Thoughts On Thrivability

Business Basics for the Brink of Extinction

I was a little surprised to see this text that a conference organizer “helpfully” added to the description of the workshop I would be offering at his event: “This is a practical course and not a discussion of theory. You exit this 90-minute Workshop with new...

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Living Soil and the Learning That’s Needed

I’ve just come from co-hosting Regeneration Canada’s Living Soils Symposium. As tired as I feel right now at the end of the four-day gathering, there’s nowhere else I would have chosen to be. Regenerative approaches to agriculture and land management offer the most...

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Changing The Game of Life

The most important thing we can do right now, individually and collectively, is to change the game we’re playing. “The game we play” is another way of thinking about the story or worldview we’re living out. Adopting a new game (or worldview) changes the conversations...

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From an Economy of Hoarding to an Ecology of Healing

Our economic belief system is designed around hoarding - accumulating ever more stuff, in constant fear of not having enough and especially of not having as much as our peers. And look where that’s gotten us: to the edge of extinction, among other ills. In place of...

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Evolving Growth

"Don't grow if it will make you sick." This is what the “mother” had told them. My client was a small, dynamic company that produced kombucha, a natural fermented drink believed to have significant health benefits. The group had asked me to help them figure out how to...

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The Deep Why

It doesn't seem to come naturally for people to take the time to connect deeply with WHY. Despite Simon Sinek's best efforts, there's still a strong urge to jump to WHAT. But there's so much reward (clarity, engagement, energy, moral authority, creativity...) to be...

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The Generosity of Seeing and Receiving

In my work over the past several months, I've been accompanying a beautiful social experiment - a non-profit called daana. It's been a joy, with many valuable lessons for our times.   "Daana" is Sanskrit for "the practice of generosity," which the Buddha taught was...

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Living Down to Expectations

I was in a discussion recently about how to craft the invitation to an upcoming conference. Up to now, much of the vision for the event has centered on the need for a systemic approach - for helping the complex web of stakeholders to see themselves as a single...

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