Tag Archives: systems

How Do We Do It?

“If you don’t know something is possible, you can’t choose to do it.” – Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, L. Hunter Lovins Natural Capitalism Talk alone is pointless. The best ideas in the world are meaningless unless acted upon. Something must be done. There’s an old proverb that says, “You must give your prayers legs.” Hoping and praying and wishing for a thing will accomplish very little unless you do something. You can pray to your god for years asking to win the lottery, but you have to buy a ticket to have any chance of winning. If we want a …

Why & How?

“Why are organizations, everywhere, whether political, commercial, or social, increasingly unable to manage their affairs? Why are individuals, everywhere, increasingly in conflict with and alienated from the organizations of which they are part? Why are society and the biosphere increasingly in disarray? Today, it doesn’t take much thought to realize we’re in an accelerating, global epidemic of institutional failure. Not just failure in the sense of collapse, such as the Soviet Union, the Berlin Wall, or corporate bankruptcy, but the more common and pernicious form: organizations increasingly unable to achieve the purpose for which they were created, yet continuing to …

What if We Treated Land Differently?

“Solving the land question means the solving of all social questions.” – Leo Tolstoy Having studied sustainability for some 25 years, I’ve had the opportunity to examine many so-called “intentional communities.” These are typically founded by groups of people that, for various reasons, decide to try and create their own community from houses, to land, to businesses. However, most are lacking a solid economic component (called the working environment). Having environmentally sound homes and surrounding yourself with people who love the earth as much as you do will only accomplish so much. In the end, it only serves to create …

Is Sociocracy the Next Evolution of Democracy?

Don’t let the name throw you. Sociocracy is not socialism or even a form of or shade of socialism. Socialism is essentially the control of land, resources, capital, means of production, etc. by a centralized authority such as the State or government. Sociocracy, on the other hand, is a tool, “simply a method for organizing ourselves to live and work together more efficiently and more harmoniously,” as John Buck and Sharon Villines state in their book, We the People: Consenting to a Deeper Democracy – a Guide to Sociocratic Principles and Methods, which is one of the best books in …

Who’s Steering the Ship of State?

Who is really in control of our system? Who’s behind the wheel and where is this road taking us? After reading the last post, one might wonder if we’re all at the mercy of corporate extortion, unchecked development, greed, and politicians who see growth as the only answer. However, as I’ve been saying, it’s the system that is the cause of our problems. A major flaw of that system is the fact that “We the People” do not control the economic rudder. “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure …

Can We Design a Better System?

I believe a metamorphosis of human civilization is possible, but only if we understand that systemic problems require systemic solutions. Until then, we will never be able to overcome the numerous dysfunctions and failings of our world – a world we created haphazardly over time without the full understanding that it too is a system. “… a system has come to mean an integrated whole whose essential properties arise from the relationships between its parts, and ‘systems thinking’ the understating of a phenomenon within the context of a larger whole. This is, in fact, the root meaning of the word …