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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.


Insights, inspiration and opportunities to create a more vibrant and resilient future.

Limits of Growth?

Peter Nicholson

Small Home Advantages
I wanted a guest room. I never intended to live in my partially subterranean studio apartment for this long. I would save for a down payment, as I have, and graduate into a larger abode, which I haven’t. Living with my partner in a compact apartment has imposed constraints. That said, our relationship is more resilient because of our small home.

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What Does Collaboration Even Mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

The complexity and magnitude of the pressing challenges we face today, from poverty to climate change, transcend jurisdictional and disciplinary boundaries and cannot be addressed by any one sector or institution alone. Collaboration is critical. But what does that even mean?

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Peter Nicholson

Resilience & Verve
I’m too comfortable. The climate/carbon diagrams are not trending in our favor. “Bigger, better, faster” change will be required to check their precipitous upward arcs. “Earth Day” is a woefully inadequate observation to address what environmentalist David Orr calls our “long emergency.” None of this is new. In light of the current national political context, I’ve been pondering what my organization should do.

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