I asked him on an impulse. Foresight's projects are full of complex challenges demanding as much strategic prowess as technical expertise. The best strategies, in my experience, result from a combination of intelligence and perspective. It can be difficult to have a sufficient vantage from which to clearly see the extent of the horizon when intensely immersed in an undertaking. Informed outsiders can be powerful agents. For the last year, Jonathan Boyer, principal with architecture and planning firm Farr Associates, has been Foresight’s official “Thought Leader Fellow.” I made up the role on-the-spot one day. At least once a month for the last year, Jonathan has astutely questioned, critiqued, and inspired the Foresight team on a variety of issues we’ve shared with him over morning coffee and muffins at our studio. I always looked forward to these smart, generative conversations because of the surprising direction they often traveled, and how they constructively challenged us. Thank you, Jonathan, for forging this new, essential role at Foresight, and for sharing your deep expertise so generously. We’ve become hooked, and are looking forward to both keeping in touch, and working with your incredibly capable successor, Suzanne Schnell as she brings a new outlook to bear.
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