In order to change, the system needs to learn more about itself from itself

“Once we recognize that organizations are webs, there is much we can learn about organizational change just from contemplating spider webs. Most of us have had the experience of touching a spider web, feeling its resiliency, noticing how slight pressure in one area jiggles the entire web. If a web breaks and needs repair, the spider doesn’t cut out a piece, terminate it, or alter the entire web apart and reorganize it. She reweaves it, using the silken relationships that are already there, creating stronger connections across the weakened spaces. … In order to change, the system needs to learn more about itself from itself. … We are terrified of emotions aroused by conflict, loss, love. In all of these struggles, it is being human that creates the problem. We have not yet learned how to be together…. After all these years of denying the fact that we are humans, vulnerable to the same dynamics that swirl in all life (plus some unique to our species), we are being called to encounter one another in the messiness and beauty that names us as alive.”

– Margaret Wheatley

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