We don’t describe the world we see - we see the world we describe.
Joseph Jaworski

Only when we become conscious of self, the other, and the wider system simultaneously, can we awaken to the critical connection between personal choice and lifeís greater rhythms. And only then can we truly understand our role in the moment by moment unfolding of the play
dya | Communecology

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culturework

a life-centred values-
based approach to
work and workplace

Changing the world
inside your head

Seeing Systems

Seeing Systems is an informative seminar and workshop that will introduce you to the fundamentals of living systems. Life has learned a thing or two about how to change, evolve and sustain itself, and we can learn a lot from its uncommon common sense. To create workplaces inspired by the values of life, people are needed who are inspired by the principles of life. read more

Q5

Q5 : New Leadership at Work is an inspiring development programme designed to deepen the capacity of leaders to respond meaningfully to an emerging future that is without precedent. A new kind of leader is needed to facilitate the deep cultural shift thatís required.

Over the course of this eight-part series combining cutting-edge perspectives with reflective dialogue and stimulating group conversation, youíll explore the human and cultural dimension of our global dilemmas and your potential to make a difference.

Q5 brings conversations that matter into places that matter. It is a new lens for a new kind of leadership, for a world in transition. read more

Every significant change, throughout history, has happened when the paradigm holding the status quo in place, shifted in some way. People began to see the world through new eyes, and the simple act of seeing it differently helped them think in new ways, and make the transition to a new place.

Without this fundamental shift, however, we rehash old ideas and recreate the past. Problems persist, not because there’s no alternative, but because there’s no alternative way of seeing and thinking about what’s going on.

Making assumptions

Language is a window into the paradigm in play, and the everyday language of the workplace contains all kinds of clues to the assumptions and beliefs that dominate every discipline, industry and profession today. Words like re-engineering, downsizing, embedding, skilling-up, cascading, rolling out, going forward and so on, all point to a belief that somehow the messiness of organisational life can be brought to heel with bureaucratic neatness and control.

If this rational, mechanistic language makes your heart sink, you’re not alone. There’s a growing community of people in all walks of life who feel there’s an enormous gap between the taken-for-granted view of the world, and the way the world really works. They know there has to be a better way, though they may not have an alternative lens and language to express their convictions.

But there is one, waiting to be embraced. It’s the lens of living systems, and its insights lie at the heart of CultureWork. The principles of life turn conventional wisdom on its head and inspire an entirely different way of engaging with the world around us.

Changing thinking changes everything

Appreciating organisations as living systems and understanding ourselves as participants in an interdependent living web in which everything affects everything else, transforms our understanding of how things work, how things change, and how to be more effective.

Seeing people and organisations as self-determining and naturally intelligent shifts attention away from planning and managing outcomes, to the more subtle task of cultivating the cultural space in which things happen.

In the wider context this shift in perception is the key to animating the cultural transition urgently needed in the institutions that shape our lives and our future. Seeing the world and our place in it in a relational, ‘systemic’ way would transform the values that drive us, the choices we make and in turn, the culture we create.

Discovering the principles of life and living systems is liberating and empowering. At last, a new lens, a new language, and a new common sense.

Yes, we can change the world. But first, we have to change the world inside our head.

CultureWork: what we do

The CultureWork suite of processes is a unique resource designed to support the work of transition in organisations and communities.

The insights of living systems inform our work and inspire a life-centred approach to cultural renewal. We present these ideas at workshops, seminars and conferences and help people explore this perspective more fully through our special development programmes Seeing Systems and Q5: New Leadership at Work.