Japanese aesthetic ideals

Aesthetics in Japan is seen as an integral part of daily life and include ancient ideals like: Yūgen (幽玄), an awareness of the Universe that triggers emotional responses too deep and powerful for words; 1 Wabi, transient and stark beauty; Sabi, the beauty of natural aging. In Zen philosophy there are seven principles for achieving […]

The ecology of perception and language

Here is a seminar on The Ecology of Perception and Language with David Abram.1 He is author of two books – Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology and The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World – and is best known for his work bridging phenomenology with ecology. Specific topics covered in […]

Abolish human rentals

abolishhumanrentals.org makes principled arguments against the rental of human beings. By analogy, inalienable rights invalidate slavery. People today cannot willfully sell themselves into slavery, even without coercion. Legally and socially slavery is unacceptable even with the consent of the slave, The same inalienable rights also invalidate the rental of humans. Human rentals bears no more […]

Ett exempel på värdegrund

För några år sedan hörde jag en föreläsning av Nirvan Richter, grundare av Norrgavel. Föredraget handlade dels om hantverket i möbelsnickeri, dels om Norrgavels värdegrund. Nirvan Richter är en färgstark person med starka värderingar. Norrgavels värdegrund är tredelad och har ett humanistiskt, ett ekologiskt och ett existensiellt perspektiv: Humanistisk – om människan: Ambitionen är alltid […]

Craftsmanship and meaning making

“Meaning is created through a craft approach to life.” — Alan Moore Here is the story about the transformation of Gränsfors Bruk into an innovative, sustainable, and lightweight company. It’s a story of transforming a company from a mass production-style manufacturer, to a small scale, high quality shop with skilled, dedicated, and engaged co-workers. It’s […]

The Elements

The Elements with Joseph Jaworski is an interesting series of short videos on: Generative Strategy — integrating experience along the strategic path as it unfolds Discovery — The heart of the entrepreneurial impulse is your capacity to discover new ways to grow a business Power Of Intention — opening doors with commitment Generative Dialogue — […]

The goal of strategy

The following is from Dan Gray’s blog post about Stephen Bungay’s book The Art of Action: How Leaders Close the Gaps between Plans, Actions and Results. Stephen Bungay is a military historian who has examined the nineteenth-century Prussian army. There are some unexpected strategy lessons here. At least for me. The goal of strategy, according […]

What if the organization is a living system?

Holacracy is described as a new operating system 1 for evolution-powered organizations. It’s a punchy analogy which people understand. What people seem to forget is this: The operating system as a metaphor requires people to execute the programming code, but people aren’t microprocessors. This might seem like playing with words, but metaphors both reflect and […]

The New Metaphysics

There are newly evolving assumptions in science which challenge the assumptions of classical science. Below is a comparison of the classsical and evolving scientific worldviews  as proposed by Willis Harman. The table is a summary of Figure 15.6 in The Conscious Universe by Dean Radin. Orthodox “Separateness” Science Proposed “Wholeness” Science Basic Assumption: Basic Assumption: […]