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Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm.
Positive Emergence informed by authentic presencing and conscious transformation
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Communities of practice enable the integration of work and learning | Harold Jarche

Communities of practice enable the integration of work and learning | Harold Jarche | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

Some characteristics of communities of practice:

People want to join them.
They usually have a higher purpose, that one person alone cannot achieve.
People feel affinity for their communities of practice.
There are both strong and weak social ties.
You know you are in a community of practice when it changes your practice.

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Places to Intervene in a System by Donella H. Meadows - developer.*, Developer Dot Star

Places to Intervene in a System by Donella H. Meadows - developer.*, Developer Dot Star | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

Folks who do systems analysis have a great belief in "leverage points." These are places within a complex system (a corporation, an economy, a living body, a city, an ecosystem) where a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything.

The systems community has a lot of lore about leverage points. Those of us who were trained by the great Jay Forrester at MIT have absorbed one of his favorite stories. "People know intuitively where leverage points are. Time after time I've done an analysis of a company, and I've figured out a leverage point. Then I've gone to the company and discovered that everyone is pushing it in the wrong direction!" 

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Anne Caspari's comment, March 24, 2013 6:36 AM
still so valid.
Marc Rabaey's curator insight, January 6, 4:59 AM

The magic of leverage points

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Elinor Ostrom Outlines Best Strategies for Managing the Commons | On the Commons

Elinor Ostrom Outlines Best Strategies for Managing the Commons | On the Commons | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

A breakthrough for the commons came in 2009 when Elinor Ostrom won the Nobel Prize for Economics. The first woman awarded this honor, the Indiana University political scientist not only made history but also helped debunk widespread notions that the commons inevitably leads to tragedy. In 50 years of research from Nepal to Kenya to Switzerland to Los Angeles, she has shown that commonly held resources will not be destroyed by overuse if there is a system in place to manage how they are shared.

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Naomi Stanford - A Pattern Language

Naomi Stanford - A Pattern Language | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

"In order to do a better job of developing, communicating, and pursuing a strategy, you need to learn to think like a designer."

 

Alexander, in his book begins with towns, pointing out that "These patterns can never be designed or built in one fell swoop - but patient piecemeal growth, designed in such a way that every individual act is always helping to create or generate this larger global patterns [that] will, slowly and surely, over the years, make a community."  

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