Monthly Archives June 2017

What is your contribution to to the whole?

Are you inspired by your achievements or the meaning behind what you achieved?   We all want to have an impact, to make a difference, to create and contribute to the whole. Yet we are all human, and this means we unconsciously lay traps for ourselves. We are afraid of mistakes. We do not believe that our contribution counts. We doubt our expertise. We work tirelessly, heading toward burnout. Or we get hooked on success, become power hungry, thrive on competition and elevate ourselves above others. The heart is your guide to contribution. Passion creates energy because it focuses attention. It organizes life,
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Mutual support: connecting potential

We are here to support each other to grow, to develop, to thrive, and sometimes to survive. When we support each other we live our whole potential. It is not about being equal; it is about each person’s, each stakeholder’s potential to contribute to future possibilities, to the impact. Our contribution only becomes successful if other people’s contributions are also of  high quality. Mutual support is therefore serving ourselves, the other, and the whole. When we mutually support a sustainable future it greatly increases the vitality of a system of actors –  be it a team, an organization or collaborating partner institutions. Life
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Contextuality- Playing together for a sustainable future

The musicians in the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra has much to teach us about contextuality for sustainability. They play their compositions with three parallel levels of attention:  to their fellow-musicians and how they play as a whole,  to the quality and heartfelt intensity of their own playing, and to the music. The purpose of their  playing is to allow the utmost potential of sound to emerge from the notes. This is collective mastery! What can we learn from it? First, if players were in competition, the result would sound terrible. Second, if everybody did not bring his strong individuality to the
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WHOLENESS is more than seeing a collection of parts

  Sensing the whole and leading toward sustainability are closely connected. Yet, when addressing sustainability issues, we are often trained to focus on fragments of reality, on our own narrow part of a larger story and on our specialized field of expertise. This selective perception brings into focus the difference between us and others. We ask ourselves: How do we move beyond selective perception? Could we somehow connect our individual parts and achieve a sense of WHOLENESS? Or is wholeness more than a sum of its parts? Attending to these three elements heads us in the right direction: contextuality, contribution,
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Crisis invites us to move beyond command and control

Recently, a group of ecologists – working with large-scale terrestrial, fresh-water, and marine ecosystem – identified how crisis can add resilience to a system. Ecological change is not uninterrupted and steady –  rather, it is erratic. The slow increases of natural capital, such as biomass or nutrients, are interspersed by sudden releases and reorganizations of that capital – through natural processes or human imposed devastation. However, it is the very introduction of these interruptions which produces environmental diversity and variation. And it is often through attempting to control and lessen such impacts that a system loses resilience.  “That is, a
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