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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: The Appropriate Response?

Peter Nicholson

The Demands of Instability
Things will go wrong. Preparing for a summer program involving teenagers is as much about being fortified for when plans go astray as it is insuring they work right. With the last group of students having departed, I’m recalibrating my heightened state of readiness. Our students tended to be able to easily adjust to unforeseen events, whether minor or more significant. The community they formed over the course of their two-week seminars was both a source of occasional tensions as well as significant support. “Resilience” has become a buzzword in the sustainability sector, an acknowledgement that forces beyond our control will inflect events, as if it has ever been any other way. What’s different, of course, is how we are implicated in causing these increasingly global threats. Facing "a long emergency,” as environmentalist David Orr refers to climate change, requires an unprecedented response. Through events this summer, I’ve realized that this begins with personal awareness, trusted relationships, deeper understanding, and a more profound appreciation of what you can and cannot control.