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As we enter 2020 many of us have been flooded with blogs, email and other social media channels telling us: (1) This is how you should set your goals and make resolutions for 2020, and (2) Aren’t we great: this is what we achieved against all odds in 2019. (3) Go big, make a noise, aim as high as you can Quite overwhelming. quite boring. In this newsletter we look at a few small things that we can do (as individuals and organisations) that might make a difference
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THINKING ABOUT WISER, SIMPLER LIVING
“Take the backward step and turn the light inward” - Zen master Dogen
“It would be so much easier if we were asked to live a simple life in a simple world, but we’re asked to live a simple life in a complicated world.” Zen master Katagiri Roshi
“The limits of my language are the limits of my world.” –Ludwig Wittgenstein
"It's not happiness that makes us grateful. It's gratitude that makes us happy" - Brother David Steindl-Rast
“Nobody becomes a full human being without love” – Thomas Keating
“We are as clever with our machines and technologies as we are simple-minded in the management of our emotions. We have the technology of an advanced civilization balancing precariously on an emotional base that has not developed much since we dwelt in caves. We have the appetites and destructive furies of primitive primates who have come into possession of thermonuclear warheads” - Alain de Botton (2019) The School of Life: an emotional education Penguin Books
Kurt Vonnegut located the wellspring of happiness in a source so simple yet so countercultural in our capitalist society: “The knowledge that I’ve got enough”.
THINKING ABOUT WISER WORKING
Patagonia deplore the suggestion that business has no responsibility to the environment, no responsibility to social good, no responsibility to an economy with fairer trade practices: “Total bullshit. It’s a totally outdated way of thinking about the world” (Rose Marcario, CEO)
Ultimately it comes down to how corporates live their espoused values. Rich Karlgaard puts values alongside strategy and culture as the three critical elements for business success. How we leverage those values is key. For example telling our stories in a way that gets through “in a world where outsiders often exercise the louder voice”.
(Rich Karlgaard (2014) The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success. Jossey Bass)
“No animal will foul its own nest … and if we think of the earth as our nest, which it is, we’re fouling it … no animal will destroy its own habitat. It’s counter- evolutionary …” - Gabor Maté
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