Old ways of thinking - cause & effect, industrial, linear, reductionist, simplistic, instrumental - no matter how fast their cycle time, are simply no longer sufficient for working in the complexity of living, social systems.
— Bernie & Kim

TIME FOR A NEW AWARENESS

We often see the unintended and persistent consequences of these old ways of seeing, thinking and being - relentless busy-ness, stress and yet feeling as though we are achieving less; failure to meaningfully collaborate to produce sustainable systemic outcomes; and growing dissatisfaction and disillusionment with the ways that many organisations are changing.

Life itself does not follow the rules of Logic
— Allan Kaplan

The complexity of people, social systems and the human condition calls for new awareness. There is a growing recognition of the innate and complex interconnectedness of our living and working worlds, and a growing need for radically different ways of living and working. That are more aligned with the human spirit, alive in a living natural system. Where nature offers a better metaphor for the complex - relational, self-organising and diverse. Beyond the limitations of only seeing a social organism as a ‘machine’.

No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.
— Albert Einstein

And a growing need for radically new ways of living and working, in the shifting nature of our work place.

Like all change, these changes always start with a new expanded awareness, that:

Discerns the ‘parts’ and the relationships between the ‘parts’.

Senses the subtle way change ripples through the social fabric of living and working.

Takes responsibility for integrating, sustaining and developing the ‘whole’.

Connects and integrates the outer world of work with our inner world.

Finds its own unique development path, thinking for ourselves.

Enables and allows a greater collective human spirit, potential and possibility to emerge.

Expands our ways of seeing, thinking, acting and being in the world,

beyond the limitations of our past.

A small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything.
— Dana Meadows

SOME Sources of our inspiration

  • Allan Kaplan & Susan Davidoff’s work at the Proteus Institute, SA on reflective social practice and community building.

  • Otto Scharmer’s and Peter Senge’s work on Leading, Learning & Presence in a Future that is always emergent.

  • Margaret Wheatley’s work on leadership and the new science.

  • David Whyte’s work as poet and philosopher, and his thinking on work as a pilgrimage to human identity.

  • Carole Grigg’s work on creating Space to see Reality

  • Annie Dillard’s writings on Seeing.

  • Peter Block’s work on Belonging and Stewardship

  • Robert Kegan’s work on Adult Development.

  • Dana Meadows’s work as an environmentalist and her concept of ‘dancing with systems’.

  • Dave Snowden’s work at the Cynefin on complexity.

  • Charles Eisenstein’s thinking on Separation.