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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: Where Did My Energy Go?

Peter Nicholson

The Third Time Around
The first summer was easy. Even the second time leading Foresight's high school sustainability program, I was still fueled by invigorating adrenaline. This year, the mystery is gone, along with its accompanying motivation. The undertaking has transitioned from an exciting adventure into the unknown to just work. I’m drawn to sustainability issues because of the novelty of engaging fresh challenges, many of which don’t have set solutions. I find such problems exciting and largely self-motivating, anything but dry and monotonous. I’m drawn to such pursuits in my personal and professional life. Teaching these last two weeks, however, has required tapping a different impulse to propel me through a series of 12-hour days. While I (really) miss the extended charge I experienced the last two summers, I think I’ll emerge in August better in touch with a deeper drive. I’m not completely sure what it is, nor do I particularly love it. But it's necessary, not just for getting through the rest of this program, but in other aspects of Foresight's work as well. This journey toward greater resilience and sustainability is neither a series of sprints, nor one long marathon, but a combination of both, however much I might only want to train for one or the other.