Open mind, heart, and will

Kelby Bird, author of Generative Scribing, reminds us of the importance of staying open. If we close down, we get lost in our own heads. Staying open is a key skill, and a real challenge, while listening and acting.

Three key capacitiesThree blocks
Open Mind
– with Curiosity, we Perceive
– restricts the Open Mind
Open Heart
– with Compassion, we Join
– restricts the Open Hear
Open Will
– with Courage, we Know and Act
– restricts the Open Will
Source: Kelvy Bird, Developing Action-Confidence. 1

1. Kelvy Bird, Developing Action-Confidence: Through the Lens of a Scribe,, Medium. Accessed: 2022-09-30. Published: 2021-11-16.

Related posts:
Book Review: Generative Scribing by Kelvy Bird.
My 10 Year Summary, 4. Conclusions.


The structure of matter can retain the memory of life

The axiom of biology is that energy flow is necessary to maintain the dynamic organization of living systems, and that as soon as the energy flow is interrupted it leads to disintegration and death.

Mae-Wan Ho shares research on the bine shrimp Artemia where the cessation of energy flow does not necessarily lead to death.1 The structure of living matter can, when properly preserved, retain the memory of life itself. It is the structural organization of a protein in the shrimp that may hold the key to this ability.2

1. Mae-Wan Ho, The Rainbow and the Worm: The Physics of Organisms, p. 212.
2. Ibid., p. 213.


The dynamic order within organisms

The pictures on the front page of Mae-Wan Ho’s book The Rainbow and the Worm: The Physics of Organisms show the dynamic order within organisms.

The pictures were taken with polarizing light microscopy.1 The light passing through experiences perfect order att every instant. The molecules in tissues and cells are globally aligned and move coherently as a whole.2 The colors fade when the organism dies.3

1. Mae-Wan Ho, The Rainbow and the Worm: The Physics of Organisms, p. 207.
2. Ibid., p. 208.
3. Ibid., p. 209.


What is good is independent of utility

There are intrinsic goods1 which are independent of utility. Intrinsic goods are, furthermore, more valuable than extrinsic and systemic ones.2 Utility substitutes the complexity of reality with cause and effect mechanisms with ultimate focus on outcomes. Utility suggests that such outcomes can be assessed by calculation (the greatest happiness of the greatest number). There are consequences that are not taken into account because of the difficulty in knowing how much weight to give them. Utility replaces interiority (context and intention) with externalities (consequences) and then calls itself objective.3 Situations become misjudged when only consequences are taken into account. Emotional blunting (deficits in emotional understanding) leads to a calculating and utilitarian approach.4

1. Robert Hartman, Freedom to Live, p. 69.
2. Robert Hartman, The Structure of Value, p. 114.
3. Iain McGilchrist, The Matter with Things, p. 1758.
4. Ibid., p. 1759.


Christopher Alexander on the Nature of Deeper Order

The Real Nature of Human Feeling

There is a way of understanding order which is general. It is a view of order which helps us understand natural beauty and the life in buildings. It is a view which changes our cosmology.

Christopher Alexander assumed the real nature of human feeling

that human feeling is mostly the same, mostly the same from person to person, mostly same in every person.

Christopher Alexander 1

We do feel that there are different degrees of aliveness in things. This feeling is shared by almost everyone. Christopher Alexander tried to honor and respect the reality of this shared human feeling.

The Mechanistic World-Picture

How can we improve a situation when the causes of destruction are so deeply rooted in society?

Christopher Alexander came to believe that we are struggling with a conception of the world that essentially makes it impossible to make buildings well. Our effort is affected by the picture we have of things, the picture we have of the world. We have in us a world-picture that is essentially mechanical in nature, a mechanist-rationalist world-picture. It has entered us like an infection. It affects the way we think. It affects our values, our seeing, and our actions. The nature of order that lies at the root of the problem.

Everything in the world is governed by orderliness. Nature all of it is orderly. But we do not have a language for the presence of order we so clearly feel. How do we create order? What nature of order do we put in? Our assumptions about order enters explicitly in what we create.

What is the order itself? The harmonious coherence which fills and touches us cannot be represented by a mechanism.

Yet it is this harmony, this aspect of order, which impresses us and moves us when we see it in the world.

Christopher Alexander 2

The mechanistic view of order always makes us miss the essential thing. The beauty and order we see cannot be expressed mechanically.

The mechanistic idea of order can be traced to Descartes. His idea was that if you want to know how something works, pretend that it is a machine. It is a convenient way of thinking, something we do to reality in order to understand it. It is not how reality is. A world built only out of mental machines has no feeling of value in it. Value has become a matter of opinion, not intrinsic to the nature of the world.

The mechanistic idea tells us very little about the deep order we feel intuitively to be in the world.

Christopher Alexander 3

The Nature of Deep Order

The real nature of deep order depends on what we recognize as being able to be true or false. In the world-view of Descartes only statements about mechanisms are factual. In the world-view Christopher Alexander is presenting, statements about the relative degree of life, degree of harmony, or degree of wholeness statements about value are also factual. They play a more fundamental role than statements about mechanisms. This is why the view of order which Christopher Alexander presents involves a change of world-view.

Within a world-view in which statements about value are not allowed to be considered as potentially true or false, statements of value are only statements of arbitrary and private opinion. The main philosophical assumption which underlies Christopher Alexander’s arguments is that statements about value can be true. This extended idea of truth is not only objective, but is also directly linked to people’s feelings.

What we need is a sharable point of view…so that we can work together not by confrontation and argument but because we share a single holistic view of the unitary goal of life.

Christopher Alexander 4

Christopher Alexander believed that we need a new view of the world which intentionally sees things in their wholeness, not as parts, and which recognizes life as something real. The relative degree of harmony, or life, or wholeness are basic aspects of order.

The Broad Conception of Life

Christopher Alexander looked for a broad conception of life in which each thing has some degree of life. What he meant, in general, was that every single part of the matter-space continuum has life to some degree.

…we experience degree of life as an essential concept which goes to the heart of our feelings about the natural world, and which nourishes us fundamentally, as a fact about the world.

Christopher Alexander 5

Life exists as a quality. What we feel as life happens just as much in a building as it happens i a biologically living system. Life is a quality of space itself. Life, which we experience as the sun in the face and the wind in the hair, is something which has been removed from our picture of the world.

The quality of life includes us, as human beings. A place which has the deepest life is one in which I reach a deeper level of life inside my self…

Christopher Alexander 6

The quality of life is a pervasive one. The difference in degree of life that we discern is not subjective, but objective. In order to understand life as a phenomenon, Christopher Alexander defined something he called wholeness and centers, the building blocks of wholeness.

…the wholeness is made of parts; the parts are created by the wholeness.

Christopher Alexander 7

After many years of thinking, Christopher Alexander believed that he was able to define the wholeness of a given situation in mathematical language. The general idea is that wholeness in any part of space is defined by the coherent entities that exist in that part of space, and the way these entities are nested in and overlap each other.

The entities are features of the space itself. They are physically and mathematically real. We may think of these entities as parts, or as local wholes, or sub-wholes. They are often created by the wholeness. Each one of these entities exist as a local center within a larger whole. We experience it as a center. It is a phenomenon of centeredness.

There is a mathematical reason for thinking of the coherent entities as centers. The centers always become centers as a result of the configuration as a whole. They are focal points in a larger unbroken whole. The wholeness in any part of space is highly fluid. It changes continuously through time. The centers are formed within the wholeness. The whole is not created out of them. They are modified and adapted by their position within the whole. They are similar, but different.

Wholeness always exists, whether the place is good or bad, lifeless or alive. But the degree of life which exists at that place also comes from the wholeness. Life comes from it. The unfolding wholeness might one day be understood as underlying the entirety of everything we know as nature. Centers exist throughout the natural world. It is real physical organization. The strength of any center is a measure of its organization. The stronger the center, the more powerful its impact on other centers.

The Fifteen Fundamental Properties

Christopher Alexander began to notice that buildings and objects which have life have certain characteristics. He identified those examples which had greater life or wholeness judged by the degree of wholeness they induced in him, assuming what he felt was real, reliable, and shared with others.

Christopher Alexander identified fifteen fundamental properties. They occur repeatedly in those artifacts which have life. They also occur repeatedly throughout all of nature. The fifteen properties are interdependent. This interdependence seems to contain a hint of something else, which somehow lies behind the properties.

The fifteen properties are rough approximations of some deeper structure, some deeper order. This deeper order is something which allows the fifteen properties to emerge from it. This something is some kind of field in which centers create wholeness and wholeness intensifies centers. Wholeness occurs in space as an attribute of space itself.9

A New View of Nature

The concept of wholeness depends on the idea that different centers have different degrees of life. Every part of nature has its wholeness and degrees of life. The relative degree of life in different parts of matter is a fundamental feature of reality. Different centers have more or less life. Material structures in which centers have more life are inherently more valuable. The harmony of life is something to rejoice in and to protect.

Value, emerging as a deeper life in the wholeness of the world, turns out to be a fundamental aspect of nature itself.

Christopher Alexander 10

Often our actions are att odds with the wholeness of the world, and our own wholeness. Our actions may reach deeper of value by increasing wholeness, or they may break down value by destroying wholeness. Life will increase, or decrease, according to the degree of wholeness that is upheld, or not. Actions which contribute to the wholeness in the world are of vital importance.

1. Christopher Alexander, The Nature of Order: An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe, Book 1 – The Phenomenon of Life, p. 3.
2. Ibid., p. 15.
3. Ibid., p. 16.
4. Ibid., p. 21.
5. Ibid., p. 35.
6. Ibid., p. 61.
7. Ibid., p. 84.
8. Ibid., pp. 239–41.
9. Ibid., p. 238.
10. Ibid., p. 294.


David Bohm and F. David Peat on Deeper Order

David Bohm and F. David Peat explored the meaning of order in Science, Order, and Creativity. They investigated order in science, creativity, and life in general. Our values, and the ways in which we perceive the world, communicate, and act are held in particular kinds of order.

To live within the context of a given order is to exercise a particular perception of the world. Order becomes the basis of behaviour, action, communication, and motivation. This does not mean that a particular order acts causally to produce these effects, but rather the whole spectrum of a person’s (and a society’s) values, motivations, perceptions, and communication actually is that order.

—David Bohm & F. David Peat, Science, Order, and Creativity, p. 281.

Bohm and Peat propose that conflicts within society, and within ourselves, can be traced to contradictions deep within order. What is most significant is not a new idea or theory, but the transformation of order.

Bohm and Peat emphasize that order itself should not be thought of as being single and well-defined. Rather it is a nesting of several different orders. Ideas flow out of order and then feed back to in-form it. Order that is not open to conscious introspection is restraining us.

The orders within which we live are deeply entwined and enfolded in other orders. Some of them reach down into the human body. Only limited aspects of this deeper order can be made available at any one time for conscious reflection and explicitly shared communication.

When Bohm and Peat speak about the need to transform order, it must take place at many levels at once, including verbal reflection and felt sense. A change in order involves a major perceptual shift. While it is always possible to bring certain insights into conscious awareness, others remain hidden.

A new idea often appears more or less complete. Only later are the logical steps constructed. Thinking includes, but also goes beyond the verbal, and the visual, into bodily experience. Thinking always includes components that are not available for introspection. Thinking cannot be reduced to logical algorithms.

Free and open communication is important. Indigenous societies give significance to talking circles where each person can talk directly from the heart. Their views are heard with respect. Disputes do not dissolve into arguments between factions. A person never leaves the circle until resolution is reached. Conflicts are acknowledged openly. Emphasis is placed on the harmony of the group. There is a shared sense of meaning.

When we say that a particular order…is entrenched, we mean that it is manifest not only in the way people, see think, speak, and act but also in the bricks and stone of their buildings and in the global flow of their electronic data.

—David Bohm & F. David Peat, Science, Order, and Creativity, p. 292.

Order not only resides within an individual. It is enfolded within language and how it is used in different contexts. Order is manifest within the way an organization is structured. It is present in the architecture of the building. A change of order involves a change of perception of the meaning we give to all these structures.

A deeper scientific order contains other orders as limiting cases, for example the orders of quantum theory and relativity. A deeper social order provides a deeper and shared sense of meaning that allows a society to live in a relatively harmonious way.

A particular order determines the way a society acts and the values it holds most important. Resolving environmental and societal issues does not so much involve the need for new technology and new legislation as a change of consciousness. This implies a major transformation in the deeper order of human society.

Architecture Life Thoughts

Wholeness is not breakable into parts

Wholeness is not breakable into parts.

—Skye Hirst

Skye Hirst said in a conversation that “wholeness is not breakable into parts”.1 It caught my attention. I saw it in relation to what Christopher Alexander has been trying to do with patterns.

Christopher Alexander attempted to formulate the principles that lead to a good built environment as patterns. However, he came to believe that patterns themselves are not enough to generate life in buildings.

Christopher Alexander writes:

The [pattern] language, no matter how useful or how powerful, is fallible, and you cannot accept its patterns automatically, or hope they will ever generate a living thing mechanically—becuase…it is only the extent to which you yourself become ordinary and natural, that in the end determines how natural, and free, and whole the building can become.

—Christoper Alexander 2

So long as you are using patterns slavishly, mechanically, they will interfere with your sense of reality…

—Christoper Alexander 3

…the buildings will become alive only when the person who uses the language is himself egoless and free. Only then will he be able to recognize the forces as they really are… But at that moment he no longer needs the language.

—Christopher Alexander 4

Patterns cannot capture the life in buildings because they break the wholeness into parts.

1. Skye Hirst, in a conversation with me, 2022-09-24.
2. Christopher Alexander, The Timeless Way of Building, pp. 540–41.
3. Ibid., p. 542.
4. Ibid., p. 543.

Happiness Inspiration

Återkoppling på min tioårssammanfattning

Återkoppling på min sammanfattning av vad jag har lärt mig sedan jag startade min blogg för tio år sedan (2012-09-26).

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Autognomics Books Holacracy Life Organizing Quakers Sociocracy Value Workplaces

My 10 Year Summary: What I Have Learned


1. Introduction
2. Background
3. My Journey
 3.1. The initial years (2012–2015)
 3.2. The middle years (2016–2018)
 3.3. The final years (2019–2022)
4. Conclusions
5. Afterword
6. Acknowledgments
7. Recommended Books

1. Introduction

I started blogging ten years ago today (Sept 26, 2012). At the same time, I started searching for life-giving ways of working. This is a summary of my journey and what I have learned. It is a personal story of what felt right to me at the time and what I am seeing now. I raised three questions. The answer to the third question about deeper order is a topic for a book in itself.

I may perhaps pass a few ideas along to you that you can relate to in your own life. I mostly really want to communicate how deadly our world has become for so many. It doesn’t have to be this way!

Bookshelves with ten years of reading.

During this time, I wrote 1000 blog posts and gathered 40000 quotes. The links in this post provide entry points to further reading. There is a list of recommended books at the end. I have included links to my book reviews when available.

2. Background

I have 39 years of experience, mostly in industrial R&D. I was trained as a physicist. I learned everything that was to learn and I even taught it. I was good at it. I received ABB Corporate Research’s Mission of The Year award in 2010 for my contribution to ABB’s Software Development Improvement Program.

I have explored a lot of ideas over my lifetime. I am still learning. I am even unlearning. My inquiry into life-giving work became more personal than I had anticipated.

3. My Journey

I saw a little girl this morning,
on her way to school.
It could have been me!
And here I am
on my way to work.
Fifty years later!
Does it have to be this way?

3.1. The initial years (2012–2015)

Little did I know at the start of my journey that I would suffer from depression half a year later. It took a couple of months until I could feel the sun in my face and the wind in my hair again. I think I have helped a lot of people in my workplace, but in that workplace I discovered that I was being killed. I was dying and I didn’t know why. I had to find out what I could do differently.

I found sociocracy two months after the start of my journey. I spent two years studying sociocracy in depth and wrote an ebook on sociocracy (in Swedish) together with John Schinnerer. I learned that the early development of Holacracy was influenced by sociocracy. My review of Brian Robertson’s new book on Holacracy got attention on twitter.

The group-centered decision-making in sociocracy is derived from Quaker practices. Michael Sheeran’s Beyond Majority Rule is to some the definitive guide on the Quakers’ decision-making method. I wanted to learn more and visited the Quakers in Stockholm, Sweden.

Kväkargården, Stockholm, Sweden.

I learned that the Quakers (Friends) don’t just seek consent (as in sociocracy), but seek unity (or concord). It’s a subtle but important difference. I noticed how the Friends deliberately slowed down when there were objections. The Swedish Friends call it “framkallningstid” (development time).

I met a British Friend at the Nordic Friends Yearly Meeting 2017 who had experiences of making decisions in meetings with a thousand participants. He said it worked because they were seeking the sense of the Meeting. The method can also be used successfully in a secular context. It would revolutionize our political system.

Michelle Holliday sent me her new book on thrivability. I love her tree metaphor. We need to recognize life itself in our organizations. We need to move from control to letting life thrive. It is all too easy for us to lose sight of the very quality of livingness. There is a place for control, but that doesn’t mean that it is the best way to deal with work and people.

Sociocracy and Holacracy are based on cybernetic principles. The way of seeing is the engineer’s. Both use control to run the organization. Sociocracy acknowledges that people are not system components, while Holacracy uses the metaphor of people as sensors acting on behalf of the organization. It is a misconception to view people as autonomous rule-following entities. Metaphors both reflect and influence our thinking.

There is a distinction between being autonomic…, and allonomic

—Norm Hirst, Life-itself as organism characteristics – The Autognomics Institute

Norm Hirst makes a very important distinction between machines, which are allonomic, and living organisms, which are autonomic. Organisms come into being and grow into maturity as a whole entity unlike machines that are assembled piece by piece by some other.

Organisms are self-creating, not just self-organizing. Their purpose is not only to fulfill external tasks, but to develop their own life. To be alive is to be able to act. No organism is a machine, let alone an input-output machine (cybernetics).

Comparing an organism to a machine is profoundly misleading…

—Andreas Weber, Biology of Wonder

Andreas Weber emphasizes that it is profoundly misleading to compare an organism to a machine. Machines do not create themselves. They have no own interests. They do not resist being switched off. All organisms experience being alive. They decide, choose, and act according to values. Feeling is the inner experience of meaning. Organisms have to be free out of necessity.

Organism ways will always push to maintain the freedom to be autonomous…

—Skye Hirst, Value Intelligence In All Creative Organisms – The Autognomics Institute

Skye Hirst points out that it is a fundamental principle and an inalienable right for us to be free to act according to our own beinghood. Some people in power try to take it away by imposing overly tight controls. People are living beings, not things to be managed.

It is essential that we have the opportunity to take right and effective actions that are guided by our intrinsic intentions and meanings. This is a prerequisite for a healthy environment where we can learn, adapt, and thrive.

These insights gave me an understanding of my depression. I realized that I couldn’t find effective actions to fully be myself in the workplace. And yet, I was very good at adapting, obeying, and fulfilling expectations.

3.2. The middle years (2016–2018)

My journey took a new turn in 2016 when I started searching between and beyond our traditional ways of organizing work. Many different approaches have been developed over the years. They are often accompanied by a whole industry offering tools, training, consulting, and certification.

David Bohm & F. David Peat, Science, Order, and Creativity, pp. 274–5.

My inquiry was inspired by David Bohm and F. David Peat’s notion of the order between and beyond. I raised three questions in the inquiry:

  1. What existing orders of organizing do we have today?
  2. How are they entwined within each other in ways that are basically incompatible?
  3. What clues to a deeper order can we find in the answers to these questions?

I were never able to answer these questions completely, but they gave a direction to my inquiry:

  1. I made an attempt to answer the first question. The challenge was that the different approaches couldn’t be thought of as being well-defined. Misinformation also became problematic. I discovered quotes that were not accurate, and claims that were not true.
  2. I never answered the second question. As I write this, my working hypothesis is that there is an overcommitment to mechanical order. Many approaches require that people behave as cogs and wheels (or, in the language of cybernetics, as sensors).
  3. Likewise, I never answered the third question. This is a topic for a book in itself. My hypothesis is that in order to sense deeper order we need to pay acute attention to the ways in which we see, think, feel, and act — individually and together. We need to enter into a new way of seeing. We need to examine the edges of our awareness.

Paavo Pylkkänen was a collaborator with David Bohm and is in a great position to comment on David Bohm’s work.

Bohm often used the metaphors of machine and living organisms to illustrate the difference between a mechanical order and a non-mechanical…order…

—Paavo Pylkkänen, Mind, Matter and The Implicate Order, p. 51.

Mechanical order emphasizes external relationships while deeper order draws attention to internal relationships and participation. Bohm thought that it was important to understand the factors which supports communication and coherent action. Changing reality means changing oneself. We always act based on a certain understanding.

You can learn how to let a deeper bodily felt sense come in relation to any specific situation.

—Eugene Gendlin, Focusing, p. vii.

Felt sense is a felt meaning, a bodily understanding. When we become quietly attentive and sensitive we can let our actions be guided by the needs of the situation. Experiencing is always there in the present moment. It is a deeper order in that it is pre-conceptual. Only actual living can grasp living experiencing adequately.

…feeling our needs and having them satisfied is a direct sign of how well we realise (or fail to realise) our aliveness.

—Andreas Weber, Enlivenment, p. 17.

Feeling is directly related to our sense of aliveness. Rational thinking has no way of understanding lived experience. Our ability to think in logical and abstract terms of mechanical order separates us from the world. It is, in fact, our reliance on rational calculation which makes today’s loss of life possible. We need a more qualitative and organic way of understanding. We need to become carefully observant of life itself.

3.3 The final years (2019–2022)

My journey took yet another turn in 2019 when I started painting. I loved it! I discovered that painting moved me into a state of flow, which felt very relaxing, enjoyable, and freeing.

It felt so good, in fact, that I spent hours painting when I came home from work. While painting, I was totally absorbed in the moment. I was totally involved with all my being in something which felt intrinsically satisfying. I felt creatively alive.

—Jan Höglund, Grevens stig, Ängsö, Sweden.

I continued reading and writing, but not as much as previously.

4. Conclusions

At the beginning of my journey, I discovered that I was being killed. I was dying and I didn’t know why. I knew I had to find out what I could do differently. Ten years later, I have learned how to move towards my own aliveness, towards who I am, towards who I was born to be.

We are not only killing ourselves with our organizations, we are killing our planet and all of nature with our western civilization. Our organizations reflect our values and priorities, our ways of thinking. All aspects of life need to be marked by new priorities, new ways of seeing, new perceptions of what is good.

What we find in other organisms is aliveness: ours, and theirs, and that which is the source of all.

—Andreas Weber, Biopoetics, p. 117.

We can discern what enhances aliveness for the simple reason that we are alive. By experiencing aliveness we are able to evaluate the life-giving potential of any situation. Life is contagious with aliveness. Aliveness is intrinsic to life itself.

Life-giving work is about being in the world with a deep sense of caring. It is about listening, seeing, and acting in harmony with Life. It is through gentle action, living from a deeper place, using our whole intelligence, that we can act in harmony with Life’s deeper order.

Kelvy Bird provides a practical example of how to make the unseen, yet felt, inner life of a social field visible in her work as a scribe and visual facilitator. It’s about staying open, listening deeply, and acting in the right time.

Staying open is a key skill…

—Kelvy Bird, Generative Scribing, p. 53.

We need to step deeply into our lives, staying open to the flow of meaning. It is a key skill and a real challenge. It is far too easy to inadvertently close our minds to what is actually going on. I closed my mind during my depression because I was afraid of feeling deeply. I didn’t think it was safe to feel and to express those feelings honestly.

Listen deeply… Trust that a deeper meaning will arrive…

—Kelvy Bird, Generative Scribing, p. 127.

Instead of imposing order we can inquire into what is seeking new order. We can listen deeply for what wants to unfold in the present moment. We can act in the right time as it unfolds. It is all fluid motion!

We can let our next step of thought come from…experiential feedback, rather than only from the concept.

—Eugene Gendlin, Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning, p. xvii.

We can let our thoughts and actions come from our experiencing, rather than from ideas alone. It can lead us to modify our thinking, rather than being confined in it. We can act from a felt sense. This is one of my most important discoveries.

Felt meaning is present whenever actions, observations, and situations occur that have meaning to a person. An individual who is maximally open to his or her experience weighs and balances all the meanings in his or her experience. Change occurs through experiencing.

In summary, I know now that I can choose to stay open and allow myself to feel fully alive. Without natural beauty and a deep connection to the living world, we end up lifeless and depressed. Beauty is felt aliveness. It is also healing.

…help each person reach the deepest place in their own hearts and…help them bring this material out into the open.

—Christoper Alexander, The Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth, p. 117.

Going forward, I want to create conditions that will activate and intensify life itself, with my he-art. Ultimately, it is a question of love — for the planet, for other beings, and for myself. To allow myself to be fully alive is to love myself and the world. Love is the inside of aliveness. Honoring our aliveness is also the best way to ensure our long-term survival as a species.

5. Afterword

My journey became more personal than I had anticipated at the start. My focus was initially on finding systemic answers to my question about life-giving work (for example, sociocracy), but I ended up with intrinsic answers (seeing, being, feeling). I had searched for explicate order, but ended up with a focus on implicate order. I had searched for systemic value (rules), but ended up with giving priority to intrinsic value (love). This is also one of my most important discoveries.

Embrace change…
…be present.
Work is…creating.
Create a nurturing…environment.
Love the workers…before the work.
Make time for community…

—Tess Jette, Six pillars of a life giving workplace – The Autognomics Institute

Life-giving work can only happen when all people are free to use their brains and hearts. It can be done in many ways, but it always has to be done wholeheartedly. Stay open, listen deeply, act at the right time, and trust your felt sense! It can be this way!

6. Acknowledgments

I would like to thank the Friends in Sweden for generously sharing their knowledge in group-centered decision-making. It’s one thing to read about it, it’s quite another to experience it! Thank you!

I would also like to give my heartfelt thanks to Skye Hirst, who coached me in the writing of this post. We have had an ongoing dialogue since 2017. Thank you for accompanying me on this journey — both as a coach and as a friend!

Finally, thank you, dear reader, if you have read this far! You can reach me or follow me here.

7. Recommended Books

This is a long list. Authors who have influenced me most are Christopher Alexander, David Bohm, Henri Bortoft, Eugene Gendlin, and Robert Hartman. I have found myself going back to their books again and again. All have something to say about deeper order.

Christopher Alexander’s books hold a special place in my library.

Abram, D., The Spell of the Sensuous
Abram, D., Becoming Animal.
Addleson, M., Beyond Management
Agerbeck, B., The Graphic Facilitator’s Guide
Alexander, C., The Timeless Way of Building
Alexander, C., The Nature of Order: Book 1 – The Phenomenon of Life
Alexander, C., The Nature of Order: Book 2 – The Process of Creating Life
Alexander, C., The Nature of Order: Book 3 – A Vision of a Living World
Alexander, C., The Nature of Order: Book 4 – The Luminous Ground

Alexander, C., et al., A Pattern Language
Alexander, C., et al., The Battle for the Life and Beauty of the Earth
Amabile, T., & Kramer, S., The Progress Principle
Arrien, A., The Four-Fold Way
Arrien, A., The Second Half of Life
Artur, B.W., The Nature of Technology
Atran, S., Talking to the Enemy

Bache, C.M., The Living Classroom
Bache, C.M., Dark Night, Early Dawn
Bache, C.M., LSD and the Mind of the Universe
Baghai, M., & Quigley, J., As One
Baldwin, C., & Linnea, A., The Circle Way
Ballé, M., & Ballé, F., Lead With Respect
Banishoeib, F., The Poetry of Leadership
Bateson, N., Small Arcs of Larger Circles
Beck, K., Extreme Programming Explained
Bennis, W., Organizing Genius
Benson, H., The Relaxation Response
Bergstrand, J., Reinventing Your Enterprise
Bird, K., Generative Scribing
Brikinshaw, J., Reinventing Management
Blake, A., The Supreme Art of Dialogue
Blake, A., A Gymnasium of Beliefs in Higher Intelligence.
Blake, A., The Intelligent Enneagram.
Block, P., Community
Block, P., Flawless Consulting
Block, P., The Answer to How is Yes
Block, P., The Empowered Manager
Block, P., Stewardship
Bogsnes, B., Implementing Beyond Budgeting
Bohm, D., On Creativity
Bohm, D., On Dialogue
Bohm, D., Unfolding Meaning
Bohm, D., Wholeness and the Implicate Order
Bohm, D., Quantum Theory
Bohm, D., The Special Theory of Relativity
Bohm, D., & Biederman C., Bohm-Biederman Correspondence
Bohm, D., & Hiley B., The Undivided Universe
Bohm, D., & Peat F.D., Science, Order, and Creativity
Bornstein, D., How to Change the World
Bortoft, H., The Wholeness of Nature (My tweets from the book compiled by Simon Robinson)
Bortoft, H., Taking Appearance Seriously (Excellent book review by Simon Robinson)
Brafman, O., & Beckstrom A., The Starfish and the Spider
Brogan, K., A Mind of Your Own
Brooks, F.P., The Mythical Man-Month
Brown, J., The Art and Spirit of Leadership
Brown, J., & Isaacs, D., The World Café
Briggs, J., & Peat, F.D., Turbulent Mirror
Briskin, A., The Stirring of Soul in the Workplace
Briskin, A., Erickson, S., Ott, J. & Callanan, T., The Power of Collective Wisdom
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Buhner, S.H., The Lost Language of Plants
Buhner, S.H., The Secret Teachings of Plants
Bungay, S., The Art of Action
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Bush. R.A.B., & Folger, J.P., The Promise of Mediation
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Cameron, J., The Artist’s Way
Campbell, J., The Power of Myth
Capra, F. & Luisi, P.L., The Systems View of Life
Carson, R., Silent Spring
Chaitin, G., The Limits of Mathematics
Chaitin, G., The Unknowable
Chang Ha-Joon, Bad Samaritans
Chase, S., Roads to Agreement
Cleveland, H., Nobody in Charge
Cloke, K., & Goldsmith, J., The End of Management
Conley, C., Peak
Cori, J.L., The Emotionally Absent Mother
Cox, G., et al., A Quaker Approach to Research
Csikszentmihalyi, M., Creativity
Csikszentmihalyi, M., Flow
Chomsky, N., On Anarchism.
Chödrön, P., When Things Fall Apart

de Geus, A., The Living Company
de Maré, P., et al., Koinonia
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Deci, E.L., & Ryan, R.M., Intrinsic Motivation and Self-determination in Human Behavior
Dehnugara, K., Flawed but Willing
Dekker, S., The Safety Anarchist.
DeMarco, T., Slack
DeMarco, T., & Lister, T., Peopleware
Deming, W.E., et al., The Essential Deming
Denning, S., The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management
Dimitrov, V., A New Kind of Social Science
Earls, M., Herd
Edmondson, A.C. Teaming
Edwards, B., Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
Elgin, D., The Living Universe
Ellison, S.S., Taking the War Out of Our Words
Emery, F., & Thorsrud, E., Democracy at work

Fairtlough, G., The Three Ways of Getting Things Done
Ferguson, M., The Aquarian Conspiracy
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Frankl, E.F., Yest to Life.
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Fukuoka, M., The One-Straw Revolution

Gallwey, W.T., The Inner Game of Tennis
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Gendlin, E.T., Focusing
Gendlin, E.T., Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning
Gendlin, E.T., A Process Model
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Goodwin, B., Nature’s Due
Graeber, D., Bullshit Jobs
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Griffin, D., The Emergence of Leadership
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Grof, S., When the Impossible Happens
Grof, S., The Cosmic Game
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Gruen, A., The Insanity of Normality
Guendelsberger, E., On the Clock.

Hamilton, D.M., Everything is Workable
Harding, S., Animate Earth
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Hartman, R.S., The Structure of Value
Hartman, R.S., Five Lectures on Formal Axiology.
Hartman, R.S., The Revolution Against War.
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Hensel, M., Menges, A., Weinstock, M., et al., Emergence
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Ho, M-W., Living Rainbow H2O
Ho, M-W., Meaning of Life and the Universe .
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Holman, P., Engaging Emergence
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Hock, D., One From Many
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Hoffman, D., The Voice Dialogue Anthology
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Holt, J., Learning All the Time.
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Hutchins, G., The Illusion of Separation
Hutchins, G., The Nature of Business
Inamori, K., A Compass to Fulfillment

Isaacs, W., Dialogue

Jaworski, J., Source
Jaworski, J., Synchronicity
Jung, C.G., Answer to Job
Jung, C.G., & Pauli, W., Atom and Archetype
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Johnson, R.A., Owning Your Own Shadow
Johnson, S., Emergence
Johnstone, K., Impro
Jonas, H., The Phenomenon of Life
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Jones. M., The Soulf of Place.
Joy, L., How Does Societal Transformation Happen?
Joy, W.B., Joy’s Way
Järvensivu, T., Managing (in) Networks

Kahane, A., Collaborating with the Enemy
Kahane, A., Power and Love
Kahane, A., Solving Tough Problems
Kauffman, S., At Home in the Universe
Kauffman, S., Reinventing the Sacred
Kay, J., Obliquity
Keeney, B., The Bushman Way of Tracking God
Kegan, R., & Lahey, L., How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work
Keleman, S., Emotional Anatomy
Keller, E.F., A Feeling for the Organism
Kendzior, S., Hiding in Plain Sight.
Kidd, E., First Steps to Seeing
Kingsley, P., A Story Waiting to Pierce You
Kinglsey, P., In the Places of Wisdom
Kingsley, P., Catafalque, Volume 1 & 2
Kirkpatrick, D., Beyond Empowerment
Koestenbaum, P., & Block, P., Freedom and Accountability at Work
Koestenbaum, P., Leadership.
Kohn, A., Punished by Rewards
Kohn, A., The Myth of the Spoiled Child
Koestler, A., The Ghost in the Machine
Koestler, A., The Sleepwalkers
Kotler, S., & Wheal, J., Stealing Fire
Kramer, N., The Unfoldment
Kuenkel, P., Mind and Heart
Kuenkel, P., The Art of Leading Collectively

Lamott, A., Bird by Bird
Laszlo, C., & Brown, J.S., et al., Flourishing Enterprise
Laszlo, E., How Can We Build a Better World?.
Lawlor, R., Voices of the First Day
Lee, B., Artist of Life
Lee, B., Striking Thoughts
Lehrs, E., Man or Matter
Leonard, G., Mastery
Leonard, G., & Murphy, M., The Life We are Given
Leonard, G., The Silent Pulse.
Leonard, G., The Way of Aikido.
Levine, S.K., Poiesis
Lieberman, M.D., Social
Lievegoed, Phases
Lipton, B.H., The Biology of Belief
Lowen, A., Joy.

MacKenzie, G., Orbiting the Giant Hairball
Macy, J., & Brown, M.Y., Coming Back to Life
Madsen, B., & Willert, S., Survival in the Organization
Malone, T.W., The Future of Work
Mandelbrot, B.B., The Fractal Geometry of Nature
Mannix, K., With the End in Mind
Margulis, L., & Sagan, D., What is Life?
Marshall, P., A History of Anarchism.
Marquet, L.D., Turn the Ship Around!
Maslow, A.H., The Farther Reaches of Human Nature
Maslow, A.H., Maslow on Management
Maturana, H.R., & Varela, F.J., The Tree of Knowledge
May, R., The Discovery of Being
Mayer, E.L., Extraodrinary Knowing.
McCallum, I., Ecological Intelligence
McChrystal, S., et al., Team of Teams
McGilchrist, I., The Divided Brain and the Search for Meaning.
McGilchrist, I., The Master and His Emissary .
McGilchrist, I., The Matter with Things.
McGregor, D., The HumanSide of Enterprise
McInnes, W., Culture Schock
Mead, G., Coming Home to Story
Merrell, F., Becoming Culture
Merrell, F., Change through Signs of Body, Mind, and Language
Meyer, E., The Culture Map
Meyer, R., & Meijers, R., Leadership Agility
Midgley, M., The Myths We Live By
Miller, T., & Hall, G., Letting Go
Milton, J.P., Sky Above, Earth Below
Mintzberg, H., The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning
Mithen, S., The Prehistory of the Mind
Morris, T., If Aristotle ran General Motors
Murphy, M., The Future of the Body

Nachmanovitch, S., The Art of Is.
Nachmanovitch, S., Free Play.
Neal, C., & Neal, P., The Art of Convening
Nelson, S., Living in Flow.
Neumeier, M., The Designful Company
Nicholson, D.J., & Dupré, J., et al., Everything Flows.
Nielsen, J.S., The Myth of Leadership
Norman, D.A., The Design of Everyday Things
Norman, D.A., Emotional Design

O’Donohue, J., Anam Ċara
O’Donohue, J., To Bless the Space Between Us
O’Donohue, J., Eternal Echoes
O’Donohue, J., Divine Beauty
Ostrom, E., Governing the Commons
Ostrom, E., Understanding Institutional Diversity
Owen, H., The Spirit of Leadership
Owen, H., Wave Rider
Owen, H., The Power of Spirit
Owen, H., Open Space Technology

Paul, M., Inner Bonding
Palmer, P.J., A Hidden Wholeness
Palmer, P.J., Let Your Life Speak
Palmer, P.J., The Active Life
Palmer, P.J., The Courage to Teach Guide
Papert, S., Mindstorms
Parker, P., The Art of Gathering
Parlett, M., Future Sense
Pascale, R.T., Millemann, M., & Gioja., L., Surfing the Edge of Chaos
Peat, F.D., Blackfoot Physics .
Peat, F.D., From Certainty to Uncertainty
Peat, F.D., Gentle Action
Peat, F.D., Infinite Potential
Peat, F.D., Pathways of Chance.
Peat, F.D., Synchronicity
Peat, F. D., The Philosopher’s Stone
Peirce, P., The Intuitive Way
Peltier, B., The Psychology of Executive Coaching
Penrose, R., Fasion, Faith, and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe.
Penrose, R., Shadows of the Mind
Penrose, R., The Road to Reality
Peppers, C., & Briskin, A., Bringing Your Soul to Work
Perls, F., Gestalt Therapy
Perls, F., Gestalt Therapy Verbatim
Pink, D.H., A Whole New Mind
Pink, D.H., Drive
Pink, D.H., To Sell is Human
Plotkin, B., Nature and the Human Soul
Plotkin, B., Wild Mind
Plotkin, B., Soulcraft
Polanyi, M., The Tacit Dimension
Pollan, M., How to Change Your Mind
Polyani, M., Personal Knowledge
Poynter, J., The Human Experiment
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Quillien, J., Clever Digs.

Radin, D., Supernormal
Radin, D., The Conscious Universe
Ramquist, L., & Eriksson, M., Integral Management
Ramquist, L., & Eriksson, M., Manöverbarhet
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Remen, R.N., Kithcen Table Wisdom.
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Robinson, K., The Element
Robinson, K., Finding Your Element
Robinson, S., & Moraes Robinson, M., Holonomics
Robinson, S., & Moraes Robinson, M., Customer Experiences with Soul.
Rodgers, C., Informal Coalitions
Roeper, A., The “I” of the Beholder
Rogers, C., A Way of Being
Rogers, C., Client-Centered Therapy
Rogers, C., On Becoming a Person
Rogers, C., On Personal Power
Rogers, C., & Stevens, B., Person to Person
Rogers, C., Kirschenbaum, H., & Henderson, V.L., The Carl Rogers Reader
Rosen, R., Life Itself
Rosenberg, M.B., Nonviolent Communication
Rosenberg, M.B:, Speak Peace in a World of Conflict
Rosenzweig, P., The Halo Effect
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Rother, M., Toyota Kata
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Siegel, D., The Developing Mind
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Snowden, D., et al., Cynefin.
Sousanis, N., Unflattening
Stacey, R., Managing Chaos
Stacey, R., Managing the Unknowable
Stacey, R., Complexity and Organizational Reality
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Stacey, R., Complexity and Group Processes
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Streatfield, P.J., The Paradox of Control in Organizations
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Sutton, R., Good Boss, Bad Boss

Tarnas, R., The Passion of the Western Mind
Thompson, W.I., Coming Into Being
Tippett, K., Becoming Wise
Tonn, J.C., Mary P. Follet: Creating Democracy, Transforming Management
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Ury, W., The Power of a Positive No

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Thinking Thoughts

David Bohm on thought processes

Thought processes have a striking resemblance to quantum processes. David Bohm writes in his book on Quantum Theory that:

If a person tries to observe what he is thinking about at the very moment that he is reflecting on a particular subject, it is generally agreed that he introduces unpredictable and uncontrollable changes in the way his thought proceed thereafter.1

…a person can always describe approximately what he is thinking… But as he tries to make the description precise, he discovers that either the subject of his thought or their trend or sometimes both become very different from what they were before he tried to observe them.2

…thought processes appears to have indivisibility of a sort.3

…thought processes and quantum systems are analogous in that they cannot be analyzed too much in terms of distinct elements, because the “intrinsic” nature of each element is not a property existing separately from and independently of other elements but is, instead, a property that arises partially from its relation with other elements.4

The logical process corresponds to the most general type of thought process as the classical limit [of the quantum theory] corresponds to the most general quantum process.5

In the logical process, we deal with classifications. These classifications are conceived as being completely separate but related by the rules of logic…6

In any thought process, the component ideas are not separate but flow steadily and indivisibly. An attempt to analyze them into separate parts destroys or changes their meanings. Yet there are certain types of concepts…in which we can…neglect the indivisible and incompletely controllable connection with other ideas. Instead, the connection can be regarded as…following the rules of logic.7

…just as life as we know it would be impossible if quantum theory did not have its…classical limit, thought as we know it would be impossible unless we could express its results in logical terms. Yet, the basic thinking process probably cannot be described as logical.8

…a new idea often comes suddenly, after a long and unsuccessful search and without any apparent direct cause. …if the intermediate indivisible nonlogical steps occuring in an actual thought process are ignored,…then the production of new ideas presents a strong analogy to a quantum jump.9

We may…ask whether the close analogy between quantum processes and our inner experiences and thought processes is more than a coincidence. … [Niels] Bohr suggests that thought involves such small amounts of energy that quantum-theoretical limitations play an essential role in determining its character.10

Bohr’s hypothesis is not…in disagreement with anything that is now know. And the remarkable point-by-point analogy between the thought processes and quantum processes would suggest that a hypothesis relating these two may well turn out to be fruitful.11

…the behavior of our thought processes may perhaps reflect in an indirect way some of the quantum-mechanical aspect of the matter of which we are composed.12

Maybe thought processes provide the same kind of experience of quantum theory that muscular force provide for classical theory? The concept of force obtained from common experience is correct when there is a great deal of friction. (Force is proportional to the acceleration according to Newton’s second law of motion.)

1. David Bohm, Quantum Theory, p. 169.
2. Ibid..
3. Ibid..
4. Ibid..
5. Ibid., pp. 169–70.
6. Ibid., p. 170.
7. Ibid..
8. Ibid..
9. Ibid..
10. Ibid..
11. Ibid., p. 171.
12. Ibid., p. 172.