Thoughts On Thrivability

Do you believe in life before death?

Forget life after death – the bigger question is: do you believe in life before death?  As absurd as the question seems, the evidence would suggest that most of us don't, at least not fully.  And that may be the root cause of the most pressing challenges humanity...

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Work for Human Beings

I'm pretty constantly on my soapbox these days, hawking a view of organizations as living systems.  Included in this new paradigm is a shift in our concept of the work contract, from one that views people as resources or assets to one that recognizes their full role,...

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Talk to the Machine

I had a great time presenting a workshop at the McGill Business Conference on Sustainability this Saturday and got some really good questions and comments. One was about Starbucks and why it started out feeling so alive and authentic and doesn't anymore, for anyone...

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The Key to Sustainability

My work is based on a view of organizations as living systems. Why is this important?  It's the key to sustainability, in every sense of the word. For humanity, and even for most organizations, the challenges we face are too complex and too urgent to solve with...

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Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution

My colleagues and I have had an ongoing debate about whether we should use the phrase “spirit of life” when we talk about the integrative property or force that animates living systems, including ourselves and our organizations. Of course, we mean it in a...

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