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Systems Maps of Thomas Friedman's article "The Big American Leak"

Posted by: Sara on Monday, December 13, 2010 Comments (1)

Tom Friedman speaks the language of Systems consistently in his NYT articles on the geo-political impact of our petroleum addiction. In the following systems diagrams, I map Mr. Friedman's recent article The Big American Leak. For more on this approach, see Linda Booth Sweeney's Friedman Project. As I said in my submission to the NYT, we use the systems maps because we believe they may make Mr. Friedman’s powerful arguments even more accessible to readers. Note if you are new to ...

Why We Might Fight, 2011 Edition

Posted by: Sara on Monday, December 13, 2010 Comments (0)

By Thom Shanker, New York Times, Week in Review, 12.12.10 Countries thirst for oil, compete for minerals and confront climate change. The American military, with surprising allies, worries that these issues represent a new source of conflict. Introduction: A Need for ‘Natural Security’ Why We Might Fight In 1997, my partner Joe Laur and I along with colleagues from the MIT Organizational Learning Center including HP, Intel, Amoco, Harley Davidson and the US Army War College ...

Radical Renewal: You, Your people, Your Planet

Posted by: Sara on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 Comments (0)

It is Friday afternoon and the deadlines are looming. My 3rd grader, Sam will be getting off the bus at 3:15. Get him and then his twin sister who goes to a different school and is at a friend’s 20 minutes to the west. We’ve just completed our weekly finance meeting and I’m a bit down. How can we make as much money as we are blessed to, and still be in the red every month? Doesn’t seem like we buy stuff or are extravagant. Still. . . .where to earn more revenue or cut ...

The Iceberg Cometh: Leaders for a New Climate

Posted by: Sara on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 Comments (0)

Go Deeper to Go Higher. Reflections from the first gathering of “Leaders for a New Climate.” With Drew Jones and Sara Schley at MIT; Oct 19-21, 2010 It is the evening before the last day of Leaders for a New Climate a workshop that Drew Jones of Climate Interactive and I have created. The title has two meanings by intention: 1) How to be an effective leader in abating Global Climate change and 2) How to create new respectful climates for engagement with others. Others with a ...

Participants reviews of "Leaders for a New Climate" workshop held in October at MIT

Posted by: Sara on Wednesday, September 22, 2010 Comments (0)

Here are some testimonials from participants: The course was excellent with enthusiastic and well-informed instructors presenting cutting edge and needed information. - Walter Zachritz, National Park Service Thanks for all the inspiration, creative tools for looking at the world, and ultimately – hope! - Katie Lund, Graham Institute for Environmental Sustainability As a student studying System Dynamics this was a unique opportunity to learn how people, in various ways, are ...

Deep Water

Posted by: Sara on Friday, July 2, 2010 Comments (0)

Imagine you are a Petroleum executive in the CEO – Suite. It’s the end of the 3rd Quarter and your company’s numbers don’t look good. You didn’t make your revenue targets. Wall Street is not impressed and your price per share is going down. Share holder pressure is up. Meantime you know that Oil reservoirs are decreasing world-wide. The proverbial low hanging fruit has been picked and you have to invest in exploration in uncharted territory. With the ...

Design for a New World: The Bucky Fuller Convergence

Posted by: Sara on Monday, June 7, 2010 Comments (0)

Last week I had the privilege of attending the Buckminster Fuller Institute (BFI), “Design Science Revolution Convergence,” in Washington DC. “Bucky,” the affectionate term by which Fuller is known, was a pioneering systems thinker, visionary, inventor, and an inspiration to many. I’d heard the rough outline of his life’s epiphany and found it described as follows on the web: "In 1927, at the age of 32, Buckminster Fuller stood on the shores of Lake ...

Save the Date!

Posted by: Sara on Friday, May 28, 2010 Comments (0)

Climate Interactive’s Drew Jones and Seed Systems’ Sara Schley invite you to join us for a new Workshop: Leaders for a New Climate: Systems Thinking and the C-ROADS Simulation October 19-21 Boston, MA For more information or to register now please go direct to: http://climateinteractive.org/events Attend to develop your capacities in: Systems thinking: Causal loop and stock-flow diagramming. Leadership and learning: Vision, reflective conversation, consensus ...

Goldi-locks' Crown Part 2

Posted by: Sara on Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Comments (0)

What do the ancestors know? What do the indigenous peoples of this planet who have lived sustainably for millennia know? What do the Grandmothers know? What do our sacred wisdom traditions from around the world -- the Mayans, the Kabbalists, the Tibetan Buddhists, the Lakota, the Taosists and so many more -- know? What is science telling us – from the biology of the world wide web of micro-organisms, to the physics of the butterfly’s wings, to the astronomy of the cosmos -- about ...

Goldi-locks' Crown: Kabbalah, Cosmology and Consciousness for a New Climate

Posted by: Sara on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Comments (0)

I’m writing from our Gazebo, a hand-made, wooden, screened-in Octagon, surrounded by the baby green maple, birch, and oak leaves of early spring. The stream flows below us lending that primordial sound of the womb. A soothing vibration that evokes an exhale. My shoulders drop, my belly softens, I breathe in the promise of spring. It is lady slipper season in Western Massachusetts and so we’ve come out to the Gazebo to see the expansive field of these flowers. They are ...

Gulf Spill as Obama's 9/11 opportunity. Tom Friedman NY Times Op-Ed. Right on in my view

Posted by: Sara on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 Comments (0)

Friedman encourages President Obama to sieze this moment in the Gulf to inspire a new energy and climate vision. www.nytimes.com/2010/05/19/opinion/19friedman.html

The Theory of AND, Part 1

Posted by: Sara on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 Comments (0)

The Theory of And “You think you know two, because you know one, and one and one equals two. But you fail to know ‘and.’” -- Sufi teacher as quoted by Donella Meadows in Beyond the Limits I recently attended a board meeting for a Washington, D.C. based non profit whose mission is to support agriculture production that enhances the ecosystems on which all life depends. In other words, how do you feed 7 billion people without poisoning the environment. The board is ...

Wickett Pond: Introducing the "8S" Path

Posted by: Sara on Monday, March 15, 2010 Comments (0)

“Mara and I are perfecting the art of living,” I tell my husband Joe. I am literally crunching granola as I speak. And I almost hugged a tree this morning. At least I hugged my butt to a south-facing icy rock. Soaking the surprisingly strong rays of a mid-February New England sunrise. Mara and I have just skied through the woods in to Wickett Pond, a mile long expanse of snow covered ice in this season. I checked the depth with my ski pole crunching through a hole left on the ...

Climate and Consciousness

Posted by: Sara on Monday, March 15, 2010 Comments (0)

Last fall I had the privilege of hearing Dr. Beth Sawin of www.ClimateInteractive.org give her most recent presentation of the Climate Change simulator she’s co-created with partners Drew Jones and Tom Fiddamin. I’ve known Beth for many years and have deep respect for her professional brilliance and personal integrity. Beth is a student of the late Donella Meadows, and like her mentor she is loath to get on a plane so as not to increase her contribution to Carbon footprint, even if ...