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We are a multidisciplinary innovation studio working with diverse partners to understand sustainability challenges and identify holistic, resilient solutions, and we are committed to training the next generation of leaders.


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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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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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RADAR: A Better Way to Pay

Peter Toth

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.

RADAR: Metrics for Success

Peter Toth

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.