The Giving Field

The Giving Field

I often see the emerging concept of regenerative tourism described as “leaving a place better than we found it.” In fact, the basic sentiment is widely shared even beyond tourism, in what Carol Sanford would call the “do good” paradigm. That’s nice, and necessary. But...
Beyond Fight or Flight

Beyond Fight or Flight

We all know about the “fight or flight” response to threat. Sometimes “freeze” gets added to the list. But rarely do we acknowledge that nature also offers the option to “flock.” This came up at a gathering this weekend hosted by...
Rethinking Self-Organization

Rethinking Self-Organization

For years, I’ve found it encouraging to see the concept of “self-organization” steadily gaining popularity in a wide range of business contexts. After all, my own work focuses on recognizing organizations as living systems, which are self-organizing by their...
You have a role to play

You have a role to play

I’m hearing people say: this moment is a battle between good and evil. If that’s true, then we are powerless. Good and evil are forces far bigger than us, far beyond our control. We just have to keep our heads down and hope good will prevail. This perspective is...