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This Week in History

Peter Toth

Published at the dawn of the Cold War in 1946, the Acheson-Lilienthal Report proposed a collaborative, international approach to share the benefits, and mitigate the threats, of nuclear energy. Its eventual abandonment gives it a melancholic subtext, but its authors’ foresight is inspiring, and a worthy reminder that humanity's most pressing challenges require both global and long-term thinking.

What does transformational collaboration even mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

Through our project work and research, Foresight has been studying and practicing the mechanics of cross-sector collaboration for years now. Collaboration is by no means a novel concept, but working together on complex challenges requires new approaches, structures, and measures of success. Now is the time to ask, what does transformational collaboration even mean?

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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."

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Necessary Evil?

Peter Nicholson

From the Jaws of Defeat
A common foe unites opposition. The federal government’s dismantling of its previous climate efforts is disturbing. Each new demise reminds me of the line from Joseph Heller’s novel: "Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can’t stop them from doing.” This dynamic can work both ways.

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What Does A Social Lab Even Mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

The rise and potential of social innovation labs (or “social labs”) can no longer be overlooked. Today, they take many forms and are housed in diverse sectors, including civic, private, academic, and government. They all share the goal of bringing diverse stakeholders together around complex social challenges. But what does a “social lab” even mean?

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The Lesson Within The Lesson?

Peter Nicholson

Oberlin Diaries 2*: Launching Pads
I’m trying to become dispensable. It can be a tricky balancing act, constantly judging when to intervene, and when to allow my teenage students to find voice and agency in the struggle to overcome whatever challenge has been created for them. They’re inherently more capable of spanning and integrating their geographical, economic and racial divides more quickly than any exercise I could devise.

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City Limits?

Peter Nicholson

Oberlin Diaries 1*: Forging Adjacencies
I’m living on an island. Surrounded by fields instead of water, the small Ohio town of some 8000 residents to which I’ve temporarily relocated is still an island. It’s quiet, pastoral, isolated, and yet connected to the other islands, and eventually the Cleveland-area mainland, by causeways extending in several directions across the fertile moat.

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What Does Managing Up Even Mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

Last week, Jenny shared some of the nicest words about our working relationship. I sincerely value Jenny for her innate sense of responsibility and eagerness to be a “genuine source of help.” The hidden key to an effective organization is a staff that can manage up. But what does that even mean?

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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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