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Perils of the Ledge?

Peter Nicholson

The Rewards of Listening
Don’t look down. The impulse has become innate; no reminders required. Working for a small innovation studio in an emerging field, risk and uncertainty are constants. They have become familiar friends whom I’m not sure I really like anymore. What was their initial allure? I would ask them to leave if their mystery weren’t so compelling. If I let them stay a little bit longer, they will perhaps, finally, surface their secrets. My colleagues and I are eager for revelations that will affirm and vindicate our efforts, and, of course, overflow our coffers. Stories help. They can provide frustration-relieving pressure-valves, moments of self-affirming recognition, and perspective-granting new horizons. We take from ephemeral, time-based narratives nuggets that can tell us where we’ve been, something of what we’ve learned, and also, where we might be headed. Fostering innovation can be challenging, particularly around the kind of multifaceted issues in which Foresight is invested. Crafting and exchanging artifacts from the journey helps keep us sane, human, and perhaps even humble, when everything around us can be spinning, unstable, beautifully emergent.