We have entered an age of disruption. Financial collapse, climate change, resource depletion, and a growing gap between rich and poor are but a few of the signs. Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer ask, why do we collectively create results nobody wants? Read more...
We have entered an age of disruption. Financial collapse, climate change, resource depletion, and a growing gap between rich and poor are but a few of the signs. Otto Scharmer and Katrin Kaufer ask, why do we collectively create results nobody wants? Meeting the challenges of this century requires updating our economic logic and operating system from an obsolete "ego-system" focused entirely on the well-being of oneself to an eco-system awareness that emphasizes the well-being of the whole. Filled with real-world examples, this thought-provoking guide presents proven practices for building a new economy that is more resilient, intentional, inclusive, and aware.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-05-27
- Reviewer: Staff
If the title sounds a little grandiose, don’t be fooled: it’s a lot grandiose. This heavy-handed, confused look at life in the age of disruption from Scharmer (Theory U) and Kaufer, stakeholders at the Presencing Institute, is aimed at anyone trying to effect change: business, governmental, or societal. The authors distinguish between undesirable “ego-system awareness”—a worldview in which one cares only for oneself—and the ideal “eco-system worldview,” which expands to include everyone. The book provides intriguing examples of eco-system worldview shifts, such as the Arab Spring, but also includes loftily stated and too-vague worksheets and questions for self-improvement: “Where do you experience a world that is dying (in your society, in your organization, in yourself)?” Readers looking for a high-level way to reshape thinking around their companies may find this a helpful exercise in identifying the blind spots that block transformation, but most will find themselves playing buzzword bingo, frustrated by the lack of concrete strategy and chapter headers like “The Evolution of Capitalism as an Evolution of Consciousness.” The book’s good ideas are lost in a scrum of overinflated writing and self-importance. (July)