Thoughts On Thrivability

Traveling the Two Loops

Traveling the Two Loops

In a surprising turn of events, I find myself packing my bags for an accidental, month-long European tour. What is perhaps even more fascinating is that my itinerary has come together as an unintentional journey through Berkana's Two Loops model, a compelling theory...

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The Muddied Waters of Organizational Purpose

The Muddied Waters of Organizational Purpose

Have you noticed how the concept of organizational purpose has become muddy and unclear? In pre-Industrial days, it was understood that a business was nested within a community as well as within a living ecosystem and, therefore, it existed to serve and enhance life...

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Tourism, Hosting & The Practice of Community Wellbeing

Tourism, Hosting & The Practice of Community Wellbeing

As in so many sectors of society, the pandemic has pushed the tourism industry to a point of reckoning. While tourism brings undeniable value to communities and travellers alike, there are also harms that have not been fully acknowledged. And perhaps more importantly,...

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Preparing the Ground for a More Perfect Union

Preparing the Ground for a More Perfect Union

Just over half the US population and much of the rest of the world is puzzling over one question: why would anyone (much less 70 million people) continue to support Trump, given everything he and those associated with him have said and done? In fact, a growing number...

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The Need for Practice Grounds

The Need for Practice Grounds

[This is an excerpt of a chapter in The Age of Thrivability: Vital Perspectives and Practices for a Better World] How do we actively embrace our organizations and communities as living systems and work to cultivate thriving within them? How do we move forward into the...

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Singing in the Dusk

Singing in the Dusk

Last week, I facilitated a virtual summit on the need and opportunity for profound change in how our society cares for its elderly. And as so often happens in my work, there were lessons for all of us, as we look for wiser, more compassionate ways to care for each...

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The Past, Present and Future of Freedom

The Past, Present and Future of Freedom

Last week I kicked off a month-long series of discussions with members of New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility. Our topic is “Live Free and Thrive,” a twist on the state’s strident “live free or die” motto and an exploration of the meaning of freedom in...

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