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Filtering by Tag: Perspective

The Profundity of Jumping?

Peter Nicholson

Body in Flight II: The Psychological
All the possible metaphors. Wanting to do something memorable, I went skydiving on my birthday. It took several hours of circling the idea before committing. My internal resistance sometimes doesn’t evaporate immediately, but requires time to subside. With age comes perspective and, rather than open you up to new experiences, it can motivate just the opposite. Despite renting the car, driving the 70 miles, watching the training video, seeing lots of other experienced jumpers prepare, stepping on the plane, tucking myself snugly in front of the instructor, and even watching others disappear out the door before me, I was in denial.

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The Industrial Sublime?

Peter Nicholson

Lake Lessons
I was reluctant to disembark. Fulfilling a childhood ambition, I spent 4 days last week traveling from Detroit to Duluth aboard an 800 foot lake boat. Viewing issues from one, often narrow, perspective, is one of the pitfalls of working on sustainability challenges. New approaches are often adamantly embraced without having considered the full spectrum of ramifications. The wisdom and experience of those caught in the potential transition can be overlooked. Aboard the ship, I was afforded an intimate, upstream perspective of the "extractive economy” upon which so much of our affluence fundamentally rests.

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Factoring Ambiguity?

Peter Nicholson

Night Flight
We descend. The airplane’s lights struggle to cut through the night fog. I yearn for clarity. Words can be slippery and inexact, poor mechanisms by which to probe overlapping interrelations. Talk less, draw more. Glimpses of the city’s lights emerge. We are lower than I imagined, although there has been no context from which to measure and judge. Complexity can offer the mirage of easy understanding. Craft more diagrams to turn buried realities inside out, unravel their guts.

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Who Am I?

Peter Nicholson

Conveying Clearly
Certain phrases make me cringe. For example: “now more than ever,” and  “the world’s most pressing challenges,” invoke instant consternation. They are, of course, almost always hyperbole. Accurate language and perception is important to the social and environmental innovation work to which I’m committed. A portion of the challenge is to see the context and barriers clearly. A lack of urgency is often exactly what we strive to address!

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Foresight 2017 Summer Internship Recap

Jenny Goldsmith

Foresight Design Initiative believes fostering talent produces exponential impact over time. We are committed to providing internships that offer hands-on experience on a wide variety of sustainability-related projects. Our interns are given an opportunity to play an integral part in fulfilling the organization's mission and contributing to its success.

This summer we had three stellar interns join us in our studio and apply their skills and insights to a variety of our initiatives while fostering their professional development. Here’s what they had to say about their experiences:

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What View Now?

Peter Nicholson

Oberlin Diaries 7*: Road Tripping
We took the long way back. Returning to Chicago from Ohio earlier this week, we avoided the interstate, cutting through fields and farming towns. I wasn’t in a hurry to return, but wanted to savor the pastoral sights, smells and sounds that I wasn't able to fully enjoy the last several weeks while teaching. The journey was an adventurous respite between one intense, immersive experience and another.

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