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

Filtering by Tag: Professional Development

What's In An Office?

Peter Nicholson

Growth Etudes 3: Finding Lucrative
The panoramic view captivates me. Easily distracted by all the city movements below this borrowed 40th floor conference room perch, I would get little done if I worked here. I don’t covet the digs, but I do the resources behind them. Sustainable innovation is often distanced from robust profit. Those of us who practice it constantly have to bridge the gap, make the connection to the economic, demonstrate that the social and environmental does ultimately translate into dollars.

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Intended Consequences?

Peter Nicholson

Thoughtful, Committed Citizens
The group was smaller than expected. Working in a nascent field can have more challenges than rewards. I persist because the pursuit is fulfilling and important, but it can be lonely. Named A Better How, last week’s gathering convened a handful of like-minded practitioners to forge, even if for only two days, a community of practice. Sometimes you have to create your own professional development opportunities, as well as blaze ahead with fewer participants than hoped. Sometimes you need to just start, no matter how modestly, push the stasis aside and try to generate a modicum of momentum.

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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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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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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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The Power of Opportunity?

Peter Nicholson

Creating the Conveyor
Experiential knowledge is key. My transition from college to career was mediated by a year-long internship. Equipped with a (barely) livable salary, access to a large professional network, and a fair amount of responsibility, I flourished. This week, Foresight’s summer interns arrive.

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What Do You Need?

Peter Nicholson

The Point of the Question
I was curious. In light of national political developments last January, what did our 5 enterprising undergraduate interns feel like they needed? Their responses to my open-ended question included some common themes: guidance, clarity, and reassurance. The purpose of the inquiry, however, wasn’t to elicit definitive answers, but rather to introduce this as mantra for ongoing contemplation.

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Tim's Ta-Don't List

Tim Jones-Yelvington

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?

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