On March 12, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the first of his famous radio “Fireside Chats,” explaining his rationale for a bank holiday during the Great Depression. Perhaps his greatest achievement in these broadcasts was to communicate complex ideas in clear, accessible language, an essential skill for leaders working on thorny challenges or in emerging fields.
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Evolutions in communication technologies have shaped each generation’s ways of relating and working together, from the earliest handwritten manuscripts to today’s video chat applications. Alexander Graham Bell pioneered perhaps the most important of these leaps this week in 1876, when he patented his telephone and used it to transmit speech for the first time.
Hosted at IIT’s Institute of Design, the first national Service Design Network conference occurred last week in Chicago. Insights filled my twitter feed and explored everything from improving the navigability of the citizenship process for immigrants to inciting behavior change through gamification. But what does service design even mean?Read More
One of the only government agencies mentioned explicitly in the US Constitution, the US Post Office was established on July 26, 1775, more than a year before the Declaration of Independence. While the Internet has largely supplanted it as an everyday communication network, leaving it in a deep crisis, it is difficult to imagine where our society would be without it.
Astute oversight is everything. Every member of the Foresight Design Initiative Board of Directors is a strategic addition to the larger whole. Most recently, David Leopold, Director of Project Management at the City Digital division of UI Labs signed on. Connecting with smart, enthusiastic, constructively critical colleagues has been essential to my professional development.
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
A running guide of what NOT to do. The first iteration of Tim's Ta-Don't List was a goodbye gift from Foresight's summer staff person Rachel Young, left behind on my whiteboard. Now, I'm keeping it going with weekly updates, in the spirit of better, more impactful change-making.
69. DON’T say pratfall when what you meant was pitfall. Remember that time we hosted a multi-stakeholder convening and you slipped on a banana peel?Read More