from work-centred life
to life-centred work

The Challenge

The Culture Challenge Talk

These ideas are expanded in The Culture Challenge talk, a timely provocation that outlines the challenge of culture change in a world undergoing radical change, and paints a hopeful perspective of what is entirely possible if we can take a different approach to change.

Available as a breakfast, lunchtime or evening presentation, or as a conference keynote, The Culture Challenge talk is an excellent stimulus for new conversations and new thinking about the culture shift thatís necessary if organisations are to add their weight and influence to the transition that is underway globally.

It is a thought-provoking contribution to the agenda of any professional network, association or development organisation that would like its members to engage in a deeper discussion about the intersection of their professional choices and the wider context.

The Culture Challenge is also available as part of a day or half-day workshop in which to begin an organisation-specific conversation.

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Transforming our culture by transforming the culture of the organisations that shape it

Human culture is nested in a wider culture - Nature - and the evidence is now overwhelming that this relationship is way out of balance. We're bumping up against ecological limits in nature's capacity to carry the ever-expanding human population and we're squeezing human limits to carry the increasing stress and strain inherent in an accelerated way of living.

The challenge facing us all right now, for our own sake and for future generations, is to restore balance both ecologically and socially, and this will only be possible with the will and leadership of the dominant institutions.

The nature and quality of our culture is greatly determined by the culture and values of the dominant institutions. The bards and storytellers of contemporary society, they structure our aspirations and social patterns and influence our ideas about who we are and where we're going, how we should live, what's important and much more.

The challenge for education, for business, finance, government, the mainstream media in all its forms, for religious communities and all who do the work of the world, is to align their organisations with an inspiring goal that urges them to use their particular craft or skills to narrow the gap between human and natural needs.

Every organisation, public and private, is a potential agent of progressive change and can choose to be part of the solution.

Being 'less bad' isn't enough. Doing the right thing goes beyond regulation or the surface footprint of corporate social responsibility by deliberately putting a deeper purpose at the heart of the organisational DNA.

Growing public awareness is putting pressure on organisations in all walks of life to re-evaluate their activities and their goals, and those that are responding are finding that doing the right thing is not just good for the soul, it's good for employees, good for markets and good for business.

Organisations don't make decisions of course, people do. And we can all decide if what we are facilitating is ethical or worthy. We can choose to leave our values in the carpark or bring them to work each day. We can imagine alternatives, and we can use our work to open up new pathways to a different, more secure future - if we choose to.

That's the challenge at the heart of our culture: to restore balance in the relationship between our personal values and the work that we do, and the world we create. And it's the deeper purpose at the heart of CultureWork.

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