This week Awesome Stories brings you climate solutions, compassionate care, and healthy change.
People need solutions. They don’t need more data, they need narrative. ..The only way we’re going to get out of this is to have a practical vision that we can all work towards. ~ Paul Hawken
I agree with Paul Hawken’s view that we need more focus on solutions, vision, and story, and less on the science and data. Too much information just locks in our paralysis and analysis. The world needs our actions, now! In reality, as Paul’s book Drawdown points out, we already have the technology to deal with climate change, but we need a shift in how we talk, write, and think about climate change. Currently, we’re locked into a mode of “fighting” climate change. As Paul points out, you can’t fight the climate. It is simply feedback from the planet giving us an opportunity to change how we interact with this glorious home we call earth. The most important step is to change our conversation and posture towards the climate. We need to accept the feedback and move into conversations about solutions and better ways to live in harmony with the planet. Paul’s Drawdown project offers what he believes are the best 100 solutions to climate change at this time.
Sangduen “Lek” Chailert grew up with a love of animals that led her to her life’s work. Since she was 16 and saw how elephants were mistreated to train them for entertainment, camps, and tourism, she has been a compassionate voice for transforming the way elephants are treated. In 1996 Lek founded The Elephants Nature Park as a sanctuary for mistreated elephants to live safe and free. She even hires some of the people who formerly mistreated the elephants in camps. Her compassionate actions are gradually changing the tourism industry in Thailand. Watch her touching story of why and how she cares for the elephants.
Healthy Organizational Change
If we understand how life organizes, how the world supports its unending diversity and flexibility, we can then know how to create organizations where creativity, change, and diversity are abundant and supportive. ~ Margaret Wheatley
This article by Margaret Wheatley called Bringing Life to Organizational Change speaks strongly to me. Margaret talks about most organizations being places that try to lock in set behaviors in pursuit of goals they believe will get them where they want to go. Like in my new phone sales job; make x number of calls, talk to y number of people, set z number of appointments. The problem with this regimented approach is it leaves very little room for people’s creativity, personalization, and ownership of their work and lives. Plus, nature doesn’t grow by locking in set processes with neat logical steps. Life organizes with tangled webs of relationships, processes, and feedback loops that continually adapt and evolve. Life grows as more information (feedback) mounts until the old way doesn’t work and organisms are forced to let go of the old and behave differently (ie to grow.) Life grows because each organism is free to choose, there is room for experimentation, creativity, and change. Whereas in most business organizations (even ones who profess to embrace change), there are locked in patterns that managers strictly enforce. The price for this way of organizing is the loss of creativity, vitality, and life itself. In organizations, people only support what they create. This means that companies that want to remain vital, growing, and innovative must allow individuals to participate in the processes.
May your week be full of creative participation and solutions.