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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 Year Ahead?

Peter Nicholson

Breaking Out
I was skeptical. An “escape room” experience struck me as a trendy fad. Cajoled by family members, I submitted to the 90 minute exercise over the holidays, and was pleasantly surprised. “Locked" into a room decorated with a plethora of appropriately themed curiosities, our family team had to discover, and then solve within the prescribed timeframe, a series of puzzles with no instructions, in order to earn “release." Here’s what I learned: 1.) you’ll flounder if everyone thinks alike; 2.) you’ll also flounder if you keep trying to solve a puzzle that isn’t ready to be solved; 3.) you’ll get stuck if you stop intensively communicating with one another, meaning listening, talking, surmising, conjecturing, etc; 4.) age has no direct correlation with success; the younger team members were just as useful as the older; 5.) with the correct attitude, including one’s own, the experience is a lot of fun. I’ll spare you the forced metaphor and just simply state: all the same observations apply to addressing complex, sustainability-related challenges, like climate change. At Foresight, we’re constantly seeking outside and alternative perspectives; striving to vigorously communicate among ourselves and with our clients; letting go of projects that aren’t ready to progress; working with and learning from younger people; and, among the very serious issues with which we’re often charged, remembering to have fun. My ambition for 2018 is simply to do more of all of that, and to strive to do it quicker, better.