Archive for May 2018

Other Ways of Knowing

Indigenous Values Imagine a culture that lives by these values: respect, courage, love, generosity, honesty, humility, and wisdom. What could it teach us? These seven values enrich human life and sustain community in harmony with the natural world. Blair Stonechild, a Cree-Saulteaux member of the Muscowpetung First Nation and professor of Indigenous Studies at the…

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Once in a Lifetime

Never Again There is a Japanese saying – “Ichi-go, Ichi-e” – that captures the essence of Zen. It means “once in a lifetime, never again.” We should treasure every fleeting moment, for it will never be repeated. The saying originated in the Tea Ceremony as a reminder that every encounter with another person is a…

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Engaging With Complex Systems

Messes Russell Ackoff – an iconic pioneer in systems thinking – called them messes.”[N]o problem ever exists in complete isolation,” he wrote in Redesigning the Future: A Systems Approach to Societal Problems (1974). “Every problem interacts with every other problem and is therefore part of a set of interrelated problems, a system of problems. Furthermore,…

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