A Pause That Refreshes

A Pause That Refreshes

In the time of the pandemic, what are we finding out about ourselves? What are the lessons we’ve learned?   My name is David Erskine and Dr. Kathleen Allen asked me to write a guest blog from just ten minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. As...
Adapt for Nature’s Sake

Adapt for Nature’s Sake

I had an interesting conversation the other morning. My friend was talking with a colleague who works at the VP level in a large tech firm. In the conversation they were sharing their experiences of sheltering in place and working from home. The exec said, “I don’t...
Letting Go for Nature’s Sake

Letting Go for Nature’s Sake

On April 15th four colleagues and I hosted a call on Leading Through Disruption: A Living Systems Path to Rapid Adaptation. On the call, we introduced some qualities of living systems and the adaptive cycle that nature uses to continue to evolve. We then posed the...
Seeing What is Invisible to Others

Seeing What is Invisible to Others

I revisited these two quotes that are attributed to Michelangelo recently. He said: I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. Every block of stone has a statue inside it, and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it. My mind went to the...
Instinct vs Consciousness

Instinct vs Consciousness

In nature, the monarch butterfly has shifted its migration patterns due to climate change. The butterflies didn’t wait for 100% of the scientific community to declare that climate change was happening. They also didn’t wait for Congress to declare that humans were...
Seizing the Opportunity to Evolve

Seizing the Opportunity to Evolve

Nature’s adaptive cycle Nature resets itself on an ongoing basis. This adaptive cycle is like a simple infinity loop that rests on its side. Imagine such a loop. The top left arc is exploring, learning, and discovery. From there it moves seamlessly to launching...