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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: Unraveling?

Peter Nicholson

Signal v. Noise
These “essays" don’t start short. Crafting them often requires untangling several initially mashed up thoughts into a comprehensible strand. Lately, distracted by the gestures of the new administration, while trying to advance projects involving some complicated systems, I’ve found it difficult to maintain clarity. The pursuit of sustainability is embedded in an evolving jumble of elements and influences. Foresight is often asked to assist stakeholders with unpacking and making sense of them. Each week I sit down to write, the blank screen presents a fresh hurdle. I do it to myself, of course, with self-imposed length and frequency constraints that invoke weekly consternations. To me, the value is in the process, not the product. The weekly discipline pays dividends in various areas, including the ability to distill other complexities to isolate threads of import and meaning, a practice that is becoming increasingly challenging.