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What does transformational collaboration even mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

Through our project work and research, Foresight has been studying and practicing the mechanics of cross-sector collaboration for years now. Collaboration is by no means a novel concept, but working together on complex challenges requires new approaches, structures, and measures of success. Now is the time to ask, what does transformational collaboration even mean?

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What Does A Social Lab Even Mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

The rise and potential of social innovation labs (or “social labs”) can no longer be overlooked. Today, they take many forms and are housed in diverse sectors, including civic, private, academic, and government. They all share the goal of bringing diverse stakeholders together around complex social challenges. But what does a “social lab” even mean?

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What Does Service Design Even Mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

Hosted at IIT’s Institute of Design, the first national Service Design Network conference occurred last week in Chicago. Insights filled my twitter feed and explored everything from improving the navigability of the citizenship process for immigrants to inciting behavior change through gamification. But what does service design even mean?

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What does a systems archetype even mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

Systems thinkers seek to understand the root causes of problems. More specifically, they are uncovering the underlying dynamics that drive the problems. And after decades of study and practice, a series of systems archetypes have emerged to describe most of the troublesome dynamics we find. But what does a “systems archetype” even mean?

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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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