Saturday, July 9, 2011, marked a great milestone for the African continent with the birth of a new nation—the Republic of South Sudan. Traditional and contemporary media outlets across the globe highlighted the new nation's independence day celebrations as they unfolded in Juba, South Sudan’s capital. As many countries welcome South Sudan to the United Nations and the world stage, images and voices jubilant with exhilaration light up television screens, Internet-based forums, and all media celebrating the monumental, self-...
In the 2003 book Mapping the Organizational Psyche: A Jungian Theory of Organizational Dynamics and Change, authors John G. Corlett and Carol S. Pearson model the organizational psyche in two layers: conscious and unconscious. The authors assert that the ego-driven actions and behaviors of those leading the organization manifest activity and shape organizational culture. The unconscious layer—the heart of psychologist Carl Jung’s analytical psychology—provides the psychic energy necessary for conscious actions....
Who do we punish? Who do we blame? Or do we have a better option? A state investigation of the Atlanta public schools released last week identified 44 schools and at least 178 teachers and principals that systematically corrected student test answers in order to artificially inflate scores on the state’s mandated competency test. Governor Nathan Deal, according to a report in the July 5 New York Times, accused Atlanta school administrators of sanctioning a culture of fear, intimidation and retaliation which led to a...
Sustainability is a global challenge. But in every place around the world, it requires a local response. The particularity of the problems—and also of the solutions—is connected to the culture and circumstances of specific places. Some of the work I’m doing in central Mexico involves coaching ecosocial entrepreneurs and designing learning processes to translate ideas into action to regenerate social and environmental conditions. A few weeks ago, I was part of a learning event that was a collaboration between my nonprofit...
I am rethinking complexity. I used to think that complexity occurs through dynamically changing, unpredictable systems that create the potential for chaos and random behavior, but I’m learning that there’s more to it. Last weekend I spent some time with a couple of good friends. One is a knowledgeable psychotherapist who does some of the hardest work in the world from my perspective. In a town infused with violent gang activity (this city could be anywhere in the U.S.), my friend—who I’ll call her Amy (not her real name...
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