I recently came across a prompt on social media that asked “how has 2020 changed you?”. Here’s my answer.

2020 forced me to slow down. In the process, I learned a lot about myself.

I have always moved very fast and juggled a lot of things. From growing up as a competitive dancer (changing in the car and doing my homework on the school bus) to now having a full-time job, two side businesses, and balancing health/social life/ hobbies — having a full plate was nothing new.


Note: this is a research excerpt from Roxanne Nicolussi’s “Bigger Thinking for Smaller Enterprises”, published in 2017 and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Let’s talk about a shared vision of the future as a means for transformational change.

Kotter’s (2007) 8 stage transformation process can be found below. Kotter explains that a successful transformation effort is guided by “a picture of the future that is relatively easy to communicate and appeals to customers, stockholders, and employees” (2007). …


Imagine this: You wake up in the morning and log in to your work calendar. You see a day with a good balance of meetings that will accomplish your goals for the day, and time to do necessary work. What if we could introduce processes that minimize the time required to talk about work or fight off random tasks flung our way by equally harried co-workers? What if we could organize our days around a small number of discrete objectives? (The New Yorker: The Rise and Fall of Getting Things Done)

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I have been researching asynchronous productivity for the past…


Once upon a time, there was a global pandemic. Bermuda, whose economy relies heavily on tourism, invited remote workers to their beautiful island to escape since they had almost zero COVID cases. As the travel opportunist that I am, I jumped at the opportunity to live somewhere beautiful that happened to be much safer and warmer than my apartment in Toronto’s winter. I was privileged to have a job and supportive leadership in order to live in Bermuda for about 3 months. In this article, I am speaking from my experience, filling in my gaps with research, and asking Bermudian…


I’m a huge advocate for “solving the right problems in the right way”. Here’s what I mean.

On September 9, 2020 I was invited to speak at 12Coffee, “a not-for-profit speaker series consisting of 12 bi-weekly virtual coffee chats between students and a guest industry leader. You can watch the talk and Q&A here!

Due to popular demand, I started with a high-level overview of Design Thinking.

Design Thinking has become popular in the past 10 or so years. It’s a way of applying a designer’s mindset to problems that previously didn’t take that approach.

I’ve included a definition and…


Note: this is a research excerpt from Roxanne Nicolussi’s “Bigger Thinking for Smaller Enterprises”, published in 2017 and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

A vision means nothing without the tools to turn it into reality. As Kotter (1995) explains, the basic elements of the vision should be organized into a strategy for achieving that vision so that the transformation does not disintegrate into a set of unrelated and confusing directions and activities (Fernandez & Rainey, 2006, p.169). …


Note: this is a research excerpt from Roxanne Nicolussi’s “Bigger Thinking for Smaller Enterprises”, published in 2017 and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Predicting the future is impossible; however, understanding trends that may shape the future is an important part of developing a strategy that can manage uncertainty and minimize risk. The use of foresight can help inform the strategy and subsequently create change for an organization.

Infusing strategy development processes with foresight methodology ensures the strategy is futures ready — flexible for the range of challenges and opportunities the future may bring (Conway, 2016). Foresight approaches…


Note: this is a research excerpt from Roxanne Nicolussi’s “Bigger Thinking for Smaller Enterprises”, published in 2017 and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Visioning provides a process for an organisation to design their ideal future collaboratively. Foresight approaches allow strategy development to be an inclusive process: allowing its users to be authentically involved in the process of creating a shared view of their organisation’s future. Beyond just a comprehensive list of long-range goals, visions should describe the end result of how those goals interact and play out into the future (Iwaniec, Childers, Vanlehn, & Wiek, 2014). …


Note: this is a research excerpt from Roxanne Nicolussi’s “Bigger Thinking for Smaller Enterprises”, published in 2017 and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Development of a shared vision is made possible through a foresight approach called ‘visioning’. Visioning provides a process for which organizations can collaboratively design their ideal future. Kotter (2007) explains that “without a sensible vision, a transformation effort can easily dissolve into a list of confusing and incompatible projects that can take the organization in the wrong direction or nowhere at all”. …


Note, this is a modified transcript from a talk. You can watch the talk here!

Meet Jyotish and Nandini.

Last December I attended the wedding of one of my best friends, Jyotish, in northeast India. Here are some more photos of what it looked like.

Roxi Nicolussi

designs experiences, solves complex problems, fights for social justice, nerds out on AI ethics & futures

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