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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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The Nobility of Selfies?

Peter Nicholson

8 Years: Part I
It started simply: a weekly “selfie.” Eight years ago this month, the first Forecast “essay” emerged. I didn’t realize at the time what an essential element of my professional life writing them would become, nor how difficult drafting a single paragraph could be. Photographic selfies generally annoy me in the way they emphasize subject over context. Look at me! The background is usually merely backdrop, a status symbol, depending on what it is, intended to elevate the prominence of the portrait. Not that I’m above this type of self-promotion. More compelling, however, is better understanding the relationship between myself and the rest of the world. This is the essence of achieving greater sustainability. I have a strange job: trying to innovate around issues of climate, energy, community development and food, to mention but a few recent foci. The methodology for this pursuit is incomplete at best, but recognizing connections, of all sorts, is key. Largely improvised, the work possesses multiple layers that challenge me personally and professionally. In that comes both frustration and fulfillment. Maintaining balance between comfort and ambition is crucial for longevity and happiness. These weekly contemplative snapshots, in which meaningful intersections can be explored, help. I've come to realize that it’s not me that is central and paramount. Rather, relationships are everything—between me and you, between us and the rest of the world momentarily paused behind us.