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What is an underlying question that gives form to your work or interest in this field?
How do we use our collective intelligence to reconnect
to the infinite Universe of Possibilities and co-create a society that
is just, thriving, and in symbiosis with the natural environment?
What is your personal experience of collective
wisdom in groups?
In a creative session I co-facilitated, participants
were to work in small groups, for about 4 hours, on the same topic,
and with no direct interactions between the groups. At the end of the
session, during the report out, I was amazed at the congruence between
the ideas presented by each one of the groups. It’s like participants
had worked together for the entire session. When the time has come for
an idea/strategy/understanding/solution to emerge, it will do so from
multiple independent places, simultaneously. It’s in the energy
What is it about the work in this field that excites
you and connects you to your own deepest self?
I find the principle of “Coherence” –
that everything is already whole and that our task, as a collective,
is to look for the ways that it is – very liberating and empowering.
It means that the solutions we seek, in fact, already exist, and that
if we open ourselves enough to the possibilities and listen to our collective
wisdom, we can resolve all the problems we face.
I am fascinated by the living systems’ principles
of self-organization and emergence.
Please provide a brief storyline or snapshot of
what brought you to this work.
I feel I have been preparing myself for this work for
the past 14 years. I am currently in transition, professionally, and
I have decided to launch my own consultancy. My work is grounded in
systems thinking, the application of living systems theory to organizational
change, adaptive leadership, and collaborative design.
My doctoral dissertation, which focused on the understanding
of an organization’s adaptive capacity from a living systems theory
perspective, was a turning point. From a theoretical perspective, my
doctoral research broadened my understanding of today’s complex
and adaptive challenges – that is, problems that are political
and value-based per nature and that cannot be simply solved with technical
solutions. But more importantly, it impacted me, very personally. Since
then, I have no longer seen the world with the same eyes. My values
and mental models have shifted.
Although I have never met them, my mentors include Peter
Senge (Systems Thinking), Margaret Wheatley and Elisabet Sahtouris (living
systems and organizations), Peter Russell and Barbara Marx Hubbard (global
brain, collective consciousness), Otto Scharmer (Theory U), Ronald Heifetz
(adaptive leadership), among others.
How would you like to be available to others in
I wish to apply systems thinking, living systems theory,
adaptive leadership, and other theoretical frameworks and seek opportunities
to be involved with perhaps more experienced consultants and practitioners
in the field on transformative projects in diverse organizational contexts.
I am also interested in research and in continuing developing theories
on the topics of emergence and collective wisdom.
Links to this site or others:
- Elisabet Sahtouris
The Spirit of Now
- Peter Russell