Winter solstice – the still point of the turning world

December’s newsletter: Today is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, that time in the year when the nights are longest and the days are coldest. In the forest around where I live, the holly trees are at the height of their powers, with leaves that are dark-green and shiny, whilst the oaks and other Read more about Winter solstice – the still point of the turning world[…]

The bank that cares about more than money

Here’s a fascinating article about Handelsbanken, the Swedish bank that has over 200 branches in the UK and is the fastest growing bank in the UK. The article explains how the bank  has a very different approach from the typical large banks,  which are very focused on finding the benefits of large-scale. Handelsbanken  is much Read more about The bank that cares about more than money[…]

Humans – simply imperfect machines?

Sometimes, I forget I am an animal. Carried away with my ability to think, to calculate and analyse, to plan and strategise, I forget that I have a body with its own urges and needs, its own intelligence and ways of experiencing the world. I forget to honour my body’s need to move, to breathe Read more about Humans – simply imperfect machines?[…]

Farewell to feudalism? Time to change company law!

It is a rare thing to hear a Conservative prime minister call for more responsible capitalism. Theresa May’s remarks at the recent  party conference of the UK’s Conservativeare party are a sign that large corporations are breaking the unwritten contract they have with society. Corporate scandals that regularly hit the headlines (most recently Sports Direct and BHS, Read more about Farewell to feudalism? Time to change company law![…]

Reflections on the 2016 Human Organising Festival

Here’s some reflections I had after the first Human Organising Festival in June: Firstly, here’s a selection of comments from participants: “what a great festival it was!  Congratulations! And thank you for the inspiration.” “Well done on organising an inspiring gathering.” “Thanks so much for this extraordinary festival.” “I think there is a huge need Read more about Reflections on the 2016 Human Organising Festival[…]

Lessons from Mars

A few years ago I interviewed John Bannister, who spent over 27 years with Mars confectionery. He was general manager of the Slough factory in the 1980s, responsible for over 3000 staff.   I had heard some interesting remarks about the company, which is one the largest privately owned companies in the world.   What lessons might Read more about Lessons from Mars[…]

Notes of gathering – 8 September 2015

What does success look like and how do you measure it? Is it about numbers alone? If so, the gathering of the Human Organising Project at St Ethelburgas earlier this month was a failure, Two of us turned up, compared to 11 previously. But numbers don’t serve to measure anything interesting or complex. A kilo Read more about Notes of gathering – 8 September 2015[…]

Responsive? Agile?

There is a lot of interest in business in the concept of “agile” or “responsive” businesses. Some people have got interested enough to set up a website and write a manifesto. See here Here are some extracts from their manifesto: “The tension between organizations optimized for predictability and the unpredictable world they inhabit has reached Read more about Responsive? Agile?[…]