Leading in a Waldorf School: Is There Another Way?

As a Waldorf graduate, a former staff member, and a substitute teacher, I’ve had ample experience in learning the complex realities of being part of a Waldorf community from multiple angles. Waldorf schools are notoriously volunteer-heavy and are a complex networks of leaders, or leader-like, individuals who are trying to manage the school community. Unfortunately, a lot of Waldorf schools try to run on good intention—which isn’t a healthy operational for, and it's certainly not sustainable. Further down the line, good intention runs out and then a school is left in the lurch—and … [Read more...]

Why College is So Hot: The Complexity of a Post-Secondary Education

It's becoming a hotter topic by the minute, or so it would seem if you're tracking the media in the way that I've been doing lately: to go or not to go to college--and why. We're preparing for our next community workshop series, which aims to look at complex social issues and address them using Critical and Systemic Thinking methods. For this one, we're rethinking college in our times. I've heard--and known--people who've pretty much done it all, indicating that the answer to this question is not so simple. The expectation of going to college is out there; we live in a society where having … [Read more...]

“Command and Control” Won’t Work Anymore

I  just finished watching Ken Burns’ series on World War II. It was illuminating and exhausting at the same time. It is available as a DVD set from our local Sacramento Library. What was significant, for me, was the need and justification of “command and control” thinking as we fought incredibly complex wars on both sides of the world. And what also was compelling was the massive waste and loss of lives and material....and how so much was obvious after-the-fact that was not obvious in the moment. … [Read more...]

The Birth of Conversation Mapping

Conversation Mapping

The development of many of the Systemic leadership techniques we work with, with businesses, governments and not-for-profit organisations started their life through efforts to support small rural communities perplexed by the rapid changes disrupting traditional practices. The Conversation Map now used in boardrooms around the world was first conceived in a squatter settlement outside Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. Leaders of this settlement (known as the Horse Camp) were trying to get a U.N. development agency to install clean reticulated water. At the time a U.N. policy factor and a … [Read more...]

What is a Healthy Relationship to Money?

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To live in the world today requires us to form a conscious connection to money.  Do we have money, or does money have us?  What role does money (or the lack of it) play in our imagination of our dignity in the society, or our security in the macro-economy? What is our family’s history and “story” about its relationship to money?  Does that story continue to unconsciously influence us?  What percentage of our waking consciousness is devoted to money or the lack of it….or how we use it to meet our needs and wants?  What pressures exist on our feeling life tied to money? … [Read more...]