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This Week in History

Peter Nicholson

Earlier this week, the Metropolitan Planning Council released Our Equitable Future, a set of recommendations for the Chicago region to address its systemic racial and socioeconomic inequities. As Foresight has seen firsthand in its work with Elevated Chicago, a partnership focused on equitable transit-oriented development, overcoming these historically-entrenched issues requires both structural and cultural shifts across local institutions.

This Week in History

Peter Nicholson

I’ve written previously about the recent privatization of space exploration, and companies like Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin continue to capture headlines. However, publicly-funded, research-driven space exploration is still going strong, as NASA plans for the May 5 launch of InSight, a Mars mission that will measure the planet’s tectonic activity for the first time.

This Week in History

Peter Nicholson

Published at the dawn of the Cold War in 1946, the Acheson-Lilienthal Report proposed a collaborative, international approach to share the benefits, and mitigate the threats, of nuclear energy. Its eventual abandonment gives it a melancholic subtext, but its authors’ foresight is inspiring, and a worthy reminder that humanity's most pressing challenges require both global and long-term thinking.

This Week in History

Peter Nicholson

The Selma to Montgomery March, organized by a coalition of African-American organizations, began on March 21, 1965 and built significant momentum for the passage of the Voting Rights Act later that year. It is a reminder that systems change is achieved not through the benevolence of powerful leaders, but rather through collective action by ordinary people, who often overcome violence and oppression to change the status quo.

This Week in History

Peter Nicholson

Evolutions in communication technologies have shaped each generation’s ways of relating and working together, from the earliest handwritten manuscripts to today’s video chat applications. Alexander Graham Bell pioneered perhaps the most important of these leaps this week in 1876, when he patented his telephone and used it to transmit speech for the first time.