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Regenerative Organizational Storytelling

It’s a strange phenomenon to see a mainstream acceptance of the sustainability movement, and at the same time to see large extractive and degenerative practices amplified in our globalized economy. The term sustainability has been adopted across just about every industry — even Monsanto is using it to describe their approach [...]

Emergence & Learning

Emergence is a fascinating property of living systems. When we say “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” emergence is that part that makes it greater. It is the substance of unique relationship, and is often impossible to predict — what emerges may contain properties that are not [...]

Complex Challenges and Learning through Dialogue

Most of us possess some degree of the belief that a quick, miraculous fix is on its way. That it’s only a matter of time before some new technology makes our complex problems go away. It’s not too difficult to see how and why this belief is perpetuated and reinforced by [...]

3 Brains are Better than 1

We tend to think of learning as something that happens in our heads. Yet when we are faced with a difficult decision, we might find ourselves ‘trusting our gut’ or ‘following our heart.’ Modern neuroscience is catching up with what we’ve instinctually recognized for a long time. It’s showing that [...]

Re-Patterning Organizations, Guided by Nature

August 10, 2016 I recall as a young student being presented with a diagram, depicting humans on the top of a pyramid representing the food chain. At the bottom were the microorganisms, the fungi, bacteria, etc. Even then I can remember wondering, “don’t bacteria eat everything? Why are they at the [...]

Learning, Makerspaces, and Resilient Communities

July 14, 2016 There was a time, not long ago, when communities produced most of what they needed locally. The blacksmith, the tailor, the shoemaker and the woodworker crafted their products with care as they were likely to end up in familiar hands (or on familiar feet). Through their work local [...]

Augmented Reality and Regenerative Design

May 18, 2016 Augmented Reality combines digital elements with the real world. If you're familiar with Google Glass you probably have a handle on the concept. Or you might find yourself thinking of a scene from one of the Terminator films. Like virtual reality and artificial intelligence, augmented reality promises to [...]

How Patterns, Systems & Design Will Drive Education Futures

May 11, 2016 The human being’s capacity for pattern recognition is extraordinary. Through observation of the patterns found in nature, we have come to understand much about our place in the universe and its interworking. Yet our systems of education and learning are largely organized into separated disciplines taught in states [...]

7 Key Edges for Effective Learning Through Project Work

April 20, 2016 Life can be seen as a series of overlapping projects. These projects are all powerful learning experiences — however, when they are consciously approached as such the growth intensifies as does the quality of the work. Becoming an effective project designer and developer is to become an effective [...]

Developing Multiple Intelligences & The Superficiality of the Modern Diversity Movement

February 2, 2016 A resilient natural system, say an old-growth forest for example, is so because it is highly diverse. A wide range of individual lifeforms have been able to thrive there—allowed to do what they do best as complex, mutually beneficial relationships are formed and perpetually evolved. As a whole [...]