Culture Icon | Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020)

A hero of humanity has crossed over. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 1933-2020. She was a champion of human rights, an inspiration, and a role model to so many.

We will be writing a full Future-ish Culture Icon biography for Justice Ginsburg in the coming days but there is no doubt that she served as a shining example of how culture and gender should not and must not be a barrier to anyone achievieng success and contributing to society. In surpassing her own obstacles throughout her career, she was also a tireless champion in her work for achieving justice and human rights for so many others who faced - or would have faced - similar challenges.

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Pro cyclist, Neilson Powless (Oneida) at 2020 Tour de France. Image credit: Marco Bertorello / AFP via ESPN.

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Vogue's Annual Forces of Fashion Event | November 16-17, 2020

It's time again for Vogue's annual Forces of Fashion event, November 16-17, 2020. The event goes virtual this year, but promises once again to offer thought-provoking conversations on everything from creativity and sustainability to social responsibility and fashion's role in our rapidly changing world.

Bloomberg Green Festival | September 14-18, 2020

The Bloomberg Green ecosystem seems to keep growing. Fresh off the Bloomberg Live Bloomberg Green Summit in July 2020, the Bloomberg Green Festival is set to bloom Septmber 14 - 18, 2020. The festival is aiming to foster solutions to climate and other social and environmental challenges through innovations in science, design, culture, food, technology, politics, and entertainment.

SeanChron | New Film, "A Most Beautiful Thing" Documents How Rowing Brought Rivals Together: Gangs in the Past, Police & Community Today

Alumni crew preparing for 2019 Chicago Sprints

September 9, 2020. As a former rower myself, this story really caught my atteniton and inspired me. A new documentary, A Most Beautiful Thing,  shares the story of the Manley High School crew team, the first black high school rowing team in the US and how rowing helped addressed gang violence in Chicago in the early 2000s. The team's reunion and preparation for the 2019 Chicago Sprints included a new element of community healing, police officers. 

Skyler Aikerson reports on the film in the June 2020 issue of Chicago magazine, in his article A crew to remember. 

NBC's Kate Snow shares the story of the unique partnership with the Chicago Police Department in her story, Rowing Together for Change (video below).

Cocktail Astronomy | Enterprise Nebulae on Star Trek Day

Enterprise nebulae as seen by Spitzer Space Telescope. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Here at Future-ish, we love astronomy and we love cocktails. So to prep our fans (and ourselves) for those stellar weekend cocktail conversations, we are pleased to offer our Cocktail Astronomy post each Friday.

This week we join many of our fellow Trekkies in celebrating Star Trek Day and NASA's 2016 Spitzer Space Telescope images of nebulae that resemble two of the series' most famous star ships, Captain Kirk's USS Enterprise NCC-1701 and Captain Picard's Enterprise-D NCC-1701-D.

The nebulae (catalog numbers IRAS 19340+2016 and IRAS19343+2026) are located on the Milky Way's outer disk and are visible using Spitzer's infared technology that allows it to view objects deeper in space often obscured by dust.

Cocktail pairing: since Aldebaran whiskey made cameos in several Star Trek series, we suggest pouring a shot of your favorite whiskey from right here on Earth. And don't forget to raise that glass to 50 years of Star Trek ;-)

SeanChron | Nordstrom Earth Day 2020

The front page of on Earth Day 2020

April 22, 2020. Another post for Earth Day 2020 that I am quite exited to share.

Understanding and addressing how human behavior impacts human health and the environment has been the string that connects a pretty diverse career for me. One of the first chapters in my career was launching the initial Sustainable Business & Development program at Nordstrom back in the early 2000s. You can read a little bit about how I and several other colleagues at Nordstrom to sparked the program and philosophy that exists today in this post from 2006, Sean in the Loop.

Following my 13 years at Nordstrom I co-founded the Sustainable Style Foundation (SSF) which some people described at the time as an oxymoron since it would be hard for fashion and sustainability to co-exist (although SSF actually worked across 15 design and style industries). In 2014, H&M created a global campaign titled "Sustainable Style" and the term has been used extensively over the years.

So, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, to see the Nordstrom home page and their dedicated Earth Day page share their philosophy and goals around 'sustainable style' makes for quite a proud papa for this father of the term 'sustainable style'. There is still much work to be done around sustainability in style and design industries, particularly around bringing social and cultural sustainability into the conversation, but it does feel good to know that some headway has been made. A snapshot of the dedicated Earth Day 2020 page appears below.

Nordstrom's dedicated Earth Day 2020 page.

One thing remains the same since my early days in high school when I first took an interest in international environmental issues, I am not and don't try to be 'perfect' in these matters, but I can continue to make more and better sustainable personal lifestyle choices that continue to respect people and place going forward.

I continue to be a firm believer in my thoughts long ago at Nordstrom and SSF's motto...that we can look fabulous, live well, AND do good.

Just one of Nordstrom's several pages dedicated to 'sustainable style'.