Organizing reflection 11

This is a post in my series on organizing ”between and beyond.” Other posts are here. The purpose of this post is to reflect on subjects occupying my mind. I make no claim to fully believe what I write. Neither do I pretend that others have not already thought or written about the same subject. More often than not, I take up, combine, and add to already existing thoughts and ideas.

What is on my mind?
Emma Taylor (@generativeOD) has started a new project On Feeling and Knowing which I find both interesting and inspiring. I share Emma’s interest in actively cultivating more generative ways of working together. The following core themes have emerged as part of the work:

  • Authenticity — Being in touch with who we are
  • Listening Deeply — Receptivity to openness
  • Letting Go — Embracing the continuous flow of experience
  • Interconnectedness — Grounding self and the other in an ecological context

Emma thinks that:

… we known that this world of unrelenting consumption and economic self-interest will not change unless we … change our ways by turning towards life sustaining business practices. Now is the time when we each need to take responsibility for the work places we co-create. We need to wake up and stop denying that our old ways of working will suffice. … This requires a courageous participation that is centred in purposeful collaboration that reaches beyond individual self interest. Catalysing … acts of openness not judgement and kindness not criticism.1

Emma asks the following questions for those who chooses to see:

  • What if we each just took a deep breath and stepped into the collective vulnerability of our not knowing?
  • What if we allowed the future to form by intentionally letting go to our fixed ideals and objectives?
  • What if we chose to start from a position of truly wanting to understand the other?
  • What if we chose to meet one another exactly where we are, without expectation or shame?
  • What if we allowed ourselves to be fully seen?
  • What does it take to create the conditions in our work places that enable us to show up in all our imperfections?
  • What would it take for us to truly come into contact with each other, to listen, or ask for a helping hand?
  • What will it take for us to breakthrough our sense of disconnection and ever present absence
  • What is our deepest most heartfelt purpose for the world?
  • What are our common threads of connection?
  • What makes us feel truly alive?
  • And, how can we facilitate life affirming conversations?

Yes, what if?

This requires that we see life’s intrinsic value, and act accordingly!

Emma quotes Andreas Weber:

…it could be that the planet is not actually suffering from either an environmental crisis or an economic one. Instead, it could be that the Earth is currently suffering from a shortage of our love.”2

We need to love Life itself, and show it! This includes honoring intrinsic human values—not least at our workplaces.

1 Emma Taylor, About This Project—On Feeling and Knowing (accessed 2018-08-03).
2 Andreas Weber, Matter and Desire: An Erotic Ecology (Chelsey Green Publishing, 2017), p.3.

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Jan Höglund has over 35 years of experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. He shares his reading, book reviews, and learning on his personal blog.

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