Posts tagged with the category Transformative Learning
"I’m Spiritual, But Not Religious"
I’m spiritual, but not religious. I say that quite often and it's also something I hear quite often, typically when I'm getting to know a new friend or an acquaintance and the topic turns to spirituality, meaning-making, defining a sense of purpose, or just pondering the mysteries of a vast and mysterious universe. Whether it's...
Browsing the Business Section
Have you ever visited a bookstore and just browsed through the business section to get a sense of what people are reading? I recently did as part of a Saybrook course, and it proved an interesting, experiential exercise. I felt amidst a unique culture of diverse mindsets and reckoned that these books were specifically available because they mirror...
Systems Thinking: An Essential Skill for Living in the 21st Century
I am attending the annual conference of the International Society of Systems Sciences (or ISSS) along with a number of Saybrook faculty members, students, alumni, and colleagues from around the world. What each person here has in common is an understanding of the complexity that makes up the world we live in today and the urgency to transform the...
Why Do You Ask?
So much of how we make sense of the world starts with the questions we choose to ask. At the same time, the questions we choose to ask are shaped by the way we make sense of the world. Which came first, the question or the answer? A great example of how one can trace the source of our questions to our frames of reference can be found in Edwin A....
Systems Practice for Socio-Cultural Transformation: It Begins with Us
This semester at Saybrook University, I taught a course titled "Systems Practice for Socio-Cultural Transformation." It was co-created with a group of organizational systems students who wanted to experience the implications of moving from systems thinking to systems being and explore other ways of working with systems tools and...
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