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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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Infinite Potentials?

Peter Nicholson

8 Years: Part II
Every tone provides possibilities. There are two kinds of classical musician: those that are placated by well-constructed performances, and those that are never satisfied, but rather are constantly exploring, seeking the potential depth of the experience. Bottomless curiosity is a genetic disposition. I appreciated a recent piano recital because it never sounded complete. The journey was dynamic, not a static fixed plan and, as such, imbued with intelligence and life. I vacillate between an intense focus on the work at hand, and trying to comprehend the larger movement to which I’m striving to contribute. Every week for the past 8 years, I’ve used this vehicle to explore the intersection of macro, micro and me. Unlike playing a late Beethoven piano sonata, there isn’t a significant legacy upon which to draw for resolving what environmentalist David Orr calls “long emergencies.” The pursuit requires fortitude and, I would argue, an innate inquisitiveness that probes the various twists and turns for their significance and potential inflection. Necessary progress will not be achieved by sticking to some traditional script. Rather, like the restless performer, the deeper questions must be considered: What does this mean? Where could this take us? How should we proceed? The objective, of course, isn’t to find satisfaction in conjured answers, but rather to use them to propel the journey, knowing the limiting factors aren’t external, but rather reside within the breadth of our intelligence and imagination.