Our cities are such pockets where information grows, but they are not all the same. For every Silicon Valley, Tokyo, and London, there are dozens of places with underdeveloped economies. Why does the US economy outstrip Brazil’s, and Brazil’s that of Chad? Why did the technology corridor along Boston’s Route 128 languish while Silicon Valley blossomed? In each case, the key is how people, companies, and the networks they form process information
A short pamphlet on ethics based on Varela’s lecture series in Italy, here Varela brings together a mix of Western scientific thought with Eastern spirituality. One of the best readers on this topic you’ll find.
A Sand County Almanac, first published in 1949, a year after its author’s death, is one of the most influential books about the natural world ever published. It helped to transform what had been an essentially conservative, utilitarian conservation movement into the first stirrings of an ecologically centred green movement in the west.
Explaining how relationships function, how parents shape their child’s developing self, how psychotherapy really works, and how our society dangerously flouts essential emotional laws, this is a work of rare passion and eloquence that will forever change the way you think about human intimacy.
People have always studied and reflected on how social activity works, how anything gets to happen. Our current management model that found its epitome in ‘New Public Management’ is only one way to get things done. Its widespread integration into public services simply keeps them running as they are, perhaps necessary but certainly not sufficient to deal with a changing world. In The Art of Change Making we have brought together over 70 of these so people can see them, explore them and use them.
The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness.
How do people live their lives? What are the things that matter? This anthropological study of a South London street is a warm insight on humanity.
Alexander finds a ‘pattern language’ in buildings from across locations and cultures. Wha is the pattern language for other forms of human endeavour? What is its relationship to emergence?
Like David Bohm and others, Isaacs studies how we can create generative conversations where something genuinely new emerges from the space between us.
Kaplan studies the US response to dealing with insurgents and how US policy was shaped by people who followed those very principles themselves. Adaptive change and insurgency are close bedfellows.
Peter Senge, founder and director of the Society for Organisational Learning and senior lecturer at MIT, has found the means of creating a ‘learning organisation’. In The Fifth Discipline, he draws the blueprints for an organisation where people expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nutured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning together.
A fascinating exploration of the differences between the brain’s right and left hemispheres and their effects on society, history and culture. Why is the brain divided?
The classic introduction for seeing the world as a whole system from one of the true thinkers, physicist Fritjof Capra. Fritjof worked with Myron Rogers and Margaret Wheatley on a series of investigations into what working with living systems really… Continue Reading →
Still an all-time classic on the relationships between self and groups in organisational settings. Amazon Say: The emphasis on organizational change in the corporate life of recent years-including job redesign, autonomous groups, high performance work systems, and the redesign of control… Continue Reading →