Archive for December, 2012

Season’s Greetings, with Thoughts on Transformation

December 16, 2012


Dear all,

2012, or MMXII, is a Sunday child – the year started on a Sunday. As the nursery rhyme goes, “the child that is born on the Sabbath day is bonny and blithe, and good and happy“. How did 2012 turn out for the world? And how was the year for you personally?

The world is supposed to come to an end on December 21st – let’s see what happens … but even the World Bank is now warning of climate change and states that ’time is running out’ and things need to change. Storm ’Sandy’ was only a warning …

In terms of how we interact with each other, this year we experienced the Greek government’s debt crisis; worried more about Iran’s nuclear plans; too silently witnessed atrocities in Syria’s civil war, Egypt struggling with democracy, and Israel and Palestine ending their truce.

I may not be alone in wondering about the future: Are we standing still? Are we going down an apocalyptic path, or do we make transformational choices?

Bill McKibben said: “Climate change is the single biggest thing that humans have ever done on this planet. The one thing that needs to be bigger is our movement to stop it.

The Indian author Arundhati Roy shared: “Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.

It’s our choice …

Personally, I am excited to now start work with colleagues who research on ’Harmonic Vibrancy’ – the perceived quality of relationships within an organization. Their research is part of what they call ’Ecosynomics’: The Science of Abundance and the Principles of Collaboration. In terms of future trends, that’s where they see the emphasis.

I would like to apply the concept of Harmonic Vibrancy to the notion of sustainability: To me, sustainability is, quite simply said, about the quality of relationships – those we have with those closest to us, with colleagues, with stakeholders and … with the environment.

Here’s hoping that 2012 turned out good for you personally, and that 2013 will be fulfilling. Wishing you joyful end-of-year celebrations and a harmonious, collaborative and transformational start into 2013 — Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year