Category: Rethinking Complexity Posts


A Workplace Without Borders

Over time, people across the world have self-organized themselves in a variety of ways. There are tribes, villages, towns and cities. Then there are city-states, nation-states and even empires. All have cultures, even subcultures that make them distinctive and give them an identity. They have borders that create separation and avenues of commerce that promote… Read more »

Reflections on My Saybrook Experience

When I left my job to start out on my own, after 4.5 years of working with a non-governmental organization (NGO) in underserved communities in Ghana, I knew I wanted to work with people. My experience working in these communities brought me closer to people in a different way. I was slowly able to relate… Read more »

Listening to Find the Truth Within, A Corporate Leader’s Story

Tom was born in the mid-sixties in a family of small self-made entrepreneurs. His destiny had to be to continue the family business, to potentially bring it to its next level of development. The family understood that for that to happen, Tom would have to complete engineering studies. This is where he would successfully learn how to become methodical,… Read more »

Microsoft’s New CEO Signals Radical Shift

Though Wall Street may not thoroughly rally around Satya Nadella to succeed Steve Ballmer as CEO at Microsoft, I believe this so-called “safe choice” is a compelling one because it signals a radical shift in management style at the company. Nadella is described as smart, persuasive and likeable. He’s also known as a great communicator… Read more »

Global Civil Society, Global Citizenship and the Rise of Non-Dualistic Consciousness

Last week, I joined with nearly one thousand public, private and non-profit professionals who came from all around the world, system leaders who gathered at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) along with an equal number of participants who joined via on-line web streaming technology. At the “Global Presencing Forum,” co-sponsored by the MIT CoLab,… Read more »

My Perspective on Leadership

There are numerous definitions of leadership and many books continue to be written on this important subject. In my own experience, leadership starts with awakening to my being to do service in the world by using my innate gifts and talents. It is about alignment with my truth and soul purpose, and leaving a legacy… Read more »

People of Pioneer Square

My name is Christine Haskell and I started People of Pioneer Square (#PeopleofPSQ) to put a face on my neighborhood. Pioneer Square is Seattle’s most popular vice district and the heart of the city (historically and architecturally). I believe that vice districts are created due to benign deglect. I want to understand and make my… Read more »

An Ecology of Life: Systems Theory, Relational Knowing and Stories to Reweave the World

This is the title of a seminar I will be offering next week at Saybrook’s Residential Conference to launch the spring semester. I’m excited to be offering it in collaboration with my dear friend and colleague Nora Bateson who has produced a profound film about her father — the anthropologist and systems theorist Gregory Bateson…. Read more »

Can We Fix Charities in the U.S.?

Dan Pallotta, is a father, activist, and fundraiser who is speaking out against the current way that nonprofits operate. In March, 2013 Pallotta presented a TED Talk that passionately discusses how to change the way we think about a charity. He identifies a double standard—where too many nonprofits are rewarded for how little they spend… Read more »

Is the “Eco-System Economy” Ready for Prime Time?- A Review of “Leading from the Emerging Future”

For anyone interested in 21st century organizational effectiveness, sustainability, integral leadership, conscious evolution and/or societal transformation who has not yet delved into Otto Scharmer’s concept of “presencing” — the practice of “sensing” future possibilities and acting from the presence of what wants to emerge – I invite you to prepare for a most satisfying journey… Read more »