History is accelerating. Time is being so compressed, that there is an increasing urgency for all of us to adopt new policies and new behaviors, now. We must innovate more effectively and act with more wisdom.

History is accelerating. Time is being so compressed, that there is an increasing urgency for all of us to adopt new policies and new behaviors, now. We must innovate more effectively and act with more wisdom. While some believe it almost impossible for traditional firms and organizations to adapt quickly enough, we challenge that position and offer up some hopeful points of view regarding the environment and sustainable design in this issue of DesignIntelligence.

At the recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Larry Page, the co-founder of Google, said that we should have a healthy disrespect for the impossible. That point of view is entirely consistent with the speeches and discussions at the Leadership Summit on Sustainable Design held in San Francisco last November. The 100 delegates not only shared ideas about what’s working but spoke directly to how leaders can guide themselves and their organizations to new levels of relevant success in sustainable design.

Innovation is happening all around us. Ideas are being deployed. I urge every reader of DesignIntelligence to join with the delegates featured in this issue to make fresh commitments and to follow through with energetic actions. And with that, the impossible just may seem to be somewhat vulnerable. Let’s chip away toward challenging existing conventions, in our firms, our selves and our organizations, with new and convincing leadership for the 21st century.