For Ed Schein approaching change is all about culture. Understand a culture and you can understand how to work with the individuality and identity of that system. According to Schein there are three levels to organisational culture: The Artefacts, espoused values and shared tacit assumptions.
In learning about their shared tacit assumptions or governing variables, systems then become able to understand the reasons that problems occur. This learning enables them to identify the things they need to change to overcome their problems.
(By Emma Loftus) Kurt Lewin’s model of change is a widely used method of understanding and approaching change in living systems. According to Lewin successful change has to go through three stages: Unfreeze, cognitive restructuring and freeze (also known as… Continue Reading →
Tagore’s work reflects his view that humanity creates its own segregation. He urged the understanding of cultural diversity, and believed strongly that we should all expand our own understanding of the world and thus ourselves through exploration and education- simply hearing and respecting the diversity of the world. And through seeking to see commonality and feel unity, rather than difference and opposition.
By Emma Loftus. There’s something tantalisingly free in the path of a butterfly. An envied, yearned for path of freedom, that leads in any and all directions all at the same time. It’s a smile. A hope. A freedom to be, and go, and do with infinite possibility. The exact antithesis of the reality of many everyday lives.
The concept of ‘flow’ was developed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi . But the experience of ‘flow’ is nothing new. It’s existed since man first breathed. And we’ve all experienced it- that perfect moment of lostness and simple, pure existence. When the rest of the world ceases to exist. When our bodies and minds meld together. Just ‘being’.
Exploring Maturana’s abstract theory of structural determined change. Looking at how (and why) human systems react to the threat of change.
The Allegory of The Cave features as part of Plato’s wider work The Republic. It suggests that in an ever changing world with an every changing reality we need to adapt our perception, learn and know in new ways.
From Emma Loftus In the now famous Trolley Problem thought experiment of 1967, Philippa Foot raised the question of human ethics and morality The experiment actually called The Problem of Abortion and the Doctrine of the Double Effect (1967), was devised as a way… Continue Reading →
Gregory Bateson was one of the key thinkers in developing ways of seeing the world as a connected whole, challenging more traditional patterns of understanding that segregated the world into separate boxes.