From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies: Otto Scharmer

I have mentioned Otto Scharmer in my previous blog post about U.Lab – Transforming, Business, Society and Self. The book on which the course is based is called Leading from the Emerging Future: From Ego-System to Eco-System Economics.

This is 40 minute talk  ‘From Ego-System to Eco-System Economies’ at Wisdom 2.0 Business 2014. www.wisdom2business.com where Otto goes into more depth about Theory U and its applications in business and other organisations.

 

Find out more about Otto, Theory U and his work at http://www.ottoscharmer.com/

What Causes Wellness?

I first heard of Sir Harry Burns when he was interviewed talking  about health and inequality as part of the U.Lab course I mentioned in a previous blog.

He was Chief Medical Officer of Scotland for many years and is now Professor of Global Heath Promotion at the University of Strathclyde.

When he retired from his post as Chief Medical Officer this article about him appeared  in The Guardian  ‘We need compassion, not judgments about poor people’

There are a lot of sound ideas in Harry’s TED talk and it’s very refreshing to hear such a senior doctor talk about these issues. He ends with a quote from a Los Angeles priest which sums it all up..

What we need in this world is a compassion that is in awe at the burdens the poor have to carry, rather than stand in judgment at the way they carry them.

 

Why some of us don’t have one true calling

A friend recommended this TED talk from Emilie Wapnick: Why some of us don’t have one true calling.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Well, if you’re not sure you want to do just one thing for the rest of your life, you’re not alone. In this illuminating talk, writer and artist Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls “multipotentialites” — who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime. Are you one?

I definitely am. This blog came about because I have always had many diverse interests and the blogs I already have on homeopathy, wild food and business didn’t fit with loads of other stuff I wanted to write about.  I’ve also done many jobs over the years.. waitress, research scientist, cheese packer, health food shop assistant, doctors receptionist, administrator, aeroplane cleaner, market stall trader, student, networker, wild food forager and homeopath to name a few.

Find out more about Emilie and the many things she does on her website http://puttylike.com/

Silly dancing and how to start a movement

I love this TED talk from Derek Sivers – How to start a movement. It is probably one of the shortest ever and definitely one of my all time favourites.

According to Dereks website his ‘Bragging Bio’ is…

Originally a professional musician and circus clown, Derek Sivers created CD Baby in 1998.It became the largest seller of independent music online, with $100M in sales for 150,000 musicians.

In 2008, Derek sold CD Baby for $22M, giving the proceeds to a charitable trust for music education.

He is a frequent speaker at the TED Conference, with over 5 million views of his talks.

Since 2011 he has published 34 books, including “Anything You Want” which shot to #1 on all of its Amazon categories.

More info about him at http://sivers.org/

Watch and enjoy.. and look out for some silly dancers..

U.Lab – Transforming Business, Society and Self

I am a huge fan of edx.org who offer free online courses on a range of subjects from many of the world’s top universities.

This course is one of them – U.Lab Transforming Business, Society and Self from Otto Scharmer, Adam Yukelson and the U.Lab team at MIT is by far the most powerful, inspiring and life changing thing I have ever done.

Some blurb from edx.org website about the course.. and a short video below with more info.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

We live in a time of disruptive change, one that requires a new collective leadership capacity. In this groundbreaking course, we invite you on a journey to see the world in new ways and practice a method that allows leaders, entire organizations, and larger social systems to connect with and actualize their highest future possibility.

In January 2015, 30,000 people from 190 countries enrolled in U.Lab. In an exit survey, 52% said it was “eye-opening”, while another 36% called it “life-changing”. U.Lab has inspired the first-known use of a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) by a government as a platform for citizens to shape the issues that matter to them, it has been used in management teams of the world’s leading Non Governmental Organisations, and it is now being used in 42 Impact Hubs worldwide – by locally-rooted, globally connected communities of change makers to catalyze systemic change.

In the U.Lab you will learn Theory U, an approach to leading profound change that has been developed by action researchers at MIT, and practiced by leaders around the world, for over 20 years.

This started in September 2015 and runs for 8 weeks but the course material is archived when the course ends so you can jview it at any time.

U.Lab is based on the work of Otto Scharmer and many others. Find out more about Otto, Theory U and his work at http://www.ottoscharmer.com/

 

Shawn Achor – The Happy Secret To Better Work

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining TED talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity and success.

 

Shawn is a great believer in positivity and appreciating what we have now rather than striving for bigger, better things in life. Have a look at his website Good Think Inc for more information and resources. Shawn has written two books and many articles about happiness and positive psychology. See some of these articles on Huffington Post.

Bob Leckridge – Heroes not Zombie

Heroes not Zombies is a wonderful and thought provoking blog by Bob Leckridge who is a medically trained doctor living in Scotland. He was a GP for many years before retraining as a homeopath and now works at the Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital which is part of the NHS.

Bob started blogging several years ago and there are a huge number of posts on Heroes not Zombies about health, mindfulness and meditation, photography, homeopathy, life, nature, travels and more.

The thing I love most are his wonderful photos.  He has an eye for patterns and nature and notices beautiful things that many of us would miss. For an example see this recent post from here to here which starts with the story of a single hollyhock seed .Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

single hollyhock seed

Many of Bob’s photos can be found on flickr and are well worth a look.

Thoughts on ethical banking

MYM-Bad-Banks-vs-Good-Money-SPLIT-SECTIONS-01The way some banks have behaved recently does not make me feel great about where I keep my money.  The recurring stories of excessive bonuses, dubious tax avoidance schemes, fiddling interest rates, support for arms trade, oil, fracking or other dodgy bank deals have made me think about alternatives. Under the mattress is not really a practical option so I have been looking into ethical banking and been pleasantly surprised by what I have found out.

This is a profitable and growing organisation, the 25 banks in the Global Alliance for Banking on Values are independent, licensed financial institutions with combined assets of approximately $100 billion. Together they touch the lives of more than 20 million people in 30 countries. While many of their mainstream contemporaries have been hit hard by the financial crisis, this network of progressive banks have largely flourished during it. They share a commitment to build a more sustainable future and have developed effective ways to deliver it.

In the UK Triodos Bank and The Ecology Building Society are part of GABV but the smaller Charity Bank also upholds these sort of ethical values.
Move Your Money UK is a growing movement of ordinary people who are fed up with British banks and want to build a better banking sector. In September 2013 Move Your Money did a survey and found that the areas of banking that mattered most to the public were Honesty, Customer Service, Culture, Impact on the Real Economy and Ethics.
They released a Bank Ranking Scorecard to answer some of these questions. Each bank and building society is given a score out of 100 and ranked accordingly. They have been given a Red (leave/don’t switch here), Amber (doing better) or Green (best-rated banks, switch here if you can) rating to help people decide on a better bank. If you can’t see the chart clearly the full article and criteria are here.

mymscorecard

In case you were wondering.. I have joined a credit union 🙂

 

Mind Full or Mindful

I love this cartoon, not sure where the original came from but think it is very relevant and my aim is to try and help get my head more like the ‘mindful’ dog rather that the ‘mind full’ person.

I completely understand many people have heard of mindfulness and have no idea where to start achat viagra sur internet france. It can be a bit confusing and there are many ‘flavours’ so I will post a few blogs with tips and websites that I have found helpful.

If you are new to all this mindfulness stuff then The Free Mindfulness Project is a good place to start. It is a great site with lots of different types of guided mindfulness exercises available to download. So try a few and see which type you like best.

Best of luck!

Light and the double slit experiment

Science is far less clear cut than you might think and I will blog more about some scientific anomalies. Homeopathy is often criticised for being ‘unscientific’ as dilutions cannot be adequately explained by current scientific models.. but there are many things such as light, radiation and microwaves that do not always behave as you might expect.

Light is extraordinary for many reasons and can act as particles or waves.. or sometimes both. The double slit experiment is quite hard to explain to non-scientists but this is a fabulous Royal Institution video with Jim Al Khalili demonstrating what it is and why it cannot really be explained.