for many years, i've been interested in seeing the world differently. i've wanted to see beyond the western, mechanical view of the world and see what else might appear when the lens was changed. i've learned, just as joel barker predicted when he introduced us to paradigms years ago, that "problems that are impossible to solve with one paradigm may be easily solved with a different one."
i've been applying the lens of living systems theory to organizations and communities. with wonderful colleagues, i've been exploring the question: "how might we organize differently if we understood how life organizes?" it's been an exploration that has helped me look into old patterns and problems and develop new and hopeful insights and practices. it has also increased my sense of wonder for life, and for the great capacity of the human spirit.
i've been a speaker, consultant, and writer since 1973. i've been inside most kinds of organizations – from the girl scouts to the u.s. army, from fortune 100 companies to small town churches– and lived and worked in many different cultures and countries. i love the diversity, and i love even more the realization that around the world, we share a common human desire to live together more humanely and more harmoniously.
my questions, observations, and ideas always appear as articles or talks. you can browse through most of my articles, and learn about videos and audio tapes, on this website. my hope is that your own sense of wonder will compel you to continue exploring the world with new eyes. we need many pioneers and explorers now.
i invite you also to come learn about and join in my work with the berkana institute, which i co-founded in 1992.
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