I’m glad you’re here.
work to do.
What if we actually aimed for thriving?
Too often, we accept busyness and productivity as their own reward. Or we’re afraid to be bold, so we aim for something less than thriving.
As a result, we’re falling dangerously short of thriving in our communities, in our organizations and in our own lives.
So, what if we recognized the characteristics of thriving living systems in our organizations and communities?
And what if that were somehow simple and useful, opening up new insights and suggesting new ways forward?
What if our most powerful role is to act as stewards of life’s processes, actively cultivating the fertile conditions for life to thrive?
And what if this helped us achieve all of our other objectives more effectively?
This is the most important work of our times.
This is the practice of thrivability.
Here’s how I can help.
Whether you’re an organizational leader, a community planner or just someone looking for answers, here are some ways I can help.
Sharing deep expertise on what it takes for life to thrive in our organizations, our communities and our own lives
Hosting meaningful conversations to navigate complexity collectively, creatively and joyfully
Offering a comprehensive framework for designing and stewarding effective change
Mapping the opportunity in The Age of Thrivability: Vital Perspectives and Practices for a Better World
“We need to see ourselves more fully as active stewards of life’s unfolding process and as part of a larger living world.”
– The Age of Thrivability
[A version of this post originally appeared in April 2018 at www.realityseeker.org. It is my responses to a series of interview questions about complexity science, living systems, and the Age of Thrivability.] How would you describe the “context” that filters into and...read more
[Originally published May 31, 2013] “I thought archaeology would be simple,” said one young woman. “I mean, I’m working with the dead. What could be complicated?” The roomful of Quebec archaeologists – and even the handful of representatives from various indigenous...read more
How many conferences have you been to that were loaded with dynamic speakers expounding on their latest success stories? This is what sells tickets. And so it should — we all love an inspiring story. More than that, we want to learn from other people’s experience. We...read more
The more changing climate forces us 2 help each other & 2 heed the better angels of our nature...the less relevant our differences may become. The more nature demonstrates its undeniable power, the more reverence & responsibility we may feel for all life. https://t.co/HNRv0pPMLx
And that's the problem. It's useful to set our sights on effecting change, rather than maintaining the status quo. But it matters what kind of change, by what means and to what end. Let's get clear: it's about enabling life to thrive. It's about serving and stewarding life. https://t.co/MP1mDM1het
Will climate change do for farmers what Trump has done for journalists: wake much of the population up to the vital, treasured role farmers play & challenge them to step up their game & fulfill their heroic potential before it's too late? https://t.co/FecrWs2KSm @regenerationcan
This still falls well short of what's needed. Why not aim for - & enact - a Thrivability Age, rather than just a Knowledge Age? Isn't knowledge only a tool in service of thriving? Put Life & Thriving at the top of your diagram, w/knowledge in service, & even more becomes clear. https://t.co/88k3fTSvAk
In #Beta, it is not #leadership or "the leadership" that bestows orientation: Because that´s already done my clients, market & the outside!
In Beta, leadership means having a "network quality" that keeps the externally driven organization under constructive tension, at all times. https://t.co/z2HYecUARu
The point isn't to be a social enterprise, to have a network of teams or external focus. "Though these ... may be useful, they are a means to a larger end. ...[T]he real point of our efforts is to participate in & support life’s ongoing ability to thrive." https://t.co/BWOH6XuJgo https://t.co/Zykddi3RpO
"The practice [of archeology in Quebec] is often fraught with tension between indigenous peoples and predominantly white scientists around a tangled knot of issues. What this gathering of people found through their discussion, however, is that archaeology has the potential...