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Leadership and the New Science: 20 Years OnWhat’s going on?How did we get here?What is our role going forward?
1992   2012
October  2012
You are the result of nearlyfour billion years of evolution       Please act like it
Structure of Each Day•   Teaching from Meg•   Small group explorations•   Large group reflections•   Personal journaling o...
Who showed up as ‘you’ this morning?    rate yourself on a Scale of 1 to 5    1 = barely here 5 = best day ever•   How pre...
We cannot change the way the world isBut by opening to the world as it iswe may discover that gentleness,decency and brave...
Ground: We cannot change the way the world isPath: But by opening to the world as it isFruition: We may discover that gent...
• Mon: We cannot change the way the world is            This Brave New World has emerged• Tues: Opening to the world as it...
Describe something going on in your worldthat you want us to know about.Write a brief headline on your paper.Write large a...
Emergence  How life creates novelty and change    through increasing complexityThe creation of new & complex systemsthroug...
Emergence ORIGIN mid 17th cent. (in the sense     ‘unforeseen occurrence’):from medieval Latin emergentia, from   Latin em...
Properties, Behaviors, Characteristics         of an Emergent System– never the sum of the parts, nor more than the  sum o...
Emergent Systems               Cannot be changed.     The only way to change what’s emerged                 is to start ov...
Who showed up as ‘you’ this morning?    rate yourself on a Scale of 1 to 5    1 = barely here 5 = best day ever•   How pre...
When despair for the world grows in meand I wake in the night at the least soundin fear of what my life and my children’s ...
• Mon: We cannot change the way the world is            This Brave New World has emerged• Tues: Opening to the world as it...
Opening to the world as it is  New Maps for Lost People     Are we lost?
Sit down and be quiet. You are drunk, and this is  the edge of the roof.      Rumi, Sufi poet, 13th centuryFear is the che...
5 stages of being lostDeep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales• Deny you’re lost—press on with urg...
“Not being lost is not a matter of getting back to  where you started from; it is a decision not to  be lost wherever you ...
Being lost is a state of mind, not of geography• It is outdated mental maps that keep us lost.• We don’t have to change th...
• A world of emotions moving to extremes, where anger  becomes rage, opponents become enemies, dislike  becomes hatred, so...
A world desperate for certainty and safety, choosingcoercion and violence as the means to achieve this.A world solving its...
Global WarmingJane HirschfieldWhen his ship first came to Australia,Cook wrote, the nativesContinued fishing, without look...
Who showed up as ‘you’ this morning?    rate yourself on a Scale of 1 to 5    1 = barely here 5 = best day ever•   How pre...
• Mon: We cannot change the way the world is            This Brave New World has emerged• Tues: Opening to the world as it...
We are distracted from distraction by distraction.”                   T. S. Eliot
The Internet is“a system of interruption technologies”
NeuroplasticityBrains change continually to support ourneeds and activities.There is no such thing as being “hardwired” if...
The brains of Internet addicts (more than 38 hours/week)resemble the brains of cocaine addicts and alcoholics. “Every time...
EpigeneticsDiscovered in The Human Genome Project• Genes are not switches• Genes are players in an ensemble cast  of other...
Technological DeterminismJaques Ellul• Technology, once introduced, always takes over.• It feeds on itself. Users demand m...
Marshall McLuhan: the content of a medium isjust "the juicy piece of meat carried by the burglarto distract the watchdog o...
“in growing, technique requires that humanvalues be in exact accordance with technicaldevelopment and that social structur...
“In 2013, the Diagnostic and StatisticalManual of Mental Disorders (DSM) will list inits appendix:           “Internet Use...
Sociologist James Evan reviewed citations inmore than 34 million articles published inacademic journals and noted that the...
The Shallows: How the Internet is Changing OurBrains               Nicholas CarrPerspectives on Our Age: Jacques Ellul Spe...
"Something that is worthwhile, wholesome     and healthy exists in all of us.”        Chogyam Trungpa, Buddhist Teacher
Ground: We cannot change the way the        world isPath: But by opening to the world as it isFruition: We may discover th...
Warriorshipwarrior in Tibetan pawoliterally means one who is brave.’Warriorship in this context is the tradition of humanb...
There comes a time when all life on Earth is indanger. Great barbarian powers have arisen.Although these powers spend thei...
The basic wisdom of Shambhala is that             in this world, as it is,we can find a good and meaningful human life    ...
I stand among you as one who offers a small message of hope. . .       there are always people who dare       to seek on t...
Again and again,some people in the crowdwake up.They have no ground in the crowdand they emerge according to broader laws....
The warrior who is fearlessis not caught in the ambush of hope
Beyond Hope and FearDo not depend on the hope of results. When you are doing the sort of work you have taken on, essential...
Beyond Hope and FearAs you get used to this idea, you start more  and more to concentrate not on the results,  but on the ...
Beyond Hope and FearThe range tends to narrow down, but it gets  much more real. In the end, it is the reality  of persona...
Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in alifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.Nothing we do, however virtuo...
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hopefor hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait withoutloveFor love wou...
“As the warrior proceeds on the path, he orshe may go through phases of intense fear.Frequently, such fear comes out of no...
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  1. 1. Leadership and the New Science: 20 Years OnWhat’s going on?How did we get here?What is our role going forward?
  2. 2. 1992 2012
  3. 3. October 2012
  4. 4. You are the result of nearlyfour billion years of evolution Please act like it
  5. 5. Structure of Each Day• Teaching from Meg• Small group explorations• Large group reflections• Personal journaling or reflective time
  6. 6. Who showed up as ‘you’ this morning? rate yourself on a Scale of 1 to 5 1 = barely here 5 = best day ever• How present and undistracted am I?• How open and curious do I feel?• How brave do I feel—to inquire, take risks?• How interested am I in others’ experiences?• How willing am I to support others to learn?
  7. 7. We cannot change the way the world isBut by opening to the world as it iswe may discover that gentleness,decency and bravery are available not only tous but to all human beings. Chögyam Trungpa Buddhist Teacher
  8. 8. Ground: We cannot change the way the world isPath: But by opening to the world as it isFruition: We may discover that gentleness,decency and bravery are available not only to usbut to all human beings. Chögyam Trungpa, Buddhist Teacher
  9. 9. • Mon: We cannot change the way the world is This Brave New World has emerged• Tues: Opening to the world as it is New Maps for Lost People• Wed: Distracted by Distraction How technology and the Internet are changing us• Thur: We discover gentleness, decency, bravery Restoring Human Capacities• Fri: Right work, Right relationship
  10. 10. Describe something going on in your worldthat you want us to know about.Write a brief headline on your paper.Write large and clear so we can read it.You’ll have time to describe this in moredetail when we gather together.
  11. 11. Emergence How life creates novelty and change through increasing complexityThe creation of new & complex systemsthrough the interaction of multiple parts.The new properties and capacities createdare properties of the system; they are notfound in the parts.These properties exert control over the parts.
  12. 12. Emergence ORIGIN mid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘unforeseen occurrence’):from medieval Latin emergentia, from Latin emergere ‘bring to light’
  13. 13. Properties, Behaviors, Characteristics of an Emergent System– never the sum of the parts, nor more than the sum of the parts– new and different than the parts– do not exist until the system emerges– system ‘supervenes’ on its parts—power over– cannot be undone. You can’t work backwards or in a reductionist way
  14. 14. Emergent Systems Cannot be changed. The only way to change what’s emerged is to start over"Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try tochange one. Try, instead, to work with what youve got." ~ Peter F. Drucker“One cannot change an old system. Instead one mustcreate a new system that makes the old system obsolete.” ~ Buckminster Fuller
  15. 15. Who showed up as ‘you’ this morning? rate yourself on a Scale of 1 to 5 1 = barely here 5 = best day ever• How present and undistracted am I?• How open and curious do I feel?• How brave do I feel—to inquire, take risks?• How interested am I in others’ experiences?• How willing am I to support others to learn?
  16. 16. When despair for the world grows in meand I wake in the night at the least soundin fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,I go and lie down where the wood drakerests in his beauty on the water, and the great heronfeeds.I come into the peace of wild thingswho do not tax their lives with forethoughtof grief. I come into the presence of still water.And I feel above me the day-blind starswaiting with their light. For a timeI rest in the grace of the world, and am free. Wendell Berry
  17. 17. • Mon: We cannot change the way the world is This Brave New World has emerged• Tues: Opening to the world as it is New Maps for Lost People• Wed: Distracted by Distraction How technology and the Internet are changing us• Thur: We discover gentleness, decency, bravery Restoring Human Capacities• Fri: Right work, Right relationship
  18. 18. Opening to the world as it is New Maps for Lost People Are we lost?
  19. 19. Sit down and be quiet. You are drunk, and this is the edge of the roof. Rumi, Sufi poet, 13th centuryFear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions. Hafiz, Sufi teacher, poet, 14th century
  20. 20. 5 stages of being lostDeep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by Laurence Gonzales• Deny you’re lost—press on with urgency• You realize you’re lost—urgency becomes panic• Desperately seek anything that looks familiar• Deteriorate rationally and emotionally• Resigned to your fate, you admit you’re lost
  21. 21. “Not being lost is not a matter of getting back to where you started from; it is a decision not to be lost wherever you happen to find yourself. It’s simply saying, ‘I’m not lost, I’m right here.’”Laurence Gonzales Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why
  22. 22. Being lost is a state of mind, not of geography• It is outdated mental maps that keep us lost.• We don’t have to change the situation. We have to change our mind about the situation.
  23. 23. • A world of emotions moving to extremes, where anger becomes rage, opponents become enemies, dislike becomes hatred, sorrow becomes despair.• A world closing shut, where individuals, groups, ethnicities, and governments fortify their positions behind impermeable boundaries.• A world where critical thinking scarcely exists, where there is no distinction between facts and opinions, between science and beliefs.• A world where information no longer makes a difference, where we hear only what we want to hear, always confirmed and never contradicted.
  24. 24. A world desperate for certainty and safety, choosingcoercion and violence as the means to achieve this.A world solving its crises by brinksmanship and lastminute deals, no matter how important or disastrousthe consequences may be.A world growing more meaningless as the values ofconsumption, greed, and self-interest take hold.A world of people who formerly felt powerful andconstructive now feeling powerless and exhausted.
  25. 25. Global WarmingJane HirschfieldWhen his ship first came to Australia,Cook wrote, the nativesContinued fishing, without looking up.Unable, it seems, to fear what was too large tobe comprehended.
  26. 26. Who showed up as ‘you’ this morning? rate yourself on a Scale of 1 to 5 1 = barely here 5 = best day ever• How present and undistracted am I?• How open and curious do I feel?• How brave do I feel—to inquire, take risks?• How interested am I in others’ experiences?• How willing am I to support others to learn?
  27. 27. • Mon: We cannot change the way the world is This Brave New World has emerged• Tues: Opening to the world as it is New Maps for Lost People• Wed: Distracted by Distraction How technology and the Internet are changing us• Thur: We discover gentleness, decency, bravery Restoring Human Capacities• Fri: Right work, Right relationship
  28. 28. We are distracted from distraction by distraction.” T. S. Eliot
  29. 29. The Internet is“a system of interruption technologies”
  30. 30. NeuroplasticityBrains change continually to support ourneeds and activities.There is no such thing as being “hardwired” if you’re a living system not amachine.
  31. 31. The brains of Internet addicts (more than 38 hours/week)resemble the brains of cocaine addicts and alcoholics. “Every time your device pings with a new text, tweet, or email,it triggers a pleasure response in the brain. You get a squirt of dopamine. The brain grows new neurons receptive tospeedy processing and instant gratification.Other structures shrink, e.g. concentration, empathy,impulse control, memory, pattern recognition, thinking, critical analysis, and more.
  32. 32. EpigeneticsDiscovered in The Human Genome Project• Genes are not switches• Genes are players in an ensemble cast of other elements (proteins and other biochemicals)• DNA is composed of these elements• DNA s affected by the lives we live• Heredity emerges from the interaction of these many elements. It is an emergent phenomenon.
  33. 33. Technological DeterminismJaques Ellul• Technology, once introduced, always takes over.• It feeds on itself. Users demand more and more from it.• Social structures--values, behaviors, politics—become organized around technologys values• Existing cultural values and traditions disappear--a new culture emerges. • Gutenbergs printing press put information into the hands of everyday people, credited with: • enabling the rise of individualism, • literacy, • complex language, • private contemplation, • the literary tradition • the advent of Protestantism
  34. 34. Marshall McLuhan: the content of a medium isjust "the juicy piece of meat carried by the burglarto distract the watchdog of the mind."How are we being affected by the process of text,post, connect, search, scan?
  35. 35. “in growing, technique requires that humanvalues be in exact accordance with technicaldevelopment and that social structures developpurely in terms of technique. This, I believe,shows that nothing in a society remains intactonce technique begins to penetrate.” Jacques Ellul
  36. 36. “In 2013, the Diagnostic and StatisticalManual of Mental Disorders (DSM) will list inits appendix: “Internet Use Disorder”“It’s this basic cultural recognition thatpeople have a pathological relationship withtheir devices. People feel not just addicted,but trapped.” Kelly McGonigal, Stanford U.
  37. 37. Sociologist James Evan reviewed citations inmore than 34 million articles published inacademic journals and noted that the number ofdifferent citations declined after the advent ofsearch engines.These information-filtering tools, he observed,"serve as amplifiers of popularity, quicklyestablishing and then continually reinforcing aconsensus about what information is importantand what isnt."
  38. 38. The Shallows: How the Internet is Changing OurBrains Nicholas CarrPerspectives on Our Age: Jacques Ellul Speaks onHis Life and Work Jacques Ellul with William H. VanderburgAlone Together: How We Expect More fromTechnology and Less From Each Other Sherry Turkel
  39. 39. "Something that is worthwhile, wholesome and healthy exists in all of us.” Chogyam Trungpa, Buddhist Teacher
  40. 40. Ground: We cannot change the way the world isPath: But by opening to the world as it isFruition: We may discover that gentleness,decency and bravery are available not only tous but to all human beings.
  41. 41. Warriorshipwarrior in Tibetan pawoliterally means one who is brave.’Warriorship in this context is the tradition of humanbravery, or the tradition of fearlessness.A warrior is one who does not accept the invitationor challenge.
  42. 42. There comes a time when all life on Earth is indanger. Great barbarian powers have arisen.Although these powers spend their wealth inpreparations to annihilate one another, they havemuch in common: weapons of unfathomabledestructive power, and technologies that lay wasteour world. In this era, when the future of sentientlife hangs by the frailest of threads ....the Shambhalawarriors go into training.They are armed with two “weapons”—compassion and insight.
  43. 43. The basic wisdom of Shambhala is that in this world, as it is,we can find a good and meaningful human life that will also serve others. That is our richness. Chögyam Trungpa
  44. 44. I stand among you as one who offers a small message of hope. . . there are always people who dare to seek on the margin of society, who are not dependent on social acceptance, not dependent on social routine, and prefer a kind of free-floating existence under a state of risk. Thomas Merton
  45. 45. Again and again,some people in the crowdwake up.They have no ground in the crowdand they emerge according to broader laws. They carrystrange customs with them,and demand room for bold gestures.The future speaks ruthlesslythrough them.Ranier Maria Rilke
  46. 46. The warrior who is fearlessis not caught in the ambush of hope
  47. 47. Beyond Hope and FearDo not depend on the hope of results. When you are doing the sort of work you have taken on, essentially an apostolic work, you may have to face the fact that your work will be apparently worthless and even achieve no result at all, if not perhaps results opposite to what you expect.
  48. 48. Beyond Hope and FearAs you get used to this idea, you start more and more to concentrate not on the results, but on the value, the rightness, the truth of the work itself. And there too a great deal has to be gone through, as gradually you struggle less and less for an idea and more and more for specific people.
  49. 49. Beyond Hope and FearThe range tends to narrow down, but it gets much more real. In the end, it is the reality of personal relationships that saves everything. Thomas Merton
  50. 50. Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in alifetime; therefore we must be saved by hope.Nothing we do, however virtuous, can beaccomplished alone; therefore we are saved by love.Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makescomplete sense in any immediate context of history;therefore we must be saved by faith.Reinhold Niebuhr
  51. 51. I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hopefor hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait withoutloveFor love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faithBut the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness thedancing.T. S. Eliot
  52. 52. “As the warrior proceeds on the path, he orshe may go through phases of intense fear.Frequently, such fear comes out of nowhere.It just happens; it just hits you.It may cause you to question everything inyourself: everything you have studied,everything you have learned and understood,as well as your general life situation.You feel the wretchedness of the worldaround you, as well as within yourself.” in Smile at Fear Chögyam Trungpa
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