Disengaged workforces. Water shortages. Financial oligarchies. Climate change. Charismatic leadership. Mass migration. Wealth inequality.
In the words of Otto Scharmer, senior lecturer at MIT and co-founder of the Presencing Institute, we have entered an Age of Disruption. Traditional approaches are at an impasse. Yet the possibility of profound personal, organizational, societal change has never been more real.
This moment of disruption deals with death and rebirth. What's dying is an old civilization and a mindset of maximum "me" -- maximum consumption, bigger is better, and special-interest group-driven decision-making that has led us into a state of organized irresponsibility, collectively creating results that nobody wants.
What's being born is less clear but in no way less significant. The future is not just about firefighting and tinkering with the surface of structural change. It's not just about replacing one mindset that no longer serves us with another. It's a future that requires us to tap into a deeper level of our humanity, of who we really are and who we want to be as a society.
It's time for us to embrace this change and move towards a better future. The world needs companies to be a force for good, giving people the existence they deserve -- one of meaning, and of example. It will require us to rebuild institutions from the inside out and empower the people that drive them.
Organizations won't self-heal. We need to develop the critical skills this transformation will require. Now is the time to grow authentic leaders to collaborate and promote an inclusive workforce striving towards a common purpose. A world where businesses and society grow stronger, together.
Introducing Marmalade Fish.