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What does "Day Zero" even mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

Like an unexpected slap in the face, news from Cape Town, South Africa about its severe water crisis both shocks and stings. In a few short months, the day will come when this major global city will have zero drinking water. But what does “Day Zero” really even mean? The Chicago Council on Global Affairs breaks it down for us this week. Click here to read their explainer.

What does the global risk report even mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

At the World Economic Forum’s annual convening, the business member releases The Global Risk Report which identifies the most important risks and trends in shaping global development in the next 10 years. For the last 10 years, I have been fascinated to learn of the world’s 1,000 leading companies’ perspective on emerging threats to our global economy. Truthfully, I have been curious to watch the threat of climate change rise on their list—which originally popped up in their top five in 2011. But what does The Global Risk Report even mean?

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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 CTSD even mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

Most of us are aware of the causes and impacts of post-traumatic stress, whether we have experienced it personally or know someone who has — anxiety, sleeplessness, hopelessness in the aftermath of a traumatic experience. But what happens when the trauma never ends, for instance for wildfire fighters facing record breaking outbreaks year after year? In Chicago, this trauma can be seen in our communities that face persistent gun violence. What does continuous traumatic stress disorder even mean?

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What does the ladder of inference even mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

The holiday season is upon us, and with it often comes quality family time. Between the sugar cookies and punch bowls, there will likely be more than enough guilt trips, awkward politics, and jumping to conclusions to go around. A quick refresher on the ole’ Ladder of Inference—and how to avoid sprinting up it—might be just the trick to gracefully navigate this season of joy. But what does the Ladder of Inference even mean?

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what does emergence even mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

For its 2017 Person of the Year, Time magazine just named “The Silence Breakers;” the brave people who have bared their pain from sexual harassment, misconduct, and abuse by those at the highest levels of power and influence, and catalyzed the emergence of a truly transformative movement that is shifting our cultural tolerance. YES! 

While we have touched on the concept of emergence before in this series, this moment presents a compelling example and an opportunity to revisit it. So, let’s re-pose: what does emergence even mean?

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