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.
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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?Read More
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."
Last week, you may have seen your Twitter feed explode with excitement around the #ChicagoClimateCharter, or you were in the room when over 50 mayors from across North America and beyond signed on to the Charter. But what does the Chicago Climate Charter even mean?Read More
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.
Officially formed on November 1, 1993, the European Union’s political and economic integration were meant to prevent conflict in a continent wracked by war for centuries. Although the project has faced numerous crises in recent years, from austerity economics to Brexit, it has also expanded horizons for many younger Europeans and newer member nations.
This week's article guest authored by Foresight's Fall 2017 Intern, Elizabeth Hossink.
Meetings happen everywhere, all the time. They have the capacity to be the most efficient way of collaboration, but oftentimes end up failing. We call upon facilitators to maximize the potential of meetings, but what does facilitation even mean?Read More
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?Read More
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.
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.
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?Read More
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?Read More