"We cannot fix yesterday, but we can create tomorrow."
We have lost touch with our human needs for meaning, impacting, belonging, and becoming — causing us to build a system of work based on a paradigm of force stemming from the belief that people are inherently flawed, stupid, and lazy. Our current system of work comes from an antiquated paradigm that is causing tremendous organizational dysfunction and personal suffering.
We believe it’s unsustainable, and we deem it unacceptable, to continue working in a system of rules built on force.
Humanity lives and works in a paradigm of force that has created systems of ubiquitous command and control. From childhood we are taught to follow the rules. We are asked to play roles that constrain us — rather than be ourselves. Our organizations accordingly and unwittingly dominate us and create mass collateral damage.
We have grown to accept the Force Paradigm as part of our reality
RULES — Rules Above All
Rules take shape as Laws, Hierarchical Organizational Structures, Corporate, Departmental, and Disciplinary Policies, etc. Rules take priority over our lives.
ROLES — Roles Constrain Us
Roles are prevalent throughout society. They seem innocuous, however the roles of Owner, Boss, Employee and their corresponding Job Titles and Job Descriptions constrain us in many ways.
US — System Dominates Us
We are so inside the boxes of the rules and our roles that we have lost touch with how controlled we have become. The system consistently dominates us.
OUTCOME — Mass Collateral Damage
We all suffer as a consequence. Our lives are shaped by the constant barrage of force. Our ecology, communities, and families are under extreme stress, resulting in unhealthy and unsustainable ways of working and being.
Humanity has innate needs that drive our motivation and behavior. Reengaging these needs helps us overcome the Force Paradigm. Working with radical purpose shifts our view of work from one of toil to one of collaboration, creativity, collective impact, and a sustainable future of possibility.
Our innate needs can guide us towards an interdependent future
I — I Have Innate Needs
Our needs point us to our Radical Purpose and carry the wisdom of our evolution. They are not passing ideologies or a new set of principles that will fade with time.
WE — We Are Interdependent
We evolved to be interdependent, not independent. By understanding our collective purpose we can once again become whole in serving one another.
TOOLS — We Co-create Our Tools
Our current tools act as constraints. By co-creating collaborative tools that help us make decisions, agreements, and commitments, while serving our needs and building on our interdependence, we can enhance our ability to work together.
OUTCOME — Collective Impact
All around us we see situations that are unacceptable. Individually we feel unable to change them, but by collaborating without force we can overcome the dysfunction and make the collective impact we desire and are capable of making.
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