There is a famous quote attributed to E.M Forester: "How do I know what I think until I see what I say?" Writing has always been my gateway into my own mind. I don't really know what I think until I see what I wrote. And yet, over the past ten years, I've scarcely written at all. Meanwhile, these days I find myself increasingly addicted to twitter, looking on as our society careens from one global-attention-grabbing crisis to the next, absorbed in the soundbite opinions of people I already I agree with, rarely inquiring deeply into what's really going on in the world, and what's really going on in my mind.
It's time for that to change.
What I hope to offer here is a different lens on what's happening in the world right now: one informed by cutting edge work on human development, meaning, belonging, and especially, by a framework that aims to explain how profound change takes place in human social systems (Theory U).
Though there are tens of thousands of Theory U practitioners worldwide, to my knowledge, there is no place online where someone who knows the work is trying to make sense of significant global events, and the leadership responses to them, through this lens. My intention here is to explore how this body of work might be helpful for understanding what's going on today, and possible ways to respond that could bring about a better future.
My aspiration is to write 60 posts before the end of 2017 - and to see what I think after that. If there are topics you think I should explore, blind spots I'm not considering, or if you simply want to be in touch, please let me know.
Today, I'm beginning again.