litary threats. "Britain needs to rediscover the mentality that helped to win the Cold War if we are to deal effectively with emerging threats like Russia and Iran,” said Lord Richards of Herstmonceux in an exclusive interview with The Telegraph.
"All too often in recent years, Britain has found itself being caught by surprise by the actions of hostile states, whether it is Russian acts of aggression in Crimea and Ukraine, or Iranian meddling in the affairs of pro-Western Arab countries, such as the Gulf states.”
e position in the climate change debate. It is almost as if, simply by demonstrating their supposed credentials and commitment, the ‘answer’ and with it salvation, will be found. The ‘solutions’ to climate change repeatedly proferred by Western leaders, think-tanks and board rooms – technical fixes, managerial reorganisations and diktats from on high - recall the workings and mindset of defunct communist regimes. Put aside political ideology, however, and the notion that technocratic, scientific and political elites have’the answers’ by dint of their societal standing, practically ensures that the one thing rarely opened up to further examination is what drives their self-referential interests, values, hierarchies, mores, or - for that-matter - epistemologies, in the fist place. Even less discussed is the possibility that it might be exactly these imperatives which are acting as an intertial brake on meaningful action, or, worse still, lie at the very not of why we are in these dire straits. Mark Levene & David Cromwell June 2007 BE ASSURED our new masters of the globe are saying to us “rest assured we are not intent on destroying the world, but doing everything in our power to save it.” But the truth is that we most all individually and collectively question that assumption; and must do so by challenging the social, economic and political parameters within which these diverse elite actors (celebrities of al) assume a basis for action (or inaction) on climate change. The essential inadequacy of the elite postion rests on an unwillingness, indeed inability, to accept anthropogenic climate change as an inevitable consequence of their self-interested obsession with the need for ever continuing growth of our globalising economic system. Only by rethinking the operating premises of that are we likely to have any chance of moving towards a safer and more sustainable future.…
ular case of Leonardo da Vinci, born as a left-handed, dyslexic bastard, rejected by [y]our
father, to a world of the City States of the land that was eventually to become Italy; whose collective,
predominately patriarchal mindset, at that TIME, was based on the religious beliefs of ROME and
the Gregorian Calendar; when even the barbarian hoards of northern Europe and Scandinavia had by
this time accepted the 'dowsing in water' of baptism, as a requirement of subscribing to the
"new then" ORDER of DENIAL of our species very connessione with NATURE.
tely stressful! So, today I said to myself, "Just follow links and learn something. That's all you have to do.
You don't have to go back or "go" anywhere. Just ENJOY yourself. It's not as if you will "get lost." So, I did. Hop, hop, hop, hop, hop.... who knows where all I went. Not caring, not thinking that much, just ripping around. And then I realized something. Everywhere I went was a place that you had already been! There's something tremendous in that, you know? I even found places that I had already been and posted comments on and then forgotten all about, and you had been there too, and there's what you said and what I said... and then the metaphor of the quilt came up, and I saw that if I follow your links, it's as if you have sewn the world for me... Martha
de ago, in many cases our awareness—whether as individuals, organizations or nations—is
still limited and local. To use an analogy from biology, even though our actions affect the larger
ecosystem of which we are a part—in fact the multiple interacting economic, social, political and
environmental ecosystems—we sill behave as though our actions are narrow in scope and impact.
We see ourselves as part of a far smaller, more isolated ego-system."
Scharmer and Kaufer explain why actions based on this “ego-system” awareness not only result in recurring crises, but doom any attempt to resolve them—we are trying to meet new challenges with an obsolete mindset. To show the shape of the emerging future they bring this ecosystem awareness to bear on areas such as labor, capital, production, technology, leadership, ownership and many others, offering a blueprint for a new society based on a profound understanding of how the actions of each affects the many.
This book’s journey is about a path and a method of dropping the baggage of old habits of thought and then crossing through the gate to an economy that operates more consciously, inclusively, and collectively.
THIS book addresses what we believe to be a blind spot in global discourse today: how to respond
to the current waves of disruptive change form a deep place that connects us to an emerging future,
rather than reacting against the patterns of the past, which usually means perpetuating them.