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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: Why Are You Moving?

Peter Nicholson

Enduring Discontinuity
I freeze. My yoga instructor barks two contradictory statements. The first points out some general fault that everyone is committing; the second berates us for immediately trying to correct it. Learning to endure a misalignment is one of the most difficult aspects of this class. I am a problem-solving-loving professional. I became a designer to fix the discontinuities I saw everywhere. Becoming a better practitioner, however, has required learning to more deeply understand challenges before conjuring solutions. A quick adjustment in a yoga pose often just relocates the misalignment to a different part of the body. Over time, I chase the issue, never identifying and addressing the deeper systemic dysfunction. Selling this type of understanding to clients can be challenging. Experts in their field, they know the barriers and, like me, are eager to resolve them. The question is how long we will chase a tension in our shoulder when the source of tightness is actually somewhere else, and less accessible? Identifying that root cause, however, requires the excruciating work of contradicting a seemingly innate impulse, pausing our instinct to fix, and striving to more deeply understand what’s going on.