I tweet quotes from the books I read from my twitter account @janhoglund. Here is a compilation of the most retweeted and liked quotes from Michelle Holliday’s upcoming book The Age of Thrivability: Vital Perspectives and Practices for a Better World (in italics):
… thrivability – the intention and practice of enabling life to thrive as fully as possible, at every level.
… what if we made it our primary intention and goal to enable life to thrive …?
… our … role is not to tightly control … but to cultivate the necessary fertile conditions for life to self-organize …
… systems thinking remained (and still generally remains) grounded in a mechanistic model …
… the persistence of mechanistic thinking … is valuable to some degree and absurd if taken as the total view.
Even Deming’s forward-looking systems vision was implemented in mechanistic fashion.
… the patterns and larger goal of all life … [is] to connect to itself in ever more complex forms …
… all life is … a single interwoven tapestry of living, evolving, creative organisms.
… engaging … life in our organizations and communities … unleash unprecedented wisdom, collaboration, creativity and impact.
If … divergence is not integrated into the whole, then the living system … is jeopardized.
… the real point of our efforts is to participate in and support life’s ongoing ability to thrive.
… the mechanistic view of organizations as machines prompts us to put people in service of infrastructure and process …
When infrastructure is … in service of the life in an organization, what naturally emerges is what I call Practical Play.
We have mistakenly assumed that play is the opposite of work.
Seeing the organization as one coherent living system … opens up new possibilities.
When we see organizations as living ecosystems, the goal more naturally shifts to enabling life to thrive …
… the most effective solutions will be those generated by the organization itself.
… our opportunity – and pressing need – is to participate consciously, intentionally and in harmony with life’s processes …
… “thrivability” – … can be understood as the intention and practice of crafting an organization as a “space for life.”
… “responsibility” … is most of all “response-ability.”
What is needed in the Age of Thrivability is … integration of … [divergence, relationship, wholeness, self-integration].
For some reason, it’s only MBA students who ask me: how do you measure thrivability?
… fundamentally reconceiving the organization and our role within it is the most powerful “social innovation” possible.
Book Review: The Age of Thrivability