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

Filtering by Tag: Leadership

Who’s To Say?

Peter Nicholson

Invisible Inflections
Influence can take time to emerge. Earlier this week, I reconnected with a high school friend I hadn’t seen in 30 years. She mentioned the positive impact our teenage friendship had on her in subsequent years. I didn't realize. What seems to me like a simple action or gesture can for others carry potent meaning that we might never realize.

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This Week In History

Peter Toth

California became the first state in the nation to set carbon reduction goals when it passed AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, on August 30, 2006. This landmark legislation was just the initial step in climate leadership for the Golden State, which extended its cap and trade program to 2030 just last month.

More Than a Job?

Peter Nicholson

Oberlin Diaries 8*: Bonus Dividends
The envelope was a surprise. Bright pink, handmade, and with a simple “To: Peter” on the front, it was given to me by one of the valiant college students that help lead the Foresight Prep @ Oberlin College program. For many years, I've kept a folder of all the thank you cards I’ve received as a just-in-case antidote to any future dark days.

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Whose Hands on the Wheel?

Peter Nicholson

Oberlin Diaries 6: Steering the Future
My grandfather let me drive. I was 10, and he had to operate the pedals. I sat on his lap steering us down the two-lane country road. If I started to drift out of our lane, he would gently suggest a correction: “Maybe you want to turn us a bit to the right?” If an oncoming car were in sight, he’d momentarily make the correction himself, although never suggesting I relinquish my grip.

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Evolutionary Investing?

Peter Nicholson

Oberlin Diaries 4: Risk and Its Rewards
You never know. For some, the phrase invokes paralyzing fear. For me, it presents a motivating challenge. When the Foresight Prep @ Oberlin College summer program was launched four years ago, part of the fun was seeing if we could do it: Create a best-of-class experiential education program that empowered highly-diverse, sustainability-minded teenage leaders. Participants arrive never completely knowing what to expect; we teachers are never certain what our students will be like. We navigate the unknown together, forging community, knowledge and connections that in many cases far outlast the two-week seminars. Such experiences are essential for a more vibrant and resilient future. 

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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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Right Relation?

Peter Nicholson

Informing Outsiders
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.

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