#EmergencyPicnic Workshop Series

Gain new skills for confronting the urgent challenges that face us, and succeeding in your path as a change-maker. Register now to sharpen your digital security, find a meaningful and fulfilling career, or craft a killer resume. (Digital participation is possible, but not strongly recommended). These workshops make a great gift for your favorite recent college graduate, or anyone else poised to benefit from fresh skills and insights. 

The #EmergencyPicnic Workshop Series is a fundraiser for the Foresight Prep @ Oberlin College summer program. All proceeds will be used to enable highly motivated, low income students to attend one of the program's courses and become transformative leaders equipped to create positive social and environmental change, and become part of an ongoing network to ensure their college and career success. 


Online Privacy and Security 

Doubts about your internet privacy and security are most likely warranted. Recent policy changes have made it easier, and more legal, for service providers to capture and sell information about your browsing habits. Technology advancements have made it easier for unscrupulous lurkers to more simply and deceptively capture information you may be accessing online. In this interactive workshop, tech expert Derek Eder will walk you through easy-to-implement steps you can take to protect your privacy and better ensure your security. Designed for those with no special experience, this seminar will highlight potential vulnerabilities, provide straight-forward solutions, and answer any question you may have about common ways your information can be compromised.

Monday, May 22
Foresight Design Initiative Studio,
4619 N Ravenswood, Unit 305
6:00-7:30 PM


Beyond the Paycheck: Pursuing a Meaningful and Fulfilling Career

As one of Chicago’s most experienced and broadly knowledgeable sustainability and innovation professionals, Peter Nicholson has successfully navigated multiple sectors in hot pursuit of a job with impact. He will share his unique perspectives and abundant, actionable tips for finding, cultivating and thriving in a vocation that provides more than just economic reward. This evening intensive was informed by his dynamic career and input from respected colleagues, and refined from the feedback of more than 500 participants. A small group format and variety of presentation modes will encourage interaction, keep the workshop relevant and engaging, and allow for attention to individual questions. Participants receive an extensive annotated resource guide to help inform and propel their journeys. Leave with a better-defined career development strategy—whether a recent graduate, professional in transition, or simply looking to inflect greater meaning in your current work.

Tuesday, May 23
Foresight Design Initiative Studio
4619 N Ravenswood, Unit 305
6:-00-8:00 PM


Is Your Resume Working For (Or Against) You?
Content and Design: Creating a Kick-Ass Resume

Mediocre resumes are the norm. Trying to create one that stands out—and in the right way—can be frustrating. Bring your most recent effort to this interactive workshop, and quickly learn how to make it pop. Peter Nicholson shares insights acquired over his many years as both a designer and hiring manager. Learn to view your talents and accomplishments through the eyes of your prospective audience, and transform boring, bullet—pointed lists into engaging career highlights that powerfully combine content and design. Additional topics include cover letter strategies, LinkedIn basics, non-traditional approaches, and targeted tips for both established professions and recent graduates (spoiler alert: much of what your school’s Career office told you was wrong). Whether you’re currently searching for a position, or just want to have a better resume ready, you’ll leave the seminar with a clear path toward a superior-looking document that opens doors rather than closing them. 

Wednesday, May 24
Foresight Design Initiative Studio
4619 N Ravenswood, Unit 305
6:-00-8:00 PM



Derek Eder, Online Privacy and Security
Derek is an entrepreneur, developer and one of the leaders of the civic technology community in Chicago. He is founder and partner at DataMade, a company that tells stories and builds tools with data, co-founder of Open City, a collective that makes civic apps to to improve transparency and understanding of our government, and organizer for the Chi Hack Night, America's premier weekly event for building civic technology with open data. He has built and collaborated on dozens of civic and data applications including 2nd City Zoning, Chicago Lobbyists, Look at Cook, Chicago Councilmatic and Dedupe.


Peter Nicholson, Beyond the Paycheck; Is Your Resume Working For or Against You?
Peter is Executive Director of the Foresight Design Initiative, a nonprofit organization he established in 2002, and Principal of the organization's design practice. Through these positions, he leads a multifaceted career focused on the creative pursuit of greater social, environmental, and economic sustainability. Peter consults on and undertakes innovative sustainable design projects for a diversity of clients, including government agencies, institutional nonprofits, and diverse businesses. Considered a highly adept discussion facilitator, he has hosted Foresight's monthly Green Drinks panels and is in regular demand as a guest speaker and moderator. Peter is dedicated to the education of the next generation of sustainability-minded leaders and regularly mentors interns as well as teaches the Foresight Immersion program. Prior to establishing the Foresight Design Initiative, he held a variety of positions in the corporate and non-profit sectors. In each, he has consistently pursued growth and innovation. Peter began his study of Sustainability and Design at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology and holds a bachelors degree from the Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music.