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4619 N. Ravenswood Ave., Ste 305
Chicago, IL 60640


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.


Insights, inspiration and opportunities to create a more vibrant and resilient future.


Peter Nicholson

Outfitted for the Forefront
I never feel totally prepared. I’ve secured the fancy rain shell, down jacket and hiking shoes, and now sit contemplating how to fit all the gear in the suitcase, while simultaneously questioning whether I’m omitting something important. The older I get, the more packing induces anxiety. Perhaps I’m more aware of what can go wrong? I’ve traveled enough to know how to manage most barriers, including to northern Europe and places like Iceland, my two main destinations for this trip. Sometimes navigating unexpected challenges is what provides the richness of experience, and teaches us our capacity for resourcefulness and resilience. I learned many lessons during my first backpacking trip, to Alaska, when I was just 14. That said, the designer in me is always looking to minimize suffering, my own and others. Like a human swiss army knife, I want to have the right tool, or piece of clothing, for whatever may come up. I think this desire is what keeps me engaged and growing while working on sustainability-related challenges. They are, perhaps, the ultimate journey, inherently requiring a collective effort and delving deeply into the unknown. We’re creating the tools as we go along, responding to changing conditions and learning from experience, like we’ve always done.