A living social system is a of communications. The aliveness of an organization , or communities of practice. Bringing life into human organizations means empowering their communities of practice.
You can never direct a social system; . A living network chooses which disturbances to notice and how to respond. A message will get through to people in a community of practice when it is meaningful to them.
The creativity and adaptability of life at critical points of instability. Every human organization contains both designed and emergent structures. The challenge is to .
In addition to holding a clear vision, facilitating the emergence of novelty by building and nurturing networks of communications; creating a learning culture in which questioning is encouraged and innovation is rewarded; creating a climate of trust and mutual support; and recognizing viable novelty when it emerges, while allowing the freedom to make mistakes.
Hidden Connections - I read The Turning Point and The Tao of Physics by Capra many years ago. And his Uncommon Wisdom which is excellent. But I sort of lost track of him. Then I happened upon this Hidden Connections in a used bookstore. It's not very old (2002). Focuses on sustainability. I guess it's a followup to his The Web of Life, which I haven't read. Plan to read this one. Looks right up my alley. Capra is an interesting writer to me, though his strength is in dialogue, starting and sustaining a conversation (something more than an interview). Uncommon Wisdom was so fascinating in that respect, filled with his dialogues with brilliant minds from a broad spectrum of disciplines.