I just read an interview with Peter Senge in the Jakarta Post (link). In this interview he is talking about his latest book "In The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals and Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World (2008)". I will highlight some interesting passages which I would like to re-use in the future:
We got two curves that are creating big problems. One is the growing interdependence of the world...and a diminishing capacity to understand interdependence,
The further human society drifts away from nature, the less we understand interdependence
So if you deal with tribal cultures, prior to the agricultural revolution, many of them don’t even have a sense of themselves as separate from nature. They usually don’t have even a word for nature. You don’t have a word from something that’s not separate from you.
Agrarian societies, he says, developed a slightly different attitude, believing it was humans who initiate the “natural” systems, which were often highly religious, and that humans are separate and superior.
Senge describes himself as an ‘idealistic pragmatist’, an orientation that allows him to explore and advocate some quite ‘utopian’ and abstract ideas, most notable in relation to systems theory and the necessity of bringing human values into the workplace. He believes that vision, purpose, reflectiveness and systems thinking are essential if organizations are to realize their potential
Senge said his thoughts are more or less influenced by the Confucian theory of leadership, particularly the theory of “Great Learning”, which scholars believe was written by Confucius’ grandson.
It talks about the seven meditative spaces for leadership development and it starts with learning how to stop. A lot of people lost touch with what that means,” Senge says of the theory he was introduced to while in college.