I have a problem with my neighbors and it's bothering me more than I like to admit. I like having good neighbors and was raised to be a good neighbor, but there's basic problem we can't seem to resolve: They fear and hate dogs; my husband and I have two dogs. Our problem may sound simple, but it's a complex situation. So I decided to use complexity as a lens for exploring what's going on. The idea to do so came to me while attending an online webinar recently. During the webinar, we learned how to use a mind mapping tool...
Leading thinkers in sustainability have known for some time now that a sustainable society can’t be based on continuous consumption. The question was always: how do we get there? A recent column in the New York Times suggests that it’s happening on its own, without any help from us. In “We’re Spent,” journalist David Leonhardt suggests that the drying up of credit and access to easy debt is functioning the same way as environmentalists have suggested that running out of natural resources eventually...
Omigod—I'm due to write a blog and I have nothing to say! Oh, wait, yes I do—I’ve been in South Asia for a few weeks. Why don’t I try to put together some impressions of Asia and compare it from afar to the U.S.? That's what we've been doing over dinner since I've been here. I have been in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore, in recent weeks conducting workshops for young members of business families. Our discussions have given me a cross-section of the current state of business and commerce in South...
Every time I drive through downtown Miami, it strikes me how much the skyline's changed during the past 25 years. The sparse city center forever immortalized in the 1980s by Miami Vice is now a mega-metropolis densely populated by condos and skyscrapers—monolithic structures of steel, concrete, and glass glistening off the waters of Biscayne Bay in the hot sun. And they continue to rise, year after year. What I—along with several thousands of other Miamians—didn't know was that most of these new edifices are eco-...
Adam Kahane’s powerful, 2010 book Power and Love: The Theory and Practice of Social Change brings together two theories and practices that I believe will inform the work we need to do now and in the future to address the critical needs of human existence in the 21st century and beyond. This work centers around addressing the systemic and relational problems that limit our ability to live in harmony with each other and with nature. Many people recognize today that we are facing failure in our social, governmental,...
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