This is a post in my series on organizing ”between and beyond.” Other posts are here. This is a retrospective of what has happened during the week. The purpose is to reflect on the work itself. Here is my previous retrospective.
What has happened? What needs to be done?
This week, I published two new posts in my series on Life in Work / Liv i arbetet:
- Liv i arbetet 5 — Principen om icke-tvång (the principle of no compulsion). This post is based on my review of The Werkplaats Adventure by Wyatt Rawson. There was no use of force – or threat of force in the school. Interestingly, the freedom granted resulted in spontaneous acceptance of responsibility. The children took responsibility, even when the teacher was away. It’s also worth noting that the children didn’t always keep to the rules, even though they had made them themselves – how human! And much of the organization of the school was deliberately left fluid – how unusual! In short, the organizing was based on each child’s intrinsic motivation and value as a human being.
- Liv i arbetet 6 — Om värderingar (about values). Holacracy and sociocracy are based on the same principles. Both also value organizational transparency and effectiveness. However, only Sociocracy emphasizes equivalence, that is, each person’s equal value as human beings. My conclusion is that better ways of organizing ultimately is about values. What do we value most? People or the system? I will return to this in future posts.
And I posted two reflections on generative organizing:
- Organizing reflection 34 — Generative organizing increases individual and organizational freedom, while it balances autonomy and relatedness on all levels. It’s a generative/creative process for well-achieved human relationships, prospering organizations, as well as for an economy in harmony with the biosphere.
Inspiration: Andreas Weber’s The Biology of Wonder.
- Organizing reflection 35 — Generative organizing is self-directed, creative, continual, and reflexive. It’s about expressing our felt sense for a situation. It’s to discover in the real time of the situation how to act effectively.
Inspiration: Peter B. Vaill’s Learning as a Way of Being.
This week, I’ve read:
- The Biology of Wonder: Aliveness, Feeling and the Metamorphosis of Science by Andreas Weber — This is one of the most interesting books I’ve read since I started my reading journey six years ago. I will definitely write a book review!
- Enlivenment: Towards a fundamental shift in the concepts of nature, culture and politics by Andreas Weber — This is a very interesting essay on the same theme as The Biology of Wonder! Here is a direct link to the pdf.
- Learning as a Way of Being: Strategies for Survival in a World of Permanent White Water by Peter B. Vaill. — This is a great book too! Institutional learning, which we all are so familiar with, is the very antithesis of learning as a way of being. Here is a brief review.
And I’m currently reading:
- Emotional Anatomy by Stanley Keleman — This book reads like poetry, and the illustrations are fantastic!
- The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker — I started reading this book yesterday.
What was good? What can be improved?
Andreas Weber opens up most interesting perspectives on the new biology and the shift from Enlightenment to Enlivenment. It is a paradigm shift! I’m familiar with some of Andreas Weber’s references, for example Elinor Ostrom, but some are new. I’m reminded that I need to review Elinor Ostrom’s Governing the Commons: The Evolution of Institutions for Collective Action. I mentioned Ostrom’s book in this and this retrospective almost two years ago. Oops!
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