Whether your political party, your job description, or your professional discipline recognizes it or not the world remains a complex, non-linear, adaptive system.
I am tired of being told that expecting leaders and institutions to grapple the complex, closed-loop nature of our existence is not realistic.
All else being equal, trying to integrate into your life support system seems realistic to me, thank you very much.
Why yes, there are times when i too wished there was an away to throw things, my actions didn't feedback around to impact me, and everything that mattered was discrete, isolated, and certain.
But.....that's not actual on the menu of universes we get to choose from. And in fact it would be a dull and faded place.

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14 Jan
Our own brokenness gets called up by the brokenness of the world, at least that's my reflection on my own experience.
And given that we are broken by the same worldviews of separation and domination that break that world, it's bound to get a little messy when these fractally self-similar wounds converge.
Do you feel beat up just like the earth? Do you feel like you ought to have more power, just like the patriarchal culture might feel it ought to have over women or the earth? Maybe you feel an icky mix of both. Like I said, messy.
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14 Jan
What if the meteor already landed and it was a worldview of domination, supremacy, and separation that created enslavement, genocide, empire and ecological catastrophe? #DontLookUp
Because it's not only "don't look up" often it is also "don't look back".
What would be different if we saw our situation as resulting from aftershocks of an impact that happened hundreds of years ago, that created great, global and ongoing harm?
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14 Jan
Fellow bosses, if things take longer right now it's OK, it's a wild surge two years into a global pandemic. People are tired and carrying burdens you might not know about.
And if your partners and stakeholders expect the same old "productivity" they may not be the right partners and stakeholders for you.
Productivity right now includes keeping everyone healthy and balanced and learning our way together into new forms and ways of working for an age of instability.
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9 Jan
What if we resourced schools so that they had the capacity to serve children and families through a pandemic, with well-being (broadly defined with a long time horizon) being the metric?
My children are past school age, and I don't work in schools, so I have not said much about this "keep 'em open" vs "go virtual" vs "shut 'em down" argument.
But systems thinking reminds us to look at the goals embedded in systems. And it seems like the argument is all about different theories on providing well being with the current level of resources. But a nimble society would be able to apply MORE resources in a pandemic.
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7 Jan
When complex systems are under stress they self-organize.
Multiple forces respond to the stress in multiple ways. Many of those forces work to strengthen current structures even as they start to buckle and rupture. Many but not all.
Your idea that maybe seemed too bold or too far from the mainstream before the stress will land in a different system today, and, my guess is, in a really different system in a few years.
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7 Jan
What is actually possible - for instance, taking care of each with multi-layered policies through a pandemic or decarbonizing our economy quickly - the power structure consistently scoffs at as unrealistic or impossible.
At the same time, what is actually impossible – thriving on an overheated planet, having wide-spread wellbeing during an unchecked pandemic – gets held out as possible.
Up is down. Down is up. And gaslighting is ubiquitous.
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