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One Way or Another?

Peter Nicholson

Productive Disruption
I forgot my computer. Today’s Forecast is being written by hand. Very few of these weekly missives have been drafted on anything but a keyboard and screen. Identifying viable alternatives requires space and perspective. Walking to the studio early this morning, I realized I didn’t want to go all the way there just to get my computer. I began to consider the options, including using the pen and notebook that I did have with me. Achieving greater sustainability will require massive innovation; we’ve just scratched the surface. Getting caught, if not invested in ruts is easy, a function of habit that often precludes the consideration of viable alternatives. One of the more valuable services Foresight often provides clients is helping them recognize the different ways to achieve their objectives. The "best” approach may be one that wasn’t immediately obvious, if only because they’ve never had to step back and consider what else might be possible. Need is the mother of invention, and maybe also wisdom. Sometimes what happens is perhaps ultimately for our own good, if only for deflecting us down a path we might not have otherwise considered taking