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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.
The more I explore the concept of leadership, the more nuanced it becomes. I hope to dive into its many facets and elements over time in this weekly blog. For today, let’s celebrate what 14 current high school students came up with when asked: What does leadership even mean?Read More
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.
Lyndon is out of office this week, but as one of my cherished mentors I want to make sure she is not left out of this week's issue. What does Lyndon mean to me?Read More
On the latest episode of ISEIF's Surge Series podcast, hosts Clare Butterfield and Uzma Noormohamed talked with Val Jensen, Senior VP of Customer Operations at ComEd, about the utility's grid modernization effort. Listen to hear about how the smart grid has already benefited customers, and what's in store for the future.
Like death and taxes, monthly utility bills are among the aspects of human existence that we most take for granted. The latest episode of the Surge Series, hosted by our friends at the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation, features a conversation with two experts who are offering alternative options for paying for electricity, which have the potential to ease financial stress and empower people to become smarter energy users.
Earlier this week, I attended the public announcement of Interface's "Climate Take Back," a new mission to reverse climate change, which was previously outlined in this GreenBiz article. Though still in its early stages, the initiative is audacious and inspiring, and will hopefully motivate other companies to follow Interface's lead.
The latest episode of ISEIF's Surge Series podcast features a discussion with Patty Durand, the President and CEO of the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, about their most recent research. In addition to unexpected insights about energy usage attitudes, the conversation explores the strange and fascinating world of smart home technology for pets.
Last week, the Rockefeller Foundation and engineering firm ARUP launched the City Resilience Index, a tool that is designed to help urban policy-makers assess and improve their capacity to withstand crises. It has grown out of a long-running effort led by multiple sectors, which we've been following closely at Foresight, and has the potential to leverage existing data and models to build more resilient cities.
Over the past two years, the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation (ISEIF) has funded a unique portfolio of projects that educate diverse communities about new energy products and services. Their Surge Series podcast, which explores how these changes impact real people, returns today with a brand-new episode.
Last week, the EPA recognized the City of Minneapolis and its two largest utilities with a Climate Leadership Award, for an unprecedented partnership to transition to cleaner, more efficient energy usage. Although it's only entering its second year, I'll be keeping my eye on the partnership as a case study for cross-sector action on energy issues.