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Demystifying Two Systems Behind Pioneering Initiatives in Sustainability and Democracy. The GreenMBA and Democracy Schools as Case Studies Jane Lorand, J.D., M.A. International Society for the Systems Sciences 50th Annual Conference, July 2006.

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demystifying two systems behind pioneering initiatives in sustainability and democracy

Demystifying Two Systems Behind Pioneering Initiatives in Sustainability and Democracy

The GreenMBA and Democracy Schools

as Case Studies

Jane Lorand, J.D., M.A.

International Society for the Systems Sciences

50th Annual Conference, July 2006

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GratitudeWe all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us and were our teachers. I’m standing on some very broad shoulders. In addition to the people’s whose systems I’ll be explaining today, I want to share my gratitude especially to my partner, John Stayton, Dr. Rudolf Steiner, Bill McDonough, Dr. Richard Paul, and Rick Yenovkian.

slide3

AssumptionIf we are to advance sustainability and democracy, we will need pioneering initiatives and institutions to provide leadership.Entrepreneur’s StoryIs there a lesson for me?

steiner s picture

T

F

Steiner’s Picture

W

  • Humans are Thinking, Feeling and Willing beings with self-reflective consciousness.
  • When our Thinking, Feeling, and Willing are balanced and also interpenetrating, we can be vibrant and healthy. When they aren’t, we can’t.
  • This is true on an individual and collective level.
clarifying terms first
Clarifying Terms First

Thinking

Reasoning

Concrete Analysis

Synthesis

Intuition

Association

Fantasy

Cognition

Critical Thinking

Beyond reactive, biased opinions or prejudices

Feeling

Sensations

Perceptions

Empathy

Sentiments

Sympathies

Antipathies

Passions

Impressions

Beyond sentimentality,

melodrama, mawkishness

Willing

Exert your will

into action

Assert yourself

Resolve & act

Decide & act

Choose & act

Determination

Perseverance

Volunteer

Beyond reflex or instinct,

conscious initiative

an example of t f w hard core corporate capitalism
An Example of T F WHard-core Corporate Capitalism

Willing

Thinking

W

T

F

Feeling

Lots of carrots and sticks are needed to keep this going

because it is working against human nature.

a second example familiar non profit organization
A Second ExampleFamiliar Non-profit Organization

T

F

W

Frustration, burnout and low productivity lead to low morale.

one more example ivory tower of academia
One More ExampleIvory Tower of Academia

T

F

W

Tradition, insulation, and low accountability are the inputs

that keep this system going.

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The more you have balance and integration of T, F, and W, the more vibrant and healthy your initiative and institution can be. Steiner says that morality thrives in the center.

Center: work to maximize this space-flow is self-sustaining

Deeds gush naturally.

This is when we “love” what we’re doing.

T

W

F

slide11

Observations that led to the GreenMBA1. Students who saw business as an opportunity to transform the products and processes that are unsustainable had no place to learn about business in that context.2. Conventional business schools look like this:

F

Lots of carrots

and sticks and

promises of security.

T

Lots of fear and competition

W

Lots of thinking about how to make as much

money as fast as you can and get out.

slide12

Specific Application in the GreenMBA Efforts to Balance & Integrate TFWMoral Clarity and Alignment of Students’ and Faculty’s and GreenMBA’s mission: Why are we here?Set Rhythmic Forms for Sharing Feelings, Thoughts, and Accomplishments Continuous Improvement for Everyone- 4 times each year plus 1 hour/month individual advising for each studentWe Love our Students = We Give Them What They NeedCritical Thinking about Values is Supported Artistic Opportunities for Students and Faculty

T

W

F

+ Feeling & Balance

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Specific Application in the GreenMBA Efforts to Balance & Integrate TFWAn Open and Safe Culture to be Fully HumanA culture is a growing medium: the question is, what are we trying to grow?Clarity of Cooperation & Competition Toward Universal HumanityIntellectual HumilityIntegrity and DependabilityClear Standards for CompetenceTrust via TransparencyInclusiveness and Community Building is Modeled and Practiced

T

W

F

slide14

When Vibrancy or Health Wane, We Diagnose for T, F, and WWhat is out of balance?The “How” to redesign is easy.In the paper on the conference’s site, I’ve put lots of details and examples of the “How.”

slide15

Democracy Schools – T, F, WParticipants are intense, threatened and ambivalent about their power and rights. “Good, law-abiding citizens” are destined to lose.Willing is weak because Thinking is not solid, therefore no sustainable action is possible.

F

W

T

slide16

Democracy Schools – DesignBring Thinking so Willing can emerge.Teach US Constitutional history and ideals as they are relevant to the immediate threats. Show what other communities have done by reframing the issue away from Environmental Regulation …… right into the heart of democracy: Who should decide? Thinking Strengthens Will and balances Feelings.

second system triad education
Second System : TRIAD Education

Dependent

(Teacher, Boss, Authority Figure, Parent)

Independent

(Student, Employee,

Individual, Child)

Interdependent

(Both, working together, negotiate)

Learning and Assessment:

Who decides (1) what will be learned, (2) how it will be learned,

(3) and how it will be assessed?

triad education david morse
TRIAD Education, David Morse

90+% of conventional schooling is Dependent

90+% of corporate training is Dependent

Therefore, students have four choices:

Submit

Escape

Rebel

Manipulate

Dependent

This does not lead to vibrancy or health. We are walking upstream by design.

Independent

Interdependent

Health, vitality, and (training to live in a democracy rather than an autocracy) requires balance and integration among Dependent, Independent & Interdependent learning and assessment. Simple?

Sound familiar?

slide19

Integration of SystemsThinking/Feeling/WillingDependent/Independent/Interdependent Learning and AssessmentHow do these reinforce each other?

slide20
Social EntrepreneursAmbitious for the WorkHumble for OurselvesUsing the strength of systems for design criteria
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