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Getting The Universe To Conspire With You

Getting The Universe To Conspire With You

Does the universe seem to conspire with you?  Everything seems to work.  Or does the universe seem to conspire against you?  Nothing seems to work. Building on our global work of the past twenty years at the Institute for Strategic Clarity, my colleagues and I have been building an understanding of the underlying ecology of […]

Is There One Underlying Platform/Substrate to Reality or an Infinite Variety?

Is There One Underlying Platform/Substrate to Reality or an Infinite Variety?

You assume there is only one set of agreements, one reality.  This is the way it is.  If I like it, I like how it is.  If I don’t like it, I don’t like how it is.  And, that’s how it is.  That’s reality, and I cannot change reality.  I can like the experience or […]

You Actually Experience the “Vibrancy” of Things–What Recent Mainstream Science Shows

You Actually Experience the “Vibrancy” of Things–What Recent Mainstream Science Shows

You can tell if you are enjoying an experience.  If you are in the flow.  People the world over, in many different languages, describe this knowing as the vibe, the vibrancy, the energy of the experience or the group. While people in 1,000s of groups my colleagues and I have worked with, in 125 countries […]

4Gen — Bringing Forth the Best of 4 Generations of Leadership — Recommended Readings

4Gen —  Bringing Forth the Best of 4 Generations of Leadership — Recommended Readings

Conley, Chip. Wisdom @ Work: The Making of a Modern Elder. New York: Currency, 2018. Great innovations.  They always come to people when they are in their 20s.  The brilliant wunderkind.  No wait, some of those society-changing innovations came to people in their 40s.  The mastermind.  Oh, and some big-system changes came to people in their […]

4 Kinds of Circle Meetings: Different Forms with Different Results

4 Kinds of Circle Meetings: Different Forms with Different Results

Lots of people say they “sit in circle.”  While sitting in circle is an ancient practice, from quality circles to check-in circles, sitting together in circle has become a common practice.  Two of the key reasons given for forming a circle together are that it gets rid of hierarchy, no head of the table, which […]

Saturday, April 11–Public Online Exploration with Me–From Scarcity to Abundance: Rethinking Money and Other Human Agreements

Saturday, April 11–Public Online Exploration with Me–From Scarcity to Abundance: Rethinking Money and Other Human Agreements

You are invited, to join me and the global ServiceSpace community, for 2 hours exploring abundance-based agreements. This coming Saturday, April 11, starting at 9am PT/12pm ET/5pm GMT/6pm CET, I will share our work in Vibrancy and the Institute for Strategic Clarity. You can sign up to join the call here. I look forward to […]

What You See AS Our Basic Nature Depends On What You See IN Our Basic Nature

What You See AS Our Basic Nature Depends On What You See IN Our Basic Nature

“Everyone knows that …”. “All people are like …”.  The completion of these sentences includes an assumption about human nature.  What you see as human nature. What you see AS human nature depends on what you see IN human nature. Our study of four cosmologies (wisdom traditions, physics, daily experience, strategic systems understanding) suggests nine […]

Homo economicus eunomicus vs Homo eunomicus economicus: Which Comes First, Economic Wealth or Social Well-being?

Homo economicus eunomicus vs Homo eunomicus economicus: Which Comes First, Economic Wealth or Social Well-being?

In defining happiness, two ends of a continuum have emerged, providing completely different exemplars of and pathways to happiness.  One defines happiness by economic wealth, the other by overall wellbeing. The Homo economicus eunomicus hypotheis assumes (1) scarcity and (2) needing to engage the purely rational being.  With success at basic resource needs (economicus) comes […]

It Is Yours to Do

It Is Yours to Do

To decide is a movement towards a future.  Nobel Laureate Herbert Simon framed decisions as including value judgments about a desired future state and factual judgments about how to achieve that goal. To say systems-change is to say love for something, the system, and its future, the change.  Orland Bishop asks, “For the love of […]

A Tribute to a Great Friend

A Tribute to a Great Friend

A tribute, to a great friend, an advocate for abundance-based agreements, an entrepreneur who brought “more life” to millions of people through care for their feet, a philanthropist.  My mentor Jim Throneburg passed last week.  We met 16 years ago.  He inspired me with his work, his vision for what a community—a business—could be.  For […]

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