Introduced by John Atkinson. It is always interesting to read external perspectives of change. As a consultant you see things […]
We know nature reduces stress and can make us more effective at certain tasks, yet we are driven to live in cities; more than half of the world’s population is considered urban. And according to researchers, more than two-thirds of people will be in cities by 2050. Meyers-Lindenberg, the director of the Central Institute for Mental Health and author of the Lederbogen et al. study, is interested in understanding why cities “make the brain more susceptible to mental-health conditions
Here, Celine Schillinger, shares her experiences at Courage Camp. Developing the vocabulary of courage we share below. Exploring the nature of courage and our understanding of it, and how we can be courageous across our lives and in our leadership. A thoroughly engaging and enjoyable read…
Understanding living systems can seem impenetrable. Working out how all the inter-dependencies and relationships work leads into a morass of aligned and conflicting theories and practices. Trying to make sense of how these could reasonably help in addressing workplace questions becomes even more confusing. Instead of making things better, looking at our worlds as living systems seems to make them ever more complicated and confusing. The theory seems self-evidently right yet it can make us feel at times powerless.
Here at Heart of the Art we seek to explore the nature of living systems and how we may understand them. We look to make sense of the nature of things and how by understanding them better, we can be more effective in our work, our relationships, our lives. We offer you this site as a place where we share our own writing alongside articles and resources from others that we have found helpful or provocative. Please enjoy it and use it as you will, crediting the original authors in anything you share.
John Atkinson is a designer, architect and catalyst for whole system change. He has instigated and led projects around the world in corporate and public settings that help people design approaches that will make fundamental change to their work and lives.
Emma Loftus is a researcher and writer, specialising in organisational learning and the human process of change. Emma was the researcher and co-writer of The Art of Change Making. Emma provides support to national and international programmes for change, across public and private sectors, including work with open innovation and systems leadership programme.
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