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Filtering by Tag: Systems Change

What's the Big Idea?

Peter Nicholson

Adjusting Discipline
We hope. During occasional moments in my 10+ year yoga practice, I’ve contemplated quitting. The physical machinations don't seem worth the delayed, amorphous results. A client recently commented “I was hoping that the document you sent would have that one big, game changing idea. It didn’t.” The nature of innovation is misunderstood. I’m eager for substantial, meaningful breakthroughs, yet have learned how much hard, slogging work is required to create the conditions for them to occur.

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Going for Too Much?

Peter Nicholson

Bit By Bit
Go big, or go home. I used to be enamored by the allure of fostering large-scale change that would catalyze more sustainable behaviors and practices. However, the potential of more modest shifts has been occupying my attention lately. I’ve experienced this in my yoga practice, finding that a series of smaller, more accessible adjustments can add up over time. Striving for bigger ones often resulted in fatigue, injury or frustration. Achieving these more minute inflections, however, demands a more focused and disciplined level of concentration, and forfeiting the yearning for the ego-gratifying big win.

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This Week in History

Peter Nicholson

The Selma to Montgomery March, organized by a coalition of African-American organizations, began on March 21, 1965 and built significant momentum for the passage of the Voting Rights Act later that year. It is a reminder that systems change is achieved not through the benevolence of powerful leaders, but rather through collective action by ordinary people, who often overcome violence and oppression to change the status quo.

This Week in History

Peter Nicholson

Since the first polio vaccination on February 23, 1954, the worldwide effort to eradicate the disease has almost succeeded, but is now hampered by mainly geopolitical challenges. This dynamic appears often in systems change efforts, where scientific breakthroughs are straightforward in comparison to the social and political transformations required to achieve their full benefits.

what does emergence even mean?

Lyndon Valicenti

For its 2017 Person of the Year, Time magazine just named “The Silence Breakers;” the brave people who have bared their pain from sexual harassment, misconduct, and abuse by those at the highest levels of power and influence, and catalyzed the emergence of a truly transformative movement that is shifting our cultural tolerance. YES! 

While we have touched on the concept of emergence before in this series, this moment presents a compelling example and an opportunity to revisit it. So, let’s re-pose: what does emergence even mean?

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