIGHT: This Way?

Peter Nicholson

Benefitting From Twists and Turns
Experience is crucial. That’s the lesson I’ve been sharing with the small group of college students I’ve been working with this month. I don’t know how else one learns to navigate the unexpected challenges of a new undertaking. As carefully as I might think through a project, some issues only surface in the doing. Innovating for greater sustainability has yet to develop a codified methodology, which is one of the reasons I’m drawn to it. Unexpected challenges are perhaps more the norm than they would be in a more established field. Progress often requires diverting from the initial path, although without losing sight of the goal. I don’t know how I would teach my young, fellow conspirators these lessons any way other than by doing something together. The value of a good internship should be greater insight and judgment, however challenging they may be to acquire.