Marc's Reflection on Aikido & True Play

More Specifically–Meadows

November 11th, 2012 · No Comments

Refelections on Meadows Leverage Points

Awakening (perceiving, the source of human paradigms)

  1. Sensations (awareness)
  2. Melting (losing control in order to be in the present moment)
  3. Pivoting effortlessly in the fullness of the moment (coherent action in the present moment)

Paradigms (sense-making)

  1. Connectedness (part of) (more than sum of parts)
  2. Love
  3. Emergence
  4. More than possession, control, and dominion.

Polis (politics) (wholeness–defined)

  1. Open forums
  2. WWW
  3. Neighbors
  4. The Commons (Ostrum)
  5. Community Organizing (Ganz)

Dynamic interconnected systems (system interactions among interdependent parts over time)

  1. Rippel ReThink Health Model of community health (ACO context)

Mechanics (algorithmic, rule based decisions and plans)

  1. Execution on plans which derive coherently from A, B, and C.


Health is fundamentally more than the absence of illness.

People are fundamentally more than consumers of goods and services.

Service providers are more than employees.

Institutions are more than bureaucracies.

Neighborhoods are more than inhabitants.

Citizens are more than people with rights.


Why organizations should encourage training

March 4th, 2012 · No Comments

Aikido training develops

Respect in action (non-violence, curiosity, playfulness)

Leaders who do not instill fear

Employees who don’t amplify the fear they find in others

Only under these conditions will curiosity and innovation flourish


Alternatives to fear full hierarchy?

March 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

This is THE big issue in large organizations

How to support

Safe (fearless) creative organizations

For organizational survival


Playfulness as the driver of Organizational Flourishing

March 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

Curiosity AND non-violence (playfulness)

are the simple rules (actually practices)

for emergence of happier

complex adaptive systems:




Work Organizations