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The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think. ― Gregory Bateson
The world is a complex, interconnected, finite, ecological–social–psychological–economic system. We treat it as if it were not, as if it were divisible, separable, simple, and infinite. Our persistent, intractable global problems arise directly from this mismatch. ― Donella Meadows
Life creates the conditions that are conductive to life. ― Janine Benyus
The fertility cycle is a cycle entirely of living creatures passing again and again through birth, growth, maturity, death, and decay. ― Wendell Berry
Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. ― Albert Einstein
[Holism is] the tendency in nature to form wholes that are greater than the sum of the parts through creative evolution. ― Jan Christian Smuts
Instead of the animistic, mechanistic, or the mathematical universe, we see the genetic, organic, holistic universe. ― Jan Christian Smuts
When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. ― John Muir
Mechanistic thinking focuses on "what," and holistic thinking digs into "why. — Pearl Zhu
Meditate often on the interconnectedness and mutual interdependence of all things in the universe. ― Marcus Aurelius
One of the fastest ways to learn interdependence is to shift how we show up in relationship. Primarily, we get more honest… Radical Honesty… ask the questions you really want answered, speak your truth and let the relationship build inside all that reality. ―Adrienne Maree Brown
All living beings are members of ecological communities bound together in a network of interdepenencies. When this deep ecological perception becomes part of our daily awareness, a radically new system of ethics emerges. ― Fritjof Capra, The Web of Life
The more complex the network is, the more complex its pattern of interconnections, the more resilient it will be. ― Fritjof Capra
There is a strong current in contemporary culture advocating ' holistic ' views as some sort of cure-all... Reductionism implies attention to a lower level while holistic implies attention to higher level. These are intertwined in any satisfactory description: and each entails some loss relative to our cognitive preferences, as well as some gain... there is no whole system without an interconnection of its parts and there is no whole system without an environment. ― Francisco Varela
There is a global shortage of workers with the critical-thinking skills, technical agility, motivation, and independence needed by the emerging economy. What is urgently needed now is an approach to work design that educates workers to be successful in the 21st century. ― Carol Sanford, The Regenerative Business
Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and do try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answer, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. The point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer. ― Rainer Maria Rilke (1903)
Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them. ― Buckminster Fuller
The most important thing each of us can know is our unique gift and how to use it in the world. Individuality is cherished and nurtured, because, in order for the whole to flourish, each of us has to be strong in who we are and carry our gifts with conviction, so they can be shared with others. ― Robin Wall Kimmerer
The systemic understanding of life is the recognition that networks are the basic pattern of organisation of all living systems. Wherever we see life, we see networks. Indeed, at the very heart of the change of paradigms from the mechanistic to the systemic view of life we find a fundamental change of metaphors: from seeing the world as a machine to understanding it as a network. ― Fritjof Capra
In a connected world, power no longer emanates from the top of the heap, but the centre of the network. ― Greg Satell
The temptation to lead as a chess master, controlling each move of the organization, must give way to an approach as a gardener, enabling rather than directing. A gardening approach to leadership is anything but passive. The leader acts as an “Eyes-On, Hands-Off” enabler who creates and maintains an ecosystem in which the organization operates. ― Stanley McChrystal
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